Troubador Some People Prefer Hotels

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Released: 02/04/2014

ISBN: 9781783061433

Format: Paperback

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Some People Prefer Hotels

Motorhome Novices Tour Cornwall


Some People Prefer Hotels gets its title from a grumpy old work colleague’s comment when Nigel and his wife bought a motorhome. Whilst nervously driving to Cornwall for a week’s holiday during the first heavy rainfall for months and the windscreen wipers stop working, it seemed he had a point. What with the rotten weather, wobbly campsite toilet pan, temperamental showers and being cooped up such a confined space with Monty, their faithful Border Terrier, surrounded by dripping wet weather gear and muddy boots, they start to think that buying a motorhome was a huge mistake. Luckily the weather improves, but as they explore some of Cornwall’s most idyllic and historic places, some for the first time and others they’d been to before, if something could go wrong, it generally did… As well as expressing his candid and crotchety observations about their campsite experiences and life in general, the author also goes on a personal inner journey as sentimental old memories were triggered off by his motorhome holiday. If you haven’t already done so, you might just be tempted to buy a motorhome and likewise take to the road. Or, there again, you may prefer hotels! Reminiscent of Bill Bryson’s style, Some People Prefer Hotels is the perfect read for motorhomers! 5% of proceeds of this book will be donated to cancer charities.

'The author's travel writing is well observed and his engaging motorhome experiences will no doubt ring true with many of our readers as well as other motorhomers.'

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Very witty and entertaining read. Ideal if you are thinking of buying a motor home - or new to it - since you get a first hand account of the ups and downs - along with some handy tips!

by Jane Taylor

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Some bits were very informative & other parts made me laugh out loud. Can't wait for the sequel.

by John

This very detailed and funny account of holidaying in a motorhome will be reassuringly familiar to fellow motorhomers. The ups and downs come as no surprise to us - I'm glad we're not alone in taking wrong turns and making false starts! Lots of lovely historical detail too about places visited recently and in years gone by. And yes... we also share many of your crotchety gripes!

by Hazel Jackson

Some People Prefer Hotels is unmistakably genuine, and the author has elevated this book above the usual motorhome dairies by skilfully intertwining the tale of his motorhome baptism of fire with memories of family holidays when his children were young. The result is a very enjoyable read that's certain to strike a chord with almost anyone who has ever holidayed in the UK. The book deserves to be a success and I'd recommend it to anyone with an affection for (or aversion to) motorhomes and British campsite holidays.

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by Roland Head

A brilliant book!

When you read this book, you join Nigel,Emm (his wife) and there dog Monty on their first ever motor-home holiday. You will enjoy the funny, frustrating and interesting times as though you were there with them.

I would recommend this book to anyone whether you like comedy, factual or travel books, there is something here for you. I am 13 years old and would , therefore, also recommend this book to anyone of any age.

by Adam W

In my continuing support of local writers I am pleased to be able to review this book for Nigel who grew up in Fleet. "Some People Prefer Hotels Motorhome Novices tour Cornwall" is about Nigel and Emm's enthusiasm for a motorhome and the learning curve which goes with being a novice.

With the children left home, they sink their savings in to a motorhome and plan a trip to Cornwall. They return to places they've visited in the past and found new places of interest too. Nigel writes with humour and a good dose of grumbling as things go wrong and the rain is determined to make its mark.

They take Monty the dog and visit some lovely places such as Trebah Gardens, St Michael's Mount, Lands-end. Looe and Polperro. The book includes some wonderful photos and tips from Nigel about how best to navigate and park your own motorhome when visiting many of these sites.

With the trip at a final successful end, Nigel leaves the reader with a set of useful items he suggests you might need to survive your own trip. It's a great slow paced tour of one of Britain's most popular counties.

by Rosie Amber

An extremely enjoyable read. Personally I'm not a fast reader. Unlike my wife who reads two or three books per week. !!
Some people prefer hotels allowed me to pick up the next chapter easily, recalling Nigel and Emms thoughts and adventures as they backtrack on previous encounters and experiences while growing up together. Traveling along on the journey with them each stop reignites a spark from the past in Nigel's imaginative mind. Partly knowing the area and landscape they traveled through I couldn't help using my slow reading skills or could it be not to rush to the end of an enjoyable book,to googling up the sights and roads they were traveling on, the B3273 for instance before returning to the book to see where next the motorhome takes us. Recommended.

by Kevin Fitzgerald

An excellent read.
Being a person who Prefers Hotels I found this book a most facinating read and by the end it has swayed my opinion to the point that I'd like to try a motor home holiday.
I read it on various holidays, it is very well written that allows you to pick up from where you left off.
The humorous antics coupled with information about the places they have visited make for a good read; it could double as a tourist guide.
Some good Do's and Dont's For first time motor homing!

by Colin

Similar experiences as all of us "campers". If you are considering a camper van or a caravan this book is essential reading, super!!

by Don Cresswell

I bought this book with the intention of putting it in the motorhome and reading it while away, then started to read it 'just a few pages' and then just had to carry on to the end. Id recommend it to anyone with a motorhome/travel interest. We intend to do the tour as in the book this summer visiting the many places mentioned. A great read.

by Chris North

Some People Prefer Hotels is one man's account of those first miles in a motorhome. He captures the steep learning curve in great detail: the trials, the successes, the fun and the freedom. He also offers asides which are informative and give the book an added dimension. Overall this was a fascinating read.

by Mark Lawn

Nigel tells how his eventful holiday was with brutal honesty, as befitting an Engineer with integrity. Its scope is much broader than the motorhome holiday, though. Consequently, there is a rich source of knowledge with lessons to be learned. The appendices are particularly useful and I am still thoroughly enjoying reading it. I haven't finished it owing to achieving the status of re-employment, but I shall.

Believing that the Cornish Celts had been sufficiently subdued and this English possession was at rest, mostly, my wife and I paid our first visit to those parts in November 2013 to inspect the interest we had in a hotel property.

We had toyed with buying a "motor-home," for some time, but decided that it would be too cumbersome to effect a rapid retreat from the colony in the face of a resurgence of unrest. Anyhow, on our return, not only were we relieved that our interest was secure and developing well in St. Ives but, on reviewing and printing some photographs of the gorgeous places we visited, I found that a Mr. Nigel Rowland Hicks had written about his experience with a "motor home" and travelled to some of those self-same places into which we had ventured .

Although our experience was without the ghastly irritations he suffered, he well describes the places in Cornwall to the extent that I should have preferred reading it before we went.

Perhaps because November does not attract too many "foreigners" such as ourselves, we doubly enjoyed the glorious weather without much interference. We were welcomed by the warm-hearted natives and enjoyed our holiday. [For genuine Foreigners (non UK nationals,) I should note that for some peoples of the British Isles, anyone who is not a native of the locality where such sentiments about "foreigners" are exercised - usually those that claim a Celtic inheritance in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall, oh, and Yorkshire, Northumberland and the peoples of the Socialist Republics of London, Islington, Newham, Haringey, etc. - are considered "foreigners."]

Generally, Nigel writes with similar colourful language and quite frank about his own shortcomings and I can laugh with him and commiserate with his long-suffering wife.

My only gripe about the book, well it isn't a gripe really, but I do drive a 4x4, a Landrover Discovery. It may be something of a tank on the roads but it is also a defence against other idiot road users. And as Nigel found, they are not just confined to the roads.

Read the book - it's very different from the usual travelogue but more entertaining and instructive for we which would contemplate a motorhome holiday.

C R Jacquier

by Chris Jacquier

Some People Prefer Hotels is a delightful account of Nigel’s first trip in his newly purchased motorcaravan. It’s a great read for any active motorcaravanner – they’ll recognise the frustrating moments as well as sharing in the sheer joie de vivre that permeates both our shared lifestyle and this well-written tale. In addition it’s an absolute ‘must have’ for those considering purchase, first timers and greenhorns. We’ve all been there and now we are hooked!

by Gentleman Jack Bancroft (Motor Caravanner Magazine et al)

A well written, informative and very funny book. Love the tales of times gone by and descriptions of the places visited. One to be picked up at every opportunity. A very enjoyable read and very good value for money.

by Diana Edwards

Really enjoyed this book, I could relate so much to 'motor home life' as we have our own little motor home.
Wishing Nigel would write another book, very well written. and made me long to be out and about in my motor home.

by Joy

I met Nigel Rowland Hicks earlier this year while camping. I would like to thank him for the signed copy.
I found when reading it that I could relate to a lot of things that he had go wrong. Sometimes they still do! So it did bring a smile to my face at times.

by keith smith

Nigel Rowland Hicks

After serving his apprenticeship at what was the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Nigel Rowland Hicks worked man and boy for the Ministry of Defence in a number of aeronautical engineering jobs.

He was brought up in Fleet, Hampshire and, after marrying lived in Aldershot, Bordon, Aldershot again, Stubbington and Hillhead on the south coast, Farnham and the beautiful hamstone village of Chiselborough in Somerset. He now resides in Highcliffe, Dorset, having bought a ‘tired’ bungalow as a retirement project.

As well as writing, DIY and travelling in the motorhome, he plays both squash and racquetball, likes swimming, relaxing in the sauna, going to the theatre and rambling. (Some people say he rambles too much!)

He has always enjoyed reading, especially biographies – he likes to know what makes people tick – as well as nostalgia, travel and humour, and always has a book on the go.

Sometimes when he’s been disappointed with a certain book, he’s thought he could have written a better one himself, but never found the time to do anything about it. Whilst a senior manager at Yeovilton, he often thought that embellishing annual staff reports and bonus reviews to be excellent practice for writing fiction!

So, when he and his wife bought their motorhome and everything started to go wrong, he decided to record everything that happened and then write it up. Although not fiction – it couldn’t possibly have been made up – Some People Prefer Hotels is the result.’

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