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  • One secret of first-person travel writing is the presence of the narrator as a good companion. It probably cannot be taught – a writer either is or is not sympathetic, amusing, insightful and informative. Sara Wheeler has had it from the off. You want to travel with her, and you want to travel blind.

    Roger Hutchinson, Scotsman
  • A true celebration.

    Ruth Scurr, Daily Telegraph
  • Bracing and ebullient... This is a fresh and unforgettable picture of the country we have been steadily falling out of love with; a second act indeed.

    Frances Wilson, Sunday Telegraph
  • Her latest work, published just ahead of International Women's Day on Friday, is perfect for women who want to shake a fist at the fading light.

    Ginny Dougary, Guardian
  • A curious and teasing book... Wheeler is a writer of great composure and energy, and out of these American adventures she fashions something unexpected and compelling, and that is a portrait of a nation under construction.

    Anthony Sattin, Spectator

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