The Prodigal Tourist Returns
A unique travel guide by an Englishman returning to London and discovering a country he never knew
“A perceptive, engaging, and informative take on contemporary England as seen through the eyes of a fellow expatriate who writes with humor and affection. The cast of characters has an almost Dickensian vivacity.” —Michael York
Denis Lipman left London’s East End for Washington, DC more than 20 years ago, but made an annual pilgrimage year after year to visit aging parents, a pair of cantankerous, real-life Cockneys. He endured the visits as best he could.
Enter an American wife. Not content with a grin-and-bear-it attitude, she declares that since each year’s trip to England was inevitable, it was to be enjoyed: see the sites, taste the culture, go places! Against his will, our expat becomes a tourist in his homeland and comes to discover it’s not so bad after all. Through new eyes, England is certainly better than he remembered!
Enjoy a travel memoir more carbolic than bucolic. Discover a place where the sun rarely shines, where electricity is coin-operated, and where canned beans on toast is a cornerstone of cuisine. Taste the real East End and tour with a colorful, combative and fundamentally affectionate family as they rent cottages, host outrageous relatives, meet the locals and discover the English countryside.
Here is England seen entire, from inside out, from bottom to top, as Denis Lipman returns from America to his working class family home in blighted Dagenham. From there he, his young American wife, and his cockney Mum and Dad embark on a series of funny, touching, madcap, and even surreal adventures as they visit landmarks and holiday spots in England—as well as a good many pubs. The result is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic, The Washington Post; author of the memoir, An Open Book
Denis Lipman is a seasoned creative and commercial writer with experience in advertising and theater. He is co-owner of The Creative Shop, an advertising and marketing firm in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with clients ranging from hi-tech to education. Since coming to the States, a number of his plays have been performed at the Washington Theatre Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, and the Arts Club of Washington.
Author’s Web Site: http://www.ayankbacktoengland.com/prodigaltourist/
A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns
Paper, 320 pages