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East of Croydon

Narrated by: Sue Perkins
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of East of Croydon, written and read by Sue Perkins.   

A few years ago I was asked if I'd like to make a documentary on the Mekong River, travelling from the vast delta in Vietnam to the remote and snowy peaks of Tibet.  

Up until that point, the farthest east I'd been was Torremolinos, in the Costa Del Sol.   

Here's the thing:   

  • I am scared of flying.  
  • I have zero practical skills.  
  • I can't survive if I am more than a three minute walk from a supermarket. 
  • For the last seven years I have suffered with crippling anxiety. 
  • I bolt when panicked.  
  • I cannot bear to witness humans or animals in distress.
  • I have no ability to learn languages.
  • I am a terrible hypochondriac.
  • And I am no good with boats.

So I said yes.

©2018 Sue Perkins (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Loved it!

Sue Perkins achieves the most delightful balance and shifts between silliness, wit, sentiment and insight. I loved the raw emotion and brutal honesty. More please!

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She has done it again!

Once again Sue Perkins delights you with her humour, insight and love. You finish wanting more and feeling like you have made a new best friend! I hope the books keep coming!

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Please go on more adventures Sue!

I could listen to Sue talk all day, and I pretty much did for three. Be prepared to unexpectedly laugh out loud. People look at you funny. Be mindful that you may also cry. People also look at you funny if you have tears rolling down your face while doing the groceries. I loved every page and highly recommend Sue as an author, a TV presenter and a narrator. Huge fan.

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Another brilliant book

Yet again Sue Perkins makes me laugh and cry and entertain. Please right another x

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  • mat brown
  • 21-10-2018

P...ing your pants one minute, sobbing your heart out the next

Oh my lord what a listen!

Many many belly laughs equaled by many many tears

From her description of dreaming of bringing Rakki the street child home to the oh so familiar description of the passing of her dad, the tears I cried could start a new Ganges!

And the laughs came thick and fast ( the street mice chewing down on a pilfered power bar is only eclipsed by Simon the blessed miracle pig)

And all done with a self deprecating humour that, almost, hides a massive and formidable intellect

I defy you not to want Sue to be your best friend after listening to this!!

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  • S. Clarke
  • 03-03-2019

Really enjoyed it

Liked Sue Perkins before, love her even more now. she made me laugh, she made me sad, and she is so painfully honest about herself. I will listen to this again at some point.

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  • J. R. Knight
  • 27-12-2018

Pure enjoyment

This is a truly wonderful book I laughed and cried .
Well done sue I loved it

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  • Ajp
  • 11-11-2018

Just as great as the first one!

I was so happy to come across this book after enjoying Spectacles. Thoroughly enjoyed this and highly recommend it. I laughed out loud many times and was also touched by the honesty and raw-ness. Wonderful!

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  • Andrea Hodson
  • 09-11-2018

An absolute joy.

Sue Perkins is MAGNIFICENT. This tribute to her father, Burt, is joyful and sad and gorgeous.

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  • bookbug han
  • 23-07-2019

Beautifully told

Loved this travel book with a difference. I love Sue's ability to really share her experiences so personally.

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  • sue parsons
  • 21-05-2019

heartwsrming

heartwarming witty and sometimes very personal accounting her travels and fathers death. I love her style and didn't want to stop listening

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  • Alex
  • 01-03-2020

Fabulous

What a wonderful book. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me think...

I loved it and would highly recommend

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  • S.Sugden
  • 11-02-2020

Beautiful, funny, emotional and fascinating

A wonderful account of Sue's travels in the East (made even more vivid if you watched her series on the BBC) and a raw insight into the loss of her father to Cancer. Sue narrates with such passion and personality. The book is stunningly detailed and deeply emotional, causing me to laugh and to cry. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • Sonya
  • 05-02-2020

Another triumph

pure joy and heartbreak in equal measure. I want Sue Perkins to read all my audio books!