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Dom Joly was born in Beirut and lived there until he was 18. He lived through the civil war, went to school with Osama Bin Laden, and learned to ski and speak French and Arabic. At the age of seven he was sent to an English boarding school, where he would spend term times before returning to his war-torn home. It was a schizophrenic existence. Dom's parents divorced when he was 18, and he moved permanently to the UK, becoming a diplomat, a political journalist and then famous as a man who dressed as a giant squirrel. He has been back to Lebanon only twice since.

Then he read about an attempt to encourage tourism in this long-suffering country: The Lebanon Mountain Trail. This is a hiking trail that runs from the Syrian border in the north of Lebanon, along the spine of the country's mountain range all the way to the Israeli border in the south. The trail takes 30 days to complete. 

Dom immediately decided that he must hike the trail in 2018, the year of his 50th birthday, and invited two friends along. Essentially this is a bonding adventure that just so happens to take place right in the middle of the most important geopolitical region of our times. 

The Hezbollah Hiking Club is a funny, heartwarming travel book full of insight into the Middle East, religion, friendship and growing old disgracefully.... 

It's three men on a camel...without the camel.

©2019 Dom Joly (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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More great stuff from Dom

Maybe Im biased as a huge Dom Joly fan, but this is more great travel doc writing/reading from the man.

I love Dom’s off-the-track thoughts that make the audiobook a much more pleasurable experience than reading it. It certainly made my work day more tolerable.

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  • Jen
  • 11-07-2019

His master's voice

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved hearing it in the author's voice. Funny & informative. Many laugh out loud moments which is unusual for me - and actually made sitting in the car in traffic pleasurable!

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  • Andy Higgins
  • 16-06-2019

Wonderfully entertaining!

Loved it, a very entertaining, informative and in some ways educational account of Don and his dear friends undertaking more than they can chew!! I had always dismissed the Middle East as a travel destination, particularly this part of the world. I now want to go to Lebanon and walk on the LMT! Another cracker by Dom, keep them coming!

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  • David St.Hubbins
  • 17-06-2019

Outstanding

Outstanding. Utterly outstanding. Joly shows an extraordinary ability to seamlessly blend a writing style that is touching, warm and laugh out loud funny, whilst simultaneously being able to combine it with fascinating insights about Lebanon as a country and a sprinkling of revealing (though never self-indulgent) moments of introspection.

For my money a masterclass in travel writing that anybody with an interest in reaching middle age, treasuring friendships or hiking downhill could do worse than buy. Highly recommended and a great listen.

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  • Andy lane
  • 13-06-2019

Better than I could do but not Dark Tourist or Scary Monsters.

Not a bad listen but maybe Dom should avoid writing about Lebanon or himself, Not sure why these subjects don’t bring out his best work maybe he struggles to find comedy in subjects so close to heart. Dark Tourist and Scary Monsters and Supercreaps are IMHO incredibly humorous writing but Look at me and this book just seem to lack real substance. I truly wanted to love this book given how many times I have listened to Scary Monsters and Dark Tourist (probably 20 each) I was hopeful, while this is nowhere near as bad as Look at me or the American one with the weird female voiceover it left me feeling like I probably wouldn’t listen again. A little like the chapter of Dark Tourist set in Lebanon, I usually skip.

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  • Andrew Davies
  • 24-04-2021

Who’s Bill Bryson ? ;)

The Hezbollah Hiking Club, what a funny and fantastic name for a travel book about the LMT.

Both funny and informative, A gemstone of a travel book, that has made me want to visit the Lebanon and walk the LMT.

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  • Chrissy
  • 18-03-2021

great humourous travel book

really really enjoyed this. fun story and 3 mates going for a walk in the middle east. I've never given the place much thought (other than war torn hell hole) but this made me view the place in a whole new light. the book was funny, light hearted, yet informative. up there with bill bryson (all praise him) in my opinion.

highly recommended!

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  • Di
  • 24-10-2020

A revelation!

First of all I have to admit to never having seen anything Dom has done in his other life as an alternative comedian. I came across him by way of a Radio 4 walking program. It was soon very clear there was a lot more to this man than I could ever have imagined. It was mentioned he was also a travel writer so I explored Audible. So very pleased I listened to this book. A fascinating account of the country where Dom’s early days were spent, his family’s home.

Really interesting to hear about places I have only ever associated with sadness and violent kidnapping. So many names I have heard on news reports it was really enlightening.

The trek across his home country was well vividly described combined with happy and sad memories of childhood. Dom was accompanied by two close friends, the type you fight with like family, that was very funny. I have to say there were a lot of laugh out loud moments which is always odd when you’re alone in the car! Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Mia Swinburn
  • 20-09-2020

Dom at his best!

Very entertaining, engaging and informative. I can't wait to listen to another of Dom's adventures.

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  • BDS
  • 22-08-2020

Just waiting for the next one.

Loved it, all his books are well worth a read. The dark Tourist is a triumph.

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  • yeahman80
  • 07-08-2020

loved it

loved it, listened to the dark tourist first both are fantastic books I would highly recommend

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  • Alexander M.
  • 02-06-2020

Brilliant

Dom is a properly good writer and narrator. I list to far too many audiobooks and this is up there with the best!
Also learning the word persiflage from this book means I no longer need to used that awful word banter. So a double win!

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