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Publisher's Summary

The international best seller.

What would you do if you're given a €20 note in Greece with an email address scribbled on it:

  1. Spend it? 
  2. Slip the suspect counterfeit bill into an enemy’s birthday card?
  3. Send an email, hoping it will lead to you finding everlasting love?

Brad, a hopeless romantic, chose the latter.

Two years later, his love life remains a disaster and his career is misfiring. As he’s about to walk Spain’s fabled Camino de Santiago to ponder some profound life changes, Brad receives a reply. Incredibly, it’s from a woman who lives on the 1000-year-old pilgrimage trail, far away from where the money first crossed his palm. She invites him to sleep..."on her house". 

Hiking 900km on the Road to Santiago to a blind date with the mystery €20 woman, he meets fellow pilgrims and natives who make him believe more than ever in the kindness of the human spirit, befriends a Hungarian who speaks English in song titles and has his raison d’être revealed to him by a barefoot Mayan mystic. Will he meet his happily-ever-after along the way too? 

Buy this pacy, laugh-out-loud travelogue to find out now...

  • Best seller in the UK - Humorous essays, travelogues, and religious travel categories.
  • Best seller in the USA - Sports essays, ecotourism, and literary travel.
  • Best seller in Canada - Humorous essays and travelogues.
  • Best seller in Australia - Humorous essays and travelogues.
  • Best seller in India - Religious travel.
©2019 Bradley Chermside (P)2020 Bradley Chermside

Critic Reviews

"An inspiring, touching, heartfelt and funny memoir that made me howl with laughter throughout. A wonderful read." (Kevin Hand, BBC London)

"This book would be a great read for anyone planning their own Camino, or for those who like adventure and travel memoirs written with honesty, emotion and humour." (French Village Diaries)

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Best Camino Story.

Having walked the Camino 4 times, still aiming at walking a fifth this old fella loved the reason you started but most off all what the Camino gave you, not what you wanted but what you needed. My first walk out of depression left me in hospital in Santiago 24 hours from death, but a love for life and a way out of my dark place. Thanks for your story and like you I found the love of Spain, at 72 I will be back.

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  • tammy
  • 18-05-2020

Where are my walking shoes

I love books about dropping everything, throwing on a backpack, and walking until your feet are destroyed. Throw in a mystery date at the end of the road and you have a recipe for "can't stop listening".
I can't wait for his next adventure.

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  • JessicaMay
  • 29-08-2021

Amazing

Loved this book and author! Felt like I was right there in Spain on Camino with him! Will read more books by Joel Daffurn

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  • Mark B. Lepper
  • 27-11-2020

Not my favorite

It was ok as far as Camino memoirs go. Not my favorite and probably won't reread/listen again, like I have several others. The author seemed to like to make fun of people and objectify/sexualize women. I kept hoping there'd be some kind of epiphany, but the closest we get is when he is relaying a life changing conversation he'd had with someone the previous evening where he learned he needs to see the good in people, but minutes before he'd spent a lengthy time ranting and complaining and disparaging "plastic pilgrims."
I listened to the whole thing because I was hoping for some redemption, but didn't witness any.

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  • Mary Baldree
  • 19-08-2020

Inspiring and fun

I laughed. I cried. And I laughed and got tearful again! Thoroughly enjoyed! I listened while I walked and dreamed of doing the Camino someday!

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  • Cristina
  • 06-07-2021

Very funny story and narration

I listened to this book whilst during my many walks whilst training for the Camino de Santiago. I found this book really funny and the narration excellent. This book is an honest narration of the author's walk through the Camino and the many pilgrims he meets through his journey. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-2021

Highly recommended

Loved the adventure Brad takes you on both his personal journey and walk across Spain.

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  • Cooper
  • 22-05-2021

Brilliant!

Thoroughly enjoyed this, one day I too hope to walk the Camino. It has inspired me to not give up on my dream, many thanks

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  • graham Walker
  • 27-11-2021

well done Brad

this book is uplifting and entertaining
I want to walk the Camino now
thank you

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  • 28-10-2021

inspired

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  • HMCred
  • 18-10-2021

Inspired

I really loved this book. Such a frank honest recount of his walk and the impact on his life. Very easy to visualise the journey and at times made me wAnt to be there walking beside him and the character be met along the way

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  • william r
  • 17-10-2021

very good

excellent tale, well narrated and entertaining to the last. informative and uplifting told with humour

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  • Gordon Bell
  • 03-10-2021

Better on Audio

To be honest if I has read this story I suspect that I would have given up half way through. The audio on the other hand is like having a pint with a old friend who makes the story come alive.

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  • Customer Wales
  • 18-09-2021

Perhaps a prompt to a Camino

An enjoyable romp and insight to a young Brit’s trek to find his true self and a patience amongst strangers . A nice diary of the Camino challenge .
Should I follow ? Maybe …

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2021

Brilliant

One of my favourite audible listens funny and engaging loved every minute of it brilliant

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