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  • The Only Way Is West

  • A Once in a Lifetime, 500 Mile Adventure Walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago
  • By: Bradley Chermside
  • Narrated by: Joel Daffurn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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The Only Way Is West

By: Bradley Chermside
Narrated by: Joel Daffurn
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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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such a joyful story on the Camino

I listened to this book while going walks to prepare for my first Camino.
the book has given me so much inspiration about the friendship and the greatness that the Camino brings out in the pilgrims; along with the challenges. Narrated by the author, the book sounds uplifting, joyful, funny and very inspiring
I can't wait to see it for myself!
Thanks Brad!

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decent but a little annoying.

I enjoyed it mostly until chapter 19. This good news, bad news went on way too long. Kinda annoyed me and I couldn't wait until the next chapter. Almost stopped listening.

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A very good account

Refreshing, amusing, and a good portrayal of Camino Frances.
Inspiring for me, heading back to Spain for another Camino in 3'weeks. Can't wait!

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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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