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Where’s Wallis?


Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin all have ventured forth to provide vivid and compelling accounts of exotic peoples and strange lands.
But none has ever been daring (or perhaps stupid) enough to arrive in a country not knowing a single thing about the place. Until now.

In the spirit of Stanley and Livingstone, Brian Thacker set out for far-flung lands armed with nothing more than an air ticket and an armful
of immunisation shots. He didn’t know the local language, the currency or even the climate of the various places he was
heading for; not to mention their political, religious or cultural situations. He didn’t take a guidebook; he didn’t even do a quick web search.

And so it was that Brian found himself on an incredible journey that would see him set up home inside Gabon airport;
dodge civil unrest in Togo; receive a history lesson from a Ghanaian prostitute; anger the Vodou gods of Cotonou; gatecrash the
King of Futuna’s party; become lost in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan; and narrowly avoid being shot in the backstreets of Bishkek.


‘A rollicking trip through countries you’re unlikely to read about.’
Escape Magazine – Sunday Herald Sun

 ‘Thacker is an excellent travel writer and this engrossing book is pulled along by his adventurism, wit and well-honed powers of observation.
The Daily Telegraph

‘A wild and funny romp through lesser-known parts of the world.’
Backpacker Magazine

‘Thacker gives us a lots of sniggers while competently filling in the global blanks.’
Good Reading Magazine