On the road in England 1971...'I began to desire a compass and almost bought one, but realized at the last minute that it was the concept I was enamoured with, not the artefact.' A very English Kerouac set to a 'Withnail & I' scale, this book is based upon the author's personal experiences in the summer of 1971. Bill Booker wakes up to the fact that he's a lonely stranger amongst his so-called friends and, spurred on by the need to sort his head out, he sets off on a journey accompanied by some new friends, roving from place to place, wandering through his memories, dreams and reflections, cadging cigarettes from strangers, soaring upon hallucinogenic wings, devouring egg and chips in back street cafes, haunted by a pair of apparitions, his insecurity and his friend's abominable feet...This is Bill's quest to find his personal Grail...Bill Booker's unique outlook, thought-provoking comments and observations on life will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading about personal discovery, personal relationships and to every new generation that wants to know what hippies/freaks/acidheads really got up to in the early 1970s and anyone who lived through that time who's ready for a nostalgia fix.
Check out William J Booker's website for more info about this book (and some groovy music). Definitely worthy of consideration for the 'planning to read' shelf.
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