A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns

A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns

Denis Lipman left London?s East End for Washington, DC more than 20 years ago, but made an annual pilgrimage year after year to visit aging parents, a pair of cantankerous, real-life Cockneys. He endured the visits as best he could. Enter an American wife. Not content with a grin-and-bear-it attitude, she declares that since the trip to England was inevitable, then it was Denis Lipman left London?s East End for Washington, DC more than 20 years ago, but made an annual pilgrimage year afte...

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Title:A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns
Author:Denis Lipman
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns Reviews

  • Catherine
    May 19, 2010
    Although the sections of the book reflect six years of the author?s family holidays to his country of birth, his endnotes state that he actually condensed his reminisces from about nine years of vacations. Lipman?s American wife Frances has a keen interest in visiting historical...
  • Margaret Pinard
    Jan 23, 2017
    Loved this travelogue-cum-memoir of the author's new life mixing with, and savoring, the old. Touching picture of how one can come to terms with aging parents amid all the culture clash. Also lots of funny anecdotes of Londoners in the countryside, and neat places to explore in the Smo...
  • Joyce
    Apr 22, 2011
    Half memoir, half travel book. An Englishman who now lives in the US makes a yearly trip home with his American wife to visit relatives and site see. A little James Herriot along with a little Bill Bryson. ...
  • Bookworm
    Mar 16, 2013
    This book was horrible. I normally love travel memoirs and love reading about England, but this book was a total slog to get through. I'm not fully sure what it was that bothered me. At first it seemed to have started off well with the returning back to England, but it was just his tho...
  • John
    Apr 16, 2010
    I liked this book more than I thought I would. Writers often create a mushy, unfocused muddle when mixing genres, but this one combines memoir and travel narrative quite well - one continuous, attention-holding narrative. Definitely recommended ... with one quibble: not enough backstor...
  • Emily
    Aug 25, 2010
    Loved it! Denis Lipman writes so candidly and makes his Cockney parents pop right off the page. What I enjoyed the most, was just snooping along on the two week-long vacation the Lipmans took to England each year. They visit all sorts of "lovely" bed'n'breakfasts, a few "nafty" hol...
  • Nette
    Mar 03, 2011
    I thought this was charming, although it's more of a travelogue than a travel essay, with detailed descriptions of the food at tea shops and the amenities at the B&Bs. But the family's adventures with the author's very, very old and crotchety parents (instant access to tea and toil...
  • Mandy
    Oct 13, 2009
    Part travelogue, part memoir, A Yank Back to England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns is a wonderful new book written by Denis Lipman. Former magician and playwright Denis grew up in Dagenham which is a little town in Essex, England but he moved to the USA over twenty years ago to find hi...
  • Kathy
    Jun 13, 2010
    I thought this book would be strictly a travel adventure as Denis Lipman(an Englishman who had moved to the US as a young man) shows his wife & daughter the charms of the English countryside & its history, detailing four separate trips back to his home country. But in addition ...
  • Susan
    Jun 02, 2010
    I enjoyed this travelogue/memoir of a family visiting the father's aging parents in England. His wife, an American, plans visits to historic sites and villages within a short distance of London. An interesting look at some places and areas I hadn't read about. ...
  • Monica
    Oct 04, 2010
    Wow -- I was looking at other folks' reviews, and people seemed to really like this book. I don't -- I'm finding it terribly dull. It basically describes a series of yearly visits to England by Lipman and his wife and then their child, visiting Lipman's elderly parents and many times r...
  • Mary Kay
    Jan 04, 2011
    A guy from London's East End goes to the US where he gets a job & an American wife. This account follows several of the couple's yearly trips back to England to visit the family & tour the country. The dialog is wonderful, especially since it's real! ...
  • Laurel Hicks
    Nov 20, 2009
    This book is a joy. Denis Lipman takes his wife and child back to England each year to show them the land of his birth and to visit with his cockney parents. With understated humor, he shows us the land, the people, and once in a while, his heart. ..."an absolutely wonderful book, n...
  • Christine Bode
    Feb 18, 2010
    4 STARS December 30, 2009 by Christine Bode I have spent my Christmas vacation relaxing and reading a delightful, splendidly written travel memoir by Washington, DC playwright and author Denis Lipman entitled A Yank Back To England: The Prodigal Tourist Returns. I made Denis?...
  • Jane
    Apr 03, 2011
    Denis Lipman allows us to enter his life completelty, even sharing mental thoughts we usually hide from public view. I totally enjoyed every moment with all of his family and could relate to so many amusing but honest moments. ...
  • Kathleen
    Apr 24, 2010
    Hilarious and insightful. Part memoir, part travelogue. ...
  • Mary
    Mar 01, 2010
    I'm a sucker for travel memoirs. But I find so many of them are solitary pilgrimages, lonely adventures. In this book, though, the author takes the reader on family trips; I met (in the story) his bride, his parents, cousins, brother, and eventually his daughter. And it was not a one-t...
  • Naomi V
    Jan 19, 2010
    i really enjoyed this book. it's a bit memoir, a bit travelogue. written by an englishman who has moved to america, it chronicles his visits back to England, in which he became a tourist in his home country; along with his aging and somewhat difficult parents. Denis Lipman shows warmth...
  • Heather Hoerle
    Dec 23, 2009
    My favorite book this year... couldn't put it down. The author -- a reluctant tourist in his own country (prodigal tourist)-- spends several years heading back to visit his East End family with his new wife and eventually lovely young daughter ... madcap adventures ensue, and so does f...
  • Oodles
    Sep 03, 2010
    A heartwarming, funny, wonderful book that will appeal to all who have aging relatives AND an interest in England. I highly recommend it! ...
  • Barb
    Dec 11, 2011
    Great combination of travel writing for day trips near London and the story of a man dealing with living across an ocean from his parents as they age. Engaging writing with vivid characters. And now I want to rent a cottage near Sandwich. ...
  • Christina
    Mar 30, 2011
    This was a fun book about a man who now lives in the US, but is originally from England. After he marries, he and his wife start to take annual trips to England to visit his parents. On these trips, they pick up his parents and go to visit some other area of England, renting a cottage ...
  • Reza
    Aug 17, 2013
    It would have been helpful if a few maps were included. ...
  • Jo
    Dec 28, 2013
    Loved this book! ...
  • Stacey Marien
    Jan 06, 2014
    I met this author recently. He is a friend of a friend and a small group of us were invited to review chapters of his new book. I decided to read this after meeting him - this was thoroughly enjoyable. Part travelogue, part memoir. He lives in the US but returns to England with his wif...
  • C.
    Oct 27, 2013
    Enlightening and Fun Read Took Me Back To The England Of My Youth My Air Force father was stationed to England in the 50's. I loved it there and always wanted to return to visit. A Yank Back To England:The Prodigal Tourist Returns,stirred many memories of our rural residences there,...
  • H.
    May 07, 2013
    to read ...
  • A Hudak
    Feb 05, 2018
    A refreshing travel memoir that includes the bad moments as well as the highlights of travel. ...
  • Marcia P. Luety
    Apr 03, 2019
    Entertaining. ...
  • Sonvy Waidler
    Nov 06, 2018
    Meh. The author seems blindly selfish in the way he makes his aging parents travel with him when it seems clear that's not their preference. ...