From the bestselling author of ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET comes a new hilarious and touching story of travel chaos.
Ben Hatch is on the road again. Commissioned to write a guidebook about France (despite not speaking any French) he sets off with visions of relaxing chateaux and refined dining. Sixteen thousand kilometres later, his family has been attacked by a donkey, had a run-in with a death-cult, and (after a near-drowning and a calamitous wedding experience involving a British spy) his marriage is in real jeopardy. A combination of obsessions about mosquitoes, French gravel and vegetable theme parks mean it's a bumpy ride, as Ben takes a stand against tyrannical French pool attendants, finds himself running with the bulls in Pamplona, and almost stars in a snuff movie after a near-fatal decision to climb into a millionaire's Chevrolet Blazer.
Funny and poignant, ROUD TO ROUEN asks important questions about life, marriage and whether it's ever acceptable to tape baguette to your children's legs to smuggle lunch into Disneyland Paris.
Ben Hatch makes me laugh more and more. - John Cleese
Magnifique! - Terry Wogan
Ben Hatch is a very funny writer. His work is fresh and heartfelt. - David Jason
A French odyssey to rival the greatest adventures in history - if you like jokes, and a car full of cheese. As funny and touching as an overfriendly clown. - Danny Wallace
Just did the kind of laugh that made me snot down my own face. Highly recommended to anyone holidaying in France this year. Or to anyone holidaying anywhere. Or to anyone holidaying with kids. Or to anyone with kids but no holiday plans. Basically to anyone with a sense of humour. - Daily Express
I am going to shout this very loudly. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. The funniest travel memoir you will read this year. Ben Hatch is a genius. The funny bits were so funny. The sad bits were so sad. - Lisa Jewell
Parents will either roar with laughter or roll their eyes with recognition at this family road-trip memoir. - Metro
Goes from one hilarious situation to another. Very entertaining. The author is naturally funny. - The Sun