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Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America

Martin Fletcher

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Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

*A fresh, fast-paced and humorous look at 'hidden' America.

After seven years as Washington correspondent of THE TIMES, Martin Fletcher set off to explore the great American 'boondocks' - the raw and untamed land that exists far from the famous cities and national parks. His extraordinary journey takes him to places no tourist would ever visit, to amazing communities outsiders have never heard of, to the quintessential America. He encounters snake-handlers, moonshiners, creationists, outlaws, polygamists, white supremacists and communities preparing for Armageddon. He goes bear hunting in West Virginia, fur trapping in Louisiana, diamond digging in Arkansas and gold prospecting in Nevada. From the eccentric but friendly to the frankly unhinged, the inhabitants of backwater America and their preoccupations, prejudices and traditions are brought vividly to life.
'Fletcher is not only capable of excellent penmanship, but is also able to view the country and its people as both outsider and insider, and does so without being judgmental. I found his warm and subtly humorous style very appealing, and I highly recommend this book' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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Praise for Almost Heaven: Travels Through the Backwoods of America

  • Surprising, entertaining and original - SUNDAY TIMES

  • A gourmet's guide to the boondocks - INDEPENDENT

  • Sharply detailed and warmly insightful ... fascinating and consistently enlightening, wonderfully funny and unbelievably true - TIME OUT

  • A well-observed, warm-hearted travelogue, with plenty of good humour and a cast of amazing characters - TLS

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Martin Fletcher

Martin Fletcher was educated at Edinburgh University and the University of Pennsylvania. He joined THE TIMES in 1983, became its Washington correspondent in 1989, and US editor in 1993. Married with three children, he is now based in Belfast.

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