AA Gill Is Away
By A. A. Gill
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743276672, 305pp.)
Publication Date: October 2005
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"My editor asked me what I wanted from journalism and I said the first thing that came into my head--I'd like to interview places. To treat a place as if it were a person, to go and listen to it, ask it questions, observe it the way you would interview a politician or a pop star," Gill writes.
Upon his return, readers are treated to an account of his vacations to places like famine-stricken Sudan, the pornography studios of California's San Fernando Valley, the dying Aral Sea or the seedy parts of Kaliningrad.
The result is one of the most fascinating, stylish and irreverent collections of travel writing.
"A. A. Gill gives us a highly personalized and thrilling romp through the world's wild side."
--Christiane Amanpour, CNN
"This is passionate, funny, heartfelt, superbly crafted writing on places and things he clearly feels strongly about...I'm always happy when A. A. Gill is 'away.'"
--Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential