AA Gill Is Away

By A. A. Gill
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743276672, 305pp.)

Publication Date: October 2005

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A. A. Gill is one of the most feared writers in London, noted--according to the "New York Times"--for his "rapier wit." Some even consider the mere assignment of a subject to Gill a hostile act. But when the notice "AA GILL IS AWAY" runs in the "Sunday Times" of London, the city can rest peacefully in the knowledge that the writer is off traveling.
"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.

About the Author
A.A. Gill was born in Edinburgh, but has lived in London for most of his life. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair", a critic and features writer for the Sunday Times" (London), and the author of several books, including, most recently, Previous Convictions". He lives in London and spends much of his year traveling.

Praise For AA Gill Is Away

"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

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