Mr Snack and the Lady Water: Travel Tales from My Lost Years
After a decade spent on the road, renowned travel writer Brendan Shanahan is back with Mr Snack and the Lady Water, a collection of darkly funny and unexpected travel writing. In the title piece, Shanahan embarks on what is supposed to be a luxury cruise, only to find himself on a three-day endurance test aboard a leaking barge on China's Yangtze River in the company of a mysterious roommate, a pair of neurotic American spinsters and a thousand baseball-capped tourists. Other stories include his sight-unseen, online purchase of a house in Las Vegas, his brief career in Bollywood and a mediation on white guilt in post-apartheid South Africa. Road-soiled and a touch deviant, Shanahan's account of his 'lost years' are a comic master class, essential reading for anyone who has ever woken up in a strange bed or just stared at themselves in a hotel mirror at 3 am and asked 'Where am I?'
Brendan Shanahan, 33, is a Sydney-based writer and journalist. His previous books include Poodle on Prozac or The Incredibly Strange True Story of Rose Hancock-Porteous, The Secret Life of the Gold Coast and In Turkey I Am Beautiful. A former columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph, he writes regularly for publications including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Wall Street Journal Asia. He lives in Sydney, Australia and Las Vegas, Nevada and still travels regularly. File next to: AA Gill is Away (AA Gill), Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris), A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (David Foster Wallace), Don't Get Too Comfortable (David Rakoff), and Notes From a Small Island (Bill Bryson).