Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00072]AROUND THE WORLD IN WONDER SOCKS

The witty and sometimes poignant travel tales of a man with no plan. Former BBC journalist Arthur Penlington set off armed only with what turned out to be an illegal plane ticket, a small backpack and two pairs of very expensive socks. The result is a book packed full of wild, weird and wonderfully heartwarming encounters across the globe.

There are lovemaking tips from an Indonesian gigolo, mystical moments in ancient temples and the thrill of driving a passenger train in Burma. The world’s most beautiful woman tells of legendary encounters in Hollywood and stone age tribes warn about standing on rocks.

Along the way there are late night lock-ins with monks, touching tales from a Vietnamese war widow, two wedding proposals in ten minutes and etiquette tips for watching movies in Belgium and Laos.

Around The World In Wonder Socks is, above all, an encouragement call to the middle-aged to put some sparkle, spontaneity, fun and excitement back into travel.

16 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hi Arthur
    Really enjoying the book so far, the Americans in the dorm was a classic , so funny!!
    What time will you be in Rhyl Library on Friday , mam and dad want to be there, I cannot make it, some people have got to keep the country going!!. They are also asking are you in need of a bed for the night? Let me know.
    Best wishes


    1. Hi Helen

      Really glad you’re enjoying, it’s a relief to know.
      Shame you can’t make it to the talk. Work is definitely overrated you know 😊
      Tell your mam and dad it’s at 6pm next Friday. If there’s anybody else you or they can think of please let them know. There’ll be a bit of wine to celebrate.
      Tell them thanks for the offer of a bed, really appreciated, will be in touch.


  2. Congratulations! Hope your first talk will go fab tomorrow. Boys are also very excited to see the photo of you surrounded by your own books, you’ve got two young fans/readers, too. Can’t wait for the delivery of the book! Xx


    1. Thank you very much. Great to have two young readers…..but you might want to warn them about the opening section, a little fruity!
      I hope you and them really enjoy it. Off to my first talk, public holiday weekend is worst possible time but you have to start somewhere.


      1. So happy to see your busy schedule at the bottom of the page. Good luck with tomorrow’s radio, you’ll be absolutely fab! Xx


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