The Gran Tour (Paperback)

Travels with my Elders

Ben Aitken

Share this book

'Both moving and hilarious' Spectator, Books of the Year

'A tale of gloriously eccentric British pensioners. Aitken rivals Alan Bennett in the ear he has for an eavesdropped remark … boy, can he write.' Daily Mail, Book of the Week


One millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap.

When Ben Aitken learnt that his gran had enjoyed a four-night holiday including four three-course dinners, four cooked breakfasts, four games of bingo, a pair of excursions, sixteen pints of lager and luxury return coach travel, all for a hundred pounds, he thought, that's the life, and signed himself up. Six times over.

Good value aside, what Ben was really after was the company of his elders – those with more chapters under their belt, with the wisdom granted by experience, the candour gifted by time, and the hard-earned ability to live each day like it's nearly their last.

A series of coach holidays ensued – from Scarborough to St Ives, Killarney to Lake Como – during which Ben attempts to shake off his thirty-something blues by getting old as soon as possible.

Ben Aitken was born under Thatcher, grew to six foot then stopped, and is an Aquarius. He is the author of Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island (2015), A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland (2019), 'one of the funniest books of the year' (Paul Ross, talkRadio) and The Marmalade Diaries (2022).

As funny and moving account of inter-generational friendship as you could wish to read.Mark Mason, Daily Mail
Both moving and hilariousSpectatorBooks of the Year
A tale of gloriously eccentric British pensioners [and] a light-hearted travelogue … [but] so much more than that as well. The pen portraits of his fellow holidaymakers are wonderful. And boy, can he write.Daily MailBook of the Week
Funny and moving … the type of gentle travel writing that will leave you aching to visit a local seaside resort.Stylist
One of the … most enjoyable travel books I've ever read … Aitken has an astonishingly sharp eye and ear for the wisdom and weirdness of his elderly companions.Daily Express


about this book

ISBN: 9781785786488

Price: 14.99 GBP

Pages: 306

Publication date: 03/09/2020

Category: Lifestyle & Travel

buy this book