- Author Jerome K. Jerome
I quite enjoyed this part travel guide/part humourous memoir/part fictionalised version of events as three men quite literally get in a boat. Three men and a dog, in true Famous Five style, so that when they were first introduced I couldn’t work out why there were four names being bandied about.
Anyway, it’s a fun jaunt up the river, half focusing on the places and sights to be seen along the Thames from London to Oxford. The other half is very much about the chaos these three men cause as they try to enjoy their holiday, and look after themselves at the same time. Mealtimes often end in disaster, and reading about them falling down verges and getting tangled up in boat lines is quite amusing.
It’s an odd mixture, the travel guide sections in amongst the humour, but somehow it still works. I enjoyed it, and I particularly liked the ending which I could relate to very much!