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Shape of a Boy Family life lessons in far flung places (a travel memoir)

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-03-22
  • Publisher: Aurum Press

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"Life-affirming and laugh-out-loud funny" - HELEN FIELDING, AUTHOR OF BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY

Shape of a Boy is a hilarious and eye-opening travel memoir by the mother of three boys as she documents her travels with her family around the world.

‘Have kids, will travel’ is veteran travel journalist Kate’s mantra. Her intrepid spirit is infectious in this warm, engaging account of her family’s adventures and misadventures. She shares the life lessons learnt on their travels, from overcoming disappointment in Thailand to saying sorry in Japan, discovering perseverance in Borneo and learning about conservation in Malaysia.

From the jungles of southeast Asia to the waterfront in Havana and the blazing heat of Egypt, Shape of a Boy captures the essence of being a parent in the thick of it and learning on the hoof. Inspirational for anyone who has dreaded travelling with a baby, toddler, or teen, it is a life-affirming read for every wannabe-traveller. 

Kate’s vivid evocation of the highs and lows of family time make you belly-laugh and bring a lump to your throat.

“Hilarious and wonderfully fluent, Shape of A Boy makes you see each corner of the world afresh. I read it in one long, lounging read, which took me away from Covid to a vibrant world of orangutans and elephants and a family growing together.”
ANDREW CLOVER, best-selling author of Dad Rules

This is a must-read for every wannabe-traveller grounded by lockdown and for every parent who has dreaded travelling with a baby.

Author Biography

Kate Wickers is a veteran travel journalist who lives in Windsor with her husband and three sons. Shape of a Boy is her first book. When she’s not tripping over games bags, shouting up the stairs “your food is getting cold” and searching for random missing mouth guards, bus passes and shoes, Kate writes features for publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Scotsman, The Australian, The Globe & Mail, Porthole & Family Traveller. Kate is now writing her second book and dreaming of her next family trip to Costa Rica. 

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Israel & Jordan: A Lesson in Parenthood
2 Mallorca: A Lesson in Family Travel
3 Thailand: A Lesson in Recovering from Disappointment
4 Cambodia: A Lesson in Sensitivity
5 Borneo: A Lesson in Perseverance
6 Egypt: A Lesson in Moral High Ground
7 Mauritius: A Lesson in Flexibility
8 Sri Lanka: A Lesson in Karma
9 Malaysia: A Lesson in Conservation
10 Mexico: A Lesson in Mortality
11 Morocco: A Lesson in Not Judging a Book by its Cover
12 Tanzania: A Lesson in the Birds, the Bees, the Monkeys & the Zebras
13 Japan: A Lesson in Social Etiquette
14 Laos: A Lesson in Slowing Down & Letting Go
15 Cuba: A Lesson in Freedom

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