The Excursionist by J.D. SumnerThe Excursionist by J.D. Sumner

The Excursionist

byJ.D. Sumner

Hardcover | May 17, 2017

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The anti-Eat Pray Love – A darkly satirical comic novel about travel, the need to visit as much of the planet as possible and the pressure to have meaningful experiences when you get there.


A brilliant book for anyone who loves to or wants to travel, The Excursionist is both a look at the drive to visit new places and a reminder that wherever you go you take yourself with you.


Newly single Jack Kaganagh longs to visit one hundred countries and the join the Travelers' Century Club before his landmark birthday. There is just one problem: Jack's enthusiasm for travel is matched only by his unsuitability to do so.


Travelling alone for the first time following the death of his partner, Kay, he flies to the Coronation Islands, fumbling around in dreamily faraway places in order to tick off his last three countries. He soon discovers that the more of the world he sees, the less he understands. A satirical, darkly comic novel, The Excursionist is about the entire travel experience and why we do it.

J. D. Sumner has visited over 130 countries and suffers from Dromomania i.e. the compulsion to travel. J. D. Sumner graduated from The Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin, has a PhD in Satirical Travel Writing from Royal Holloway College, University of London and now lives in Buckinghamshire, England. J. D. Sumner writes for...
Title:The ExcursionistFormat:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:May 17, 2017Publisher:The ExcursionistLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:191119545X

ISBN - 13:9781911195450

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Editorial Reviews

 ‘A satirical and darkly comic story that addresses some big questions in life and may well inspire people to jump on a plane and jet off somewhere new.’Sunday Mail  ‘The Excursionist fronts up as a satire on travel but it is also a thoughtful exploration of loneliness, and the things we do and tell ourselves in order to feel less lonely.’ Douglas Cowie, author of Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago  ‘J. D. Sumner lampoons the inanity and idiocy of men and women with money who travel the modern world for their own peculiar reasons. This is proper Swiftian satire.’ Carlo Gébler, author of The Wing Orderly’s Tales ‘In this very funny first novel, J. D. Sumner satirises contemporary tourism. However, amid the laugh-out-loud humour at the expense of travel, a darker thread emerges as we gradually discover what Kaganah is escaping from and how it impacts upon his engagement with the world.’Robert Hampson, Professor of Modern Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London