I received a copy of this book from the publicist in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
Everyone knows I love memoirs and if there’s one specific type of memoirs I like, it’s those by comedians. So it’s no wonder I readily agreed to read and review this book when the opportunity came up. Read on to find out if my expectations were met.
Combining memoir, travel writing, and a wealth of unbelievably hilarious anecdotes, this autobiographical extravaganza chronicles the amazing early life of entertainer Andy Smart. Whether it’s running with the bulls in Pamplona, juggling with pig’s kidneys, drinking beer on the roof of a fast-moving train or living on the beach in Biarritz, Andy’s early life comprised a series of jaw-dropping feats and bizarre situations from which, amazingly, he emerged unscathed to hitchhike to another location and fight another day. Living on his wits, sleeping rough and accepting lifts that get him into bizarre and often dangerous situations, Andy’s six years spent on the road stand as a unique record of life as it was in the late 1970s and early 80s. In this hilarious memoir, they are juxtaposed with a host of earlier memories, resulting in a unique collection of dazzling funny stories that have been told and retold in countless bars and comedy clubs as well as on his regular guest spot on TalkSport Radio, but are collected together here for the first time in written form.
A Hitch in Time is comedian Andy Smart’s tales of hitchhiking to France, Spain, and even the Netherlands. In addition to his outlandish travel tales, Smart’s also included stories of getting into dangerous–and oftentimes funny–situations from his childhood and adolescence. Mostly a travel memoir, A Hitch in Time is an interesting read for anyone who loves Smart and reading travel stories.
I believe this book was an accurate reflection of the Smart we’ve seen on screen–quirky, bizarre, and able to make you laugh at the absurdity of things. Boy, he’s accepted lifts from some downright odd individuals leading to hilarious encounters. However, the book didn’t have as many funny moments as I expected–it’s mostly a travel memoir of someone who’s undergone quite a lot of bizarre encounters. Or I don’t know if I just wasn’t the right person for this book, because I really didn’t laugh as much as I thought I would.
And real talk: This book mostly had me feeling extremely anxious each time Smart spoke of hitchhiking despite knowing he’s still safe, alive, and kicking. As an Indian woman, I’ve always been wary of accepting lifts from unknown people, stranger danger and all that. So reading about someone hitchhiking 72,000 miles just had me worrying the entire time. I think this anxiety was a big contributor to me not enjoying this book as much as I thought I would.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves an unusual travel memoir. While this book wasn’t for me, I’m sure you’d still enjoy it if you’re a fan of Andy Smart.
Rating: 3 out of 5
A Hitch in Time released on July 25, 2019. Order it here.
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