|The Recreational Nomad - more detail ...|
You can read the introductory pages on line.
Extracts from reviews:
From the website www.motorcaravanning.co.uk:
motorcaravanning miscellany to inform, inspire and entertain...' Also
claiming to be 'The motorcaravanning book to end all motorcaravanning
books!' David sent us a copy of this new book to review, and while I'm
only just getting started on it I must say that it really does inform,
inspire and entertain as claimed. I'm always deeply suspicious of anything
described as a 'miscellany' but this book is no jumble of unrelated jottings
- instead there is a steady flow of useful information graded nicely from
start to finish and appealing at many different levels.
From The Caravan Club magazine:
occasional contributor to this magazine, David Berry has also written
the authoritative Motorcaravan Handbook. His latest weighty tome, The
Recreational Nomad is no less than four books in one, amounting to a miscellany
of motorcaravanning. David has his own publishing company, so it was no
problem for him to get his unusual format into print: it's a landscape
A4 paperback with its pages sub-divided into two A5s. Each A5 page is
devoted to a different topic that flows through the book, so you might
open it at, say pages 148-9 to find the left- hand page divided into two,
'The Basics' and 'The Ideas', while the right-hand page begins 'A Magazine
Article' in double-page spread format, which the author previously had
published in Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly. (Some pages carry 'A Motorcaravan
Log' instead.) So this one spread covers some of the technicalities of
receiving TV programmes on site, ideas for sourcing your TV hook-up connection
cable and an article on using a portable computer in your motorcaravan.
Turn a few pages and the topics have changed to checking in at a Caravan
Club site, levelling your vehicle and touring around Scotland, a few more
pages and fresh topics again. David variously discusses the choice and
purchase of his three motorhomes, hiring and touring abroad including
the USA. Then there are personalisation ideas and he takes close looks
at a number of sites at home (mainly Caravan Club) and abroad. As the
front cover promises, it is a miscellany to inform, inspire and entertain.
At a hefty 300 pages plus cover, it's a bit of a handful for bedtime reading but it is copiously illustrated with over 650 black-and-white photographs and diagrams.
From a web site for Motorhome Owners:
am very impressed with this book and I feel it is well worth recommending.
It is really four books in one:
review in Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly (MMM) is, in places, rather out
of tune with the foregoing!
is quite a tome - weighty in both senses. As the author, David Berry,
says in his foreword, it is really four books in one; that is, the content
falls into four distinct categories. And that is where the trouble starts.
If the four sections followed one another, that would have been fine;
but, as it is, David has chosen an enterprising format in which each two
page spread contains a column or two of each section. This is confusing,
to say the least, and distracting and difficult to follow to boot. Now
that I have aired that opinion, let's turn to the content.
Ah well! You can't please all of the people all of the time!!
To restore some credibility for the book, here are two letters from satisfied readers:
Thank you for sending me your wonderful book "The Recreational Nomad". Although I have not had time to read it all yet, (I should have bought two copies, I have to battle with my wife in order to read it at all) what I have read is most interesting and informative and well worth the asking fee. (Cheque enclosed) My wife and I have just purchased a Hymer 644, and intend to winter in France and Spain. As we are complete novices in all aspects of motorhome matters, it is books such as yours that we rely on for inspiration and guidance, for which you have my utmost admiration. I hope we will have as many happy years as you have undoubtedly had, and look forward with some fear and trepidation, but also, the excitement of a completely new way of life. Again, many thanks for all your hard work; I am sure a great many people will derive a great deal of pleasure and information from your book.
... Apologies for the lack of communication in the past few weeks ... I only recently got to open my copy of TRN (it had arrived whilst we were away) and had the time to browse. Well! I think the layout is just fine. It only takes a few moments to work out how items follow through the pages and in fact I found myself constantly moving from one article to another, back and forth, as I came across new information that I wished to read. Perhaps the MMM reviewer had limited time to write his article and didn't take to this unusual means of reading a book? Certainly TRN is packed with ideas, useful information, interesting articles and DIY projects aplenty, it had me (a hardened camper-van owner, traveller & DIY-er!) engrossed for a long time. For a newcomer to motorcaravanning it must be fascinating and akin to a bible ... When I get back to normal and have dealt with a horrendous backlog of paperwork (where does it all come from? It secretly breeds while I'm away!) I intend to write to MMM to say what I think about TRN, but will they print it?
11.7" x 8.3", 297mm x 210mm
Over 650 b&w photographs
ISBN 0 9527715 3 5