The Longest Crawl – Book Review

Disclaimer: I read a lot. I read almost as much as I breathe. I read everything, and I enjoy almost everything I read. At the moment I am going through a London-phase, a Fantasy/Supernatural Phase and a devour every book in sight phase. This book I picked up on a whim, and loved it – it has kept me going through most of the rainy days we have had the last month or so.

“According to G. K. Chesteron, the act of getting to and from a pub is central to an understanding of the British life and landscape. With around 60,000 to choose from, he may have had a point.”

Ian Marchant decided to set off with his mate Perry Venus and document his month-long British pub crawl from the two fartherest apart pubs he could find. Witty, informative and thirst-inducing, this is the authors journey both personal and researched, reflecting an integral part of British Life – the Pub. When I came to England, I was amazed by the role the pub plays in British life, straight out from work, you gather in the pub to moan, cry and laugh at life. A man’s local is his paradise.

This is a long, slow burning read, perfect for rainy Sunday afternoons (accompanied by a beverage if desired – highly recommended). I loved the sheer enjoyment and whimsy of the author as he meets up with his many friends along the way, but also explores the fantastic history and processes of various pubs, monasteries, breweries and stills around the British countryside. I ran a pub for the first year I was here in England, and witnessed first hand the close relationship that can develop in a friendly local – I met my husband working behind the bar, and one of my (other) favourite regulars even brought in his fiancee to meet me!

I’ve now bookmarked about a dozen places to check out for ourselves. Road trip here we come! It’s not a great commuting read (in printed format) as it’s a little large, so this baby lived mostly at home. I’ve not yet succumbed to an e-reader as I’m a little dubious.


The Longest Crawl Ian Marchant


Definately a must-read, great as a travel read, a rainy day read and a slow-burner read, you feel like you are accompanying the author. Marchant is beautifully, chummily written author, and I am going to be on the look out for further works.

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