Saturday, April 10, 2010

Up The Creek Without A Mullet, by Simon Varwell

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading a book called Up The Creek Without A Mullet by a friend of mine called Simon Varwell.

I met Simon four years ago through the kindness collective Join Me.  He's a lovely chap with a fondness for bad puns, and his book is about his early attempts to visit every place in the world with the word "Mullet" in its name.

It all started when he was traveling with a friend in Eastern Europe and to pass the time they tried to spot as many mullet haircuts as possible in a single day.

He later found out there was a village in Albania called Mullet, and then started to take the game slightly too far.  When he had the opportunity to accompany our mutual friend Kieran back to Albania, he couldn't resist starting his challenge.

Admittedly I got an extra level enjoyment out of the book every time Simon mentioned someone I also know, so I'm a little biased, but it's a very well written and entertaining book that anyone can enjoy.

Somehow I managed to track down a decent copy of his appearance on New Zealand current affairs programme 'Close Up' in 2008, for your enjoyment.  It also explains the concept much better than I ever could with the written word.  This is my friend:


Some of the profits from the book go to Kieran's charity Aid Convoy, which does fantastic work getting supplies to where they are needed, sometimes in very dangerous circumstances.

1 comment:

  1. "He later found out there was a village in Albania called Mullet, and then started to take the game slightly too far."

    "Slightly" is probably something of an understatement!

    Thanks for the review Phil.

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