Reading a good travel book in 2020 is a bittersweet experience.
Jules Brown is a seasoned traveler, and in his book, a collection of 35 stories, Jules takes us to some familiar destinations and a few unusual ones.
One of the unusual places is Takoradi itself. Located in Ghana’s industrial heart, Takoradi is seldom mentioned in a travel book, let alone on a book’s title. But Jules has an interesting back story with Takoradi that forms the basis of his adventure.
You see, Jules was born in Takoradi when his parents worked there. He didn’t spend much time in the city, but his heart was set there. He lived most of his adult life in Huddersfield, England ( a place I know exists, only because of years of watching Premier League and their rivalry with Leeds United ). That is why Takoradi and Huddersfield are important aspects of this book, even though there is only one story about both destinations.
What I really loved about the book was that it felt more like a conversation with a friend – one where he shares his stories from these places and opens up about his personal life.
The book’s tone and humor felt like I have known Jules for a long time, even though this was the first time I was reading any one of his travelogues. However, he has written many travel guides, and you can feel that travel writing comes naturally to him.
Another thing that is fabulous about the book is the range of destinations it covers. 5 continents, 20 counties, and 35 destinations within 125 pages, it might seem a little jam-packed, but the book surprisingly flows beautifully from one place to another.
And that is also when I realized that Takoradi to the Stars (via Huddersfield) is not only about the cities and towns that Jules visits but about the life of the traveler himself.
All of the stories in the book are short, funny, and a wee bit emotional as well. I couldn’t watch all of the video links, but it was a welcome change as the author invites you to witness what he is talking about more visually.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick, fun, travel-fueled read.
Book Name: Takoradi to the Stars (via Huddersfield)
Author: Jules Brown
Publisher: Trust-Me Travel
Book Type: eBook
Pages: 125 pages
Note: The author sent me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.