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Hilarious, insightful and one hell of a wild ride, this is Bill Bryson for the new world.
Blogging: it's a vicious, anonymous world – so why does Sydney Morning Herald travel blogger Ben Groundwater want to go out and start putting faces to his readers' made-up names?
Armed with a backpack, a laptop and a cover story in case of emergency, Ben has a plan: to boldly travel around the world, relying purely on the kindness of his sometimes frightening but always entertaining readers. After sending out a cry for help on his blog, he has a full itinerary of supposedly kindly strangers offering up their spare beds, couches, daughters' weddings and bier cellars in the far corners of the globe. Five Ways to Carry a Goat: A Blogger's World Tour is the riotous result.
With thousands of his readers scattered across the globe, Ben wanted to explore the nature of a digital community: Who is his audience? What are their lives like? And how does one carry a goat through the middle of Ethiopia? He discovers all this – via 14 countries – and more.

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    May 3, 2010


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The Road to Little Dribbling
The Fatal Shore
The Art Of Travel
Far and Away
Without Reservations
Long Road from Jarrow
The Marches
Africa Solo
A Sky Full of Birds
Neither Nowt Nor Summat
What Days Are For
Too Much Information
Four Fields
Visit Sunny Chernobyl
The Voyages of the Princess Matilda
Walking the Amazon
The Horseman's Word
In Shackleton's Footsteps
Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Baked Beans