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  • Published: 1 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099484523
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $29.99
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Tossers and Arseblowers

An Alternative Romp Through Europe


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Previously published as Eurotripping, Tossers and Arseblowers is a tour of twenty-first century Europe in all its bottom-blowing, goat-tossing, oil-wrestling glory.

Not all Spaniards are Goat Tossers, not all Frenchmen are Arse Blowers, and not all Portuguese are Penis Cake Eaters. But JR Daeschner knows quite a few who are.

In Tossers and Arseblowers, he picks up where he left off with True Brits and crosses the Channel in search of Europe's most surreal traditions. From the far west of Ireland to the Continental divide in Istanbul, he ventures where few foreigners have gone before, witnessing spectacles such as the Baby Jumping Festival and the Rigor Mortis Procession in Spain, Snake Handling and Fire Dancing in Greece, Cow Fighting in Switzerland and the celebrations in honour of England's patron saint in the heart of the EU.

Along the way, he's inducted into the Order of the Priceless Sardine and catches countless characters in action, including a German detective turned 'love spy', the last of the Irish matchmakers, a Sicilian coprophile and a gay Turkish 'Bear'.

Whether it's the furore over the camp following for Oil Wrestling in Turkey or the controversy surrounding the Dutch 'Santa' and his black sidekick, Daeschner finds that these centuries-old events reveal surprising insights into our Continental neighbours.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099484523
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

About the Author

J R Daeschner

J. R. Daeschner was born in Denver, Colorado in 1970 and raised in Back-of-Beyond, USA as the son of a Marlboro Country rancher turned Methodist minister. He read International Relations at American University in Washington, after which he worked for the New York Times. He was then headhunted to work on Fleet Street and later Wall Street, with a stint in Brazil before returning to Britain. Now 32, he has lived and worked in the UK for most of the last 10 years, currently as a freelance writer. His work has been published on both sides of the Atlantic and includes The Times and International Herald Tribune.

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Praise for Tossers and Arseblowers

“If you've ever thought our cousins on mainland Europe were a quirky group, then this hilarious group will further reinforce that opinion...A cult classic in the making!”

Refresh

“A funny and fresh read, this is also very insightful - who would have thought that our neighbours on the continent were so wacky?”

Star Magazine


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