I’ve just finished a book that almost made me put on weight.  No really, it is by the front man of the band Franz Ferdinand, Alex Kapranos.  The tag line on the back of it is “tour the world – with odd people – eat odd food – with odd people – write about it”  That pretty much sums it up.  It was Radio 4’s book of the week some time late last year and I got it as a Christmas present and have only just got round to reading it.  It’s only a thin volume and you could imagine that you could get through it in one sitting.  There is one problem though, you can’t read more than about 15 pages without having to get up and eat something.  He is witty and sharp and it is very funny.  He writes about bull’s testes in Beunos Aires, puffer fish in Osaka and gluewein in the Munich Christkindlmarkt and everywhere inbetween.  His revenge on a snooty hotel manager in Singapore was as swift as it was sweet.  A little gem of a book.

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