David Reynolds

Slow Road to Brownsville

A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West.

Slow Road to Brownsville

Review quotes

‘Reynolds … rides off, a lone English ranger, into a historical North American hinterland that exists as much in mythical reference as in modern reality. … Ride shotgun with Reynolds as he pit-stops at diners and gas stations, and detours by way of legendary landmarks, where he reflectively enjoys cracker-barrel wisdom, saloon-bar wit, and good-ol’ country wackiness.’—Iain Finlayson, The Times

‘[Reynolds] is the perfect man for the route … There might be kicks on Route 66, but there is gentle enlightenment along 83.’— Anthony Sattin, Observer

‘Vividly conjures a middle America of meat-packing plants, railroad tracks and grassy ranchlands. A likeable and learned guide, Reynolds writes with characteristic grace … illuminating, elegantly written travelogue’—Ian Thomson, Financial Times

‘Immensely illuminating and enjoyable … Books like [Reynolds’s] prove that good travel writing remains not only very much alive, but essential.’—Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

‘A fascinating tale … told with great aplomb. … I’ve been enjoying his book no end.’—Robert Elms, BBC Radio London

‘does for Route 83 what Marco Polo did for the Silk Road.’—The Reverend Richard Coles, Saturday Live, BBC Radio 4

‘A great travelogue and history lesson as an open-eyed and adventurous Englishman makes his way down Highway 83.’—Willy Vlautin, author of The Free

‘I really loved this book. … I can recommend [it] to anyone interested in real America… It is also a great travelogue, easily in the same league with Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley…’—Gregor Swiderek, Stanford’s website

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