Brendan Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan is a Sydney-based writer and journalist. His previous books include Poodle on Prozac: The Biography of Rose Hancock-Porteous, (Duffy & Snellgrove). The Secret Life of the Gold Coast (Penguin). A former columnist for The Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph, he writes regularly for publications including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wall Street Journal Asia.



 

Mr Snack and the Lady Water

Brendan Shanahan

Mr Snack and the Lady Water is the title story of a compilation of hilarious travel essays by writer and journalist Brendan Shanahan.

In Mr Snack and the Lady Water Shanahan embarks on what was supposed to be a luxury cruise down the Yangtze River, only to find himself on a three-day endurance test aboard a leaking tug in the company of an intrusive roommate – the mysterious "Mr Snack" – a pair of neurotic American spinsters and a thousand baseball hat-wearing tourists.

In Friends in DC, Shanahan contemplates the transitory nature of friendships formed on the road as he rejects the affections of a sinister black albino and a sexed-up Norwegian fisherman.

In Mr and Mrs Kumar Make a Plan, Shanahan is sucked into the strange world of Indians Mr and Mrs Kumar as he becomes the unwitting mediator of their strained relationship with their children.

Other stories in Mr Snack and Lady Water include an account of dental surgery in the Philippines, a close call with a gunfight in Johannesburg, the bizarre world of working as a Bollywood extra and many other, equally unexpected, adventures from Shanahan's travels.


Reviews
"Shanahan has a style that recalls David Sedaris or the funny gay nephew of Bill Bryson" – Independent Weekly.

AMUSING TRAVEL MEMOIR
Published:
Australia/NZ 2013 ·Melbourne University Press

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In Turkey I Am Beautiful

Brendan Shanahan

When Brendan Shanahan returned to Turkey after two years to catch up with old friends he found that much had changed. Not only was the country itself transforming, but the lives of his Turkish friends seemed to be mirroring the growing pains of a nation on the cusp of its biggest transformation since independence.

After travelling extensively in the wilds of the east where, among other things, he found himself in the middle of a gunfight, was propositioned by shepherds and swam to Armenia in his underpants, Brendan eventually agreed to run his friend’s carpet shop in Istanbul. With only the dubious help of his carpet dealer friend, a lovable but frequently demanding bipolar drug addict, the results were largely disastrous, frequently hilarious and often poignant.

By the end of his travels he was broke and owned more carpets than floor, but had come to a deeper understanding both of a country he loved and the people he loved in it.
In Turkey I Am Beautiful was described as “laugh out loud funny” by the Sydney Morning Herald and named one of the best travel books ever by the Sun Herald. It was also named one of the year’s 10 best non-fiction works by Radio National and was voted one of the “100 Favourite Books of All Time” by a Borders poll.


Reviews
“Shanahan has a tart tongue and wicked turn of phrase tempered by an obvious affection for the people he meets on his travels” – Sydney Morning Herald

AMUSING TRAVEL MEMOIR
Published:
Australia 2011 · Harper Collins

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