From There to Here

Bennett, Joe

  1 Reviews

From Brighton England, to Lyttelton New Zealand, writer and columnist Joe Bennett articulates the story of his first thirty years that eventually deliver him to antipodean shores.

From early family life, academic study at Cambridge and the escapades of a restless wanderer that follow, this is an engaging memoir, bursting with self-deprecating humour and is as honest as it is insightful.

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"Engaging, well-written and witty."

"Joe is a superb writer. He is succinct and yet manages to capture a character or a scene with great clarity."

"Fantastic writing style. Remarkably honest."

"A very honest account of a colourful and interesting life. I'm looking forward to a sequel."

"I found the book to be thoughtful, philosophical and personal."

"His life stories are captivating."

"An often self-deprecating, personal, intimate, insightful memoir."

'One of the best books I have ever read. Joe is a master craftsman in my opinion. Easy to read and thoughtful with some commentary on aspects of life (eg, being gay)."

"His writing is sparse, perceptive and witty."

"I found it strangely impersonal in tone. He doesn't seem to like himself very much and I thought it lacked spark."



NELS 062
Enjoyed by all but one of the group, who found it depressing. Many themes within the book which led to a lively discussion, about dementia in particular.