No Particular Place to Go

Hugo Williams

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‘A hilarious book of bad times, bedtimes and benders. It is a kind of cool parody of On the Road.’ New Statesman

No Particular Place to Go (first published in 1981) relates Hugo Williams’s journey across the USA on a three-month poetry-reading tour wherein he also hoped to discover some of the America he had imagined for so long on the strength of its all-consuming popular culture.

No Particular Place to Go isn’t a book that you’d take on a visitor’s itinerary of the States . . . But the journey it describes is a potent one . . . It offered a poet’s eye on modern culture, a cool, sideways perspective on its consumers and an enviable traveller’s voice – not just unafraid of meeting the locals but positively keen to jump in and grab whatever was on offer.’ John Walsh, Independent


Hugo Williams was born in 1942 and grew up in Sussex. He worked on the London Magazine from 1961 to 1970, since when he has earned his living as a journalist and travel writer. Billy’s Rain won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 1999. His Collected Poems was published by Faber in 2002 and his last collection, I Knew the…

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