A Tall Man in a Low Land : Some Time Among the Belgians, Paperback

A Tall Man in a Low Land : Some Time Among the Belgians Paperback



Most British travel writers head south for a destination that is hot, exotic, dangerous or all three. Harry Pearson chose to head in the opposite direction for a country which is damp, safe and of legendary banality: Belgium. But can any nation whose most famous monument is a statue of a small boy urinating really be that dull? Pearson lived there for several months, burying himself in the local culture. He drank many of the 800 different beers the Belgians produce; ate local delicacies such as kip kap (jellied pig cheeks) and a mighty tonnage of chicory and chips. In one restaurant the house speciality was 'Hare in the style of grandmother'. 'I didn't order it. I quite like hare, but had no wish to see one wearing zip-up boots and a blue beret.' A TALL MAN IN A LOW LAND commemorates strange events such as The Festival of Shrimps at Oostduinkerke and laments the passing of the Underpant Museum in Brussels.

No reader will go away from A TALL MAN IN A LOW LAND without being able to name at least ten famous Belgians.

Mixing evocative description and low-grade buffoonery Harry Pearson paints a portrait of Belgium that is more rounded than a Smurf after a night on the mussels.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Section: 8, B&W
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780349112060



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