Are We Nearly There Yet? A Familys 8000 Mile Car Journey Around Britain. Ben Hatch Ben and Dinah dreamt of becoming hard-nosed journalists, blowing the lid off political wrong-doings and uncovering global scandals. But with both of them nearing 40 and clinging to the last of their professional dreams, they sign up for a laughably stressful freelance job writing a family guidebook that would see them and their two young children travelling around Britain for five months. The four of them pack their lives into a Vauxhall Astra and pinball between blagged free hotels and what seems like every single last attraction the British Isles has to offer, from Shakespeares birth place to Northamptons riveting shoe museum. A touchingly written side-story about Bens sick dad provides some heart and the author doesnt shy away from dealing with the real-life, day-to-day business when youre faced with losing a parent. Hatch doesnt side-step real life at all in fact, resisting the urge to create a bubble around the familys unusual temporary existence living between their car, hotel rooms and twee attractions, and allowing disappointments about Ben and Dinahs careers. The book eventually reveals itself to be, not a mid-life crisis diary, but rather a later in life finding yourself gap-year type adventure. The message is to appreciate where you are in life, what youve got and what youve achieved, rather than succumbing to the grass is greener syndrome or dwelling on past regrets. An invaluable personal account for the authors posterity but a little self-indulgent. The actual guidebook the trip spawned looks a lot more fun.