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Fifty States of Being

Authors: Steve Rudd

Published by Valley Press

ISBN: 9781908853325

£12.99
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After fracturing his spine in an accident at work, travel writer Steve Rudd does the one thing his doctor advises against most: he books a flight to New York, carefully shoulders his backpack, and begins his next epic adventure.

Landing with little more than a bundle of dollar bills to his name, Steve sets out to cross the vast continent of North America, relying mainly on the dubious comforts of the Greyhound bus. His aim: to pinpoint what makes the United States, Canada and Mexico such peculiar neighbours. Always keen to interact with the most extraordinary characters and scenarios he can find, Steve’s journey reignites his passion for life and travel, whilst doing nothing to improve the state of his body.

“If Jack Kerouac could read Steve Rudd’s writing, he would surely be grinning in his grave.” – Travellers’ Digest on Pulse


Steve Rudd was born in Hull in 1980, and has since been a journalist, poet, musician and travel writer. His travel writing has featured in Time Out, the Guardian and hundreds of other literary outlets worldwide. To date, he has visited more than seventy countries. His travel writing was collected for the first time in Pulse: A Travelogue (Valley Press, 2011; ISBN 9780956890450), in which Steve explored India, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. He lives in East Yorkshire.

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