Dom Joly  The Hezbollah Hiking Club

Approaching his fiftieth birthday, Dom Joly had an idea: along with two of his closest male friends, he’d go back to the country of his birth – Lebanon – and attempt to walk the Lebanon Mountain Trail, a hiking trail that runs from the Israeli border in the south, along the spine of the country’s mountain range all the way to the Syrian border in the North, taking twenty-seven days to complete. The idea became reality. Tweeting about his trip on the way to Heathrow, the Foreign Office got in touch to express concern, pleading caution on such an endeavour, and thus the tone of the trip was set. Not for the half-hearted, for Dom this was no ordinary tourist excursion, this was a homecoming, a reconciling with the past. A journey as much as a trip.

 

Born in Beirut, Dom lived there until he was eighteen all through the civil war that tore the country apart. In Lebanon he went to school with Osama Bin Laden, learned to ski and to speak French and Arabic. At the age of seven he was sent to boarding school in England, where he would spend term times before returning to his war-torn home. Dom’s parents divorced when he was eighteen and he moved permanently to the UK, becoming a diplomat, a political journalist and then famous as a man who dressed as a giant squirrel shouting into an oversized mobile phone.

 

The Hezbollah Hiking Club is a funny, heart-warming travel book full of insight into the Middle East, religion, friendship and growing old disgracefully…

Dom Joly is a multi-award winning television comedian, has been a columnist for the Independent, i and Metro and is also an award-winning travel writer for the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday.  He lives in the Cotswolds with his wife and two kids.

Dom Joly will be in conversation with journalist and best-selling author Danny Danziger.

 

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Saturday 19th October 6.00pm

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Corn Exchange, High East Street

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Adults: £10.00

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