Paperback: Another Long Day on the Piste, by Will Randall

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In previous books, the travel writer and Radio 4 favourite Will Randall has written about falling off donkeys in Spain and out of canoes in the Solomon Islands. Here he describes a more familiar adventure: the pitfalls of trying to reinvent yourself as a ski-bum in mid-middle-age. Stationed at the Alpine backwater of Mont St Bernard, Randall entertains with expertly executed anecdotes about drag lift disasters, the flirtatious lingo of apres-ski and the benefits of a sport that daily reminds you that there is "always someone more useless than you unless of course there isn't."