Tossers and Arseblowers: An Alternative Romp Through Europe

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Not all Spaniards are Goat Tossers, not all Frenchmen are Arse Blowers, and not all Portuguese are Penis Cake Eaters. But JR Daeschner knows quite a few who are. In Tossers and Arseblowers, he picks up where he left off with True Brits and crosses the Channel in search of Europe's most surreal traditions. From the far west of Ireland to the Continental divide in Istanbul, he ventures where few foreigners have gone before, witnessing spectacles such as the Baby Jumping Festival and the Rigor Mortis Procession in Spain, Snake Handling and Fire Dancing in Greece, Cow Fighting in Switzerland and the celebrations in honour of England's patron saint in the heart of the EU. Along the way, he's inducted into the Order of the Priceless Sardine and catches countless characters in action, including a German detective turned 'love spy', the last of the Irish matchmakers, a Sicilian coprophile and a gay Turkish 'Bear'. Whether it's the furore over the camp following for Oil Wrestling in Turkey or the controversy surrounding the Dutch 'Santa' and his black sidekick, Daeschner finds that these centuries-old events reveal surprising insights into our Continental neighbours.

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From the hugely successful author of True Brits, comes this hilarious journey through a very different Europe...

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From the author of True Brits, a tour of twenty-first century Europe in all its bottom-blowing, goat-tossing, oil-wrestling glory.

In True Brits American writer JR Daeschener travelled the UK seeking out its weirdest and wackiest traditions. After witnessing shin kicking, horn dancing and faggot cutting he thought he had seen it all - until he travelled across the channel to see our continental neighbours.

Tossers and Arseblowers is the hilarious account of JR's travels around Europe and of his quest to find out why people do such extraordinary things. From goat-tossing and baby-jumping in Spain, cutting ties and tailing spies in Germany, battling dragons in Wallonia and cow-fighting in Switzerland, JR not only talks to countless colourful characters and catches them in action, but also takes part in the events himself. Along the way he discovers that many of these weird and wonderful traditions have their routes in the most unlikely of places, and provide an insight in what it means to be European today.

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