Just read the freebie bit (see above) of Tom Bruce's book.
Enjoyed it so I suppose I should buy the rest.
I think one or two folk have critcised the style in that when describing towns buildings views etc he uses a fairly limited vocabulary.
In truth I found this somewhat refreshing, having a limited appreciation of detailed architectural descriptions.
I found the style clear, crisp and down-to-earth with little recourse to over-dramatisation which can make some similar travelogues sound like a breathless over-hyped pub-tale-telling by a breathless gap year returnee with tales of almost being eaten alive by scorpions/cycling across a canyon on a zipwire or whatever.
Instead simple descriptions of slumming it on the cheap are rather empowering.
In the bit I read, despite this down to earth style, I remain somewhat puzzled/bemused possibly alarmed by his hygiene regime - at least a couple of times after what seems like an extended period on the road free camping in woods etc he describes being offered a shower by a friendly local (he meets lots) but declining it because he couldn't be bothered/didn't have time. I would have thought a shower would be a godsend in such situations and set one up for a few days.