The Dark Tourist - Dom Joly

The Dark Tourist

By Dom Joly

  • Release Date: 2010-09-02
  • Genre: Travel & Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 80 Ratings


'Dark tourism is the act of travel and visitation to sites, attractions and exhibitions which have real or recreated death, suffering or the seemingly macabre as a main theme'

Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. Dom's upbringing was interspersed with terrifying days and nights spent hunkered in the family basement under Syrian rocket attack or coming across a pile of severed heads from a sectarian execution in the pine forests near his home.

These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile. The more insalubrious the place, the more interesting is the journey and so we follow Dom as he skis in Iran on segregated slopes, picnics in the Syrian Desert with a trigger-happy government minder and fires rocket propelled grenades at live cows in Cambodia (he missed on purpose, he just couldn't do it).

Funny and frightening in equal measure, this is a uniquely bizarre and compelling travelogue from one of the most fearless and innovative comedians around.


  • Charles Gund

    By domjoly
    A spectacularly well written travelogue. Joly plunges into some of worlds most I inviting destinations with gusto and wit.
  • The Dark Tourist

    By Silverbackedgorilla
    This book is an insight to all those places that the dark side of you would love to visit by the light side of wouldn't let you go. It's a cracking read.
  • Brilliant!

    By Jimbola
    Can't express what a great spin Dom put's on these seemingly strange and obscure locations, it's as if you're travelling with him. I was hooked within the first few chapters and then had to finish it as soon as I could. Written really well and in a 'can't put it down style, the only downside was when I finished it! I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
  • Pleasantly Surprised

    By Sticktastic
    I've followed Dom Joly for years, loved Trigger Happy TV. Not only was it funny but had a brilliant soundtrack too. I expected this book to be light hearted and pointing fun at the funny foreigners. It was so much more. Parts had me laughing out loud, brilliantly written and a honest account of Dom's travels. An amazing privilege to be able to travel to such fascinating places. All I need now if to book some tickets to Lebanon.
  • Great, as you'd expect.

    By Major Disruption
    Funny & eye opening, sometimes Dom makes the reader feel as if they're travelling alongside him. The only problem with this book is it's too short. Wholly recommended.
  • Super Read

    By butopian
    Watched his theatre show. Top read. Top bloke.
  • Brilliant

    By Andrew Horwood
    A great read!
  • Great read!

    By Barny babe
    A real mix- laugh out loud funny but also very interesting! Few more photos would be good if have them?
  • A brilliant and engaging read

    By @timskipper
    I thoroughly enjoyed read Dom's adventure, he captured the essence of the countries he visited brilliantly. Recommended.
  • More please!

    By go^uk
    Michael Palin he is not! However, this is a genuinely refreshing travelogue. A must read for any Dom Joly fan - more so if you are not.