From a sorry tale of being locked in a Dutch toilet to getting naked and beaten with branches in Mexico (supposedly for pleasure). The offbeat tales of travel gone wrong in this Lonely Planet book would fit very well on Quirky Guide. Instead, it’s the work of writers from Yes-Man Danny Wallace to travel writer extraordinaire Tim Cahill. The stories are short and sweet, perfect for dipping into on the road. You’ll find it at Amazon.co.uk or direct from Lonely Planet for £7.99.