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By Any Means: His Brand New Adventure From Wicklow to Wollongong Paperback – 28 May 2009


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751541737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751541731
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charley Boorman is the author of RACE TO DAKAR and co-author of LONG WAY DOWN and LONG WAY ROUND. All are bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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"Replete with colorful characters, hair-raising action and enough raw machismo to knock over an elephant." --"Kirkus Reviews" on "Race to Dakar"

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* A brand new travel adventure from bestselling author Charley Boorman

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Fielder on 2 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I like others thoroughly enjoyed the two 'long ways' and the Race to Dhaka. This though is something else. Everything is all a bit clichéd and to be honest I couldn't really see the point of the trip. For example the 'by any means' to me actually means 'I haven't got any form of transport' (or presumably money) and hence must take (via hitching etc) any means to get from A to B. In this case `by any means' really actually 'means' (OK enough means) how many forms of transport can be 'ticked' off, in effect to make the trip look like a crazy caper which in reality it isn't. The TV show demonstrates this with the inherent and rather annoying 'ticker' of forms of transport. So what I could go to London for the day, ride the tram, tube etc....you get the picture. The second thing is that the writing is actually quite dull and lacks much in the way of depth i.e. I got up, met this bloke, we did this, ate this, saw this. All very good but excluding the bits with some history like Cambodia this type of writing is dull. Finally the last thing which got me was the constant whining about missing the kids and missus. OK if you're serving in Iraq, but if you're doing a big jolly which I presume was done with a book/dvd in mind this gets a little annoying. In summary I enjoyed it but it's nothing special.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
Having previously travelled on motorbike from London to New York via Europe, Central Asia, Siberia, Alaska and Canada on Long Way Round, and from John O'Groats to Cape Town on Long Way Down, Charley Boorman sets out on another adventure. This time the motorbikes (and previous wingman Ewan McGregor, who was busy filming) have been left behind as Boorman sets out from his childhood home in County Wicklow, Ireland, aiming to get to Sydney, Australia, travelling by any means of transport he can find. The result is a 20,000-mile odyssey through twenty-five countries.

Having enjoyed Long Way Round when the book and TV series appeared in 2004, I was disappointed with Long Way Down when it appeared. Aware of the mishaps and problems they'd had on the first journey, Long Way Down had been timetabled and planned to such an extent that a lot of the fun spontaneity of the earlier mission was lost, and the strict timetable meant that Ewan and Charley had to skip interesting areas they were passing in order to hit certain locations at certain times. This proved to be a point of contention on the African trip, and it wasn't until past the halfway point that they could finally relax and chill out a bit.

For By Any Means the goal was to reinstate this sense of spontaneity. As well as that, the decision to ditch the bikes was taken because travelling by motorbike through some of the areas they were heading to - particularly island-hopping from Malaysia down through Indonesia to Australia - would have been logistically difficult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover
After reading `Long Way Round' and `Long Way Down' and being very disappointed by the writing style and constant bickering between Boorman and McGregor, I vowed not to read any more book by them again. Then I saw a signed copy of `By Any Means' in a bookshop for a ludicrously cheap price and couldn't resist and I'm glad to say it has gone some way to redeeming Boorman and his TV tie-in books. Maybe that is because this is written with the help of another author, or maybe it's because there's none of the bickering, or maybe it's because I found the idea intriguing, but whatever the reason this made for an enjoyable and easy going travelogue. The journey itself is amazing and the variety of countries visited maintains your interest throughout. It does get a touch repetitive at times, with the usual theme being get up after lack of sleep, find unusual form of transport, miss wife and family and reach destination, the odd additional aspect of the journey stand out in comparison and make them more enjoyable to read. There are many colour photo plates which illustrate the various countries and stories told very well and are a real highlight of the book. If you enjoyed the series then I'm guessing you'll also enjoy the book , although there is nothing new here that you didn't see on TV. You'll also enjoy this if you enjoy armchair travel books and although it's not brilliant, it is still a very good read and much better after the uninspiring dross that were the books of `LWR' and `LWD'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Swift on 22 Sep 2009
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Whilst it feels odd that Charley is doing this incredible trip without Ewan McGregor...the reality is that in many ways this kind of Travel Documentary made famously by Michael Palin with his now legendry 'Around the World in 80 Days'...brings about a sort of jealous streak in many individuals like myself who would dearly love to be able to leave home and make out to a far destination just like that!
But in reality it doesn't happen - Just like that!
Months and months of planning routes...obtaining travel visas...necessary documentation of the items being carried...medical check-ups...insurance...various amounts of different currency...Oh! the hightmare of planning is enough to put the majority of people off...
Thankfully, this set of people with Charley on this long-haul trip using a vast load of different modes of travel from : Motorbikes, Cars, Buses, Horses, Ships, Boats, etc. may not be for the fainthearted, but this was proved to be not a problem, there was the waiting game at Customs Posts when it came to documentation and photocopies were not acceptable...so the originals had to be sent out so progress could be made towards the finishing line in Australia.
This book and indeed the DVD of the programmes seen on TV I most certainly recommend, but unless you are thinking of following in Charley's footsteps...use it for the enjoyment it can bring and not necessarily as a bible to do the same...mind you in some parts of Britain you could try the same...Bus to Train Station - Train to Blackpool...Taxi to Hotel...Walk onto Prom...Catch Tram to Pleasure Beach...Oh! the endless various rides at Pleasure Beach...Log Plum/PepsiMax/Umberellas the variants go on and on...no passport or visa required...take sick bag just in case...
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