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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Reprint edition (20 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034097981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340979815
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 23.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Lilwall was born in London, and studied geography at Edinburgh University and then teacher training and theology at Oxford University. Before he set out on his long-distance adventures, he was a door-to-door salesman in California, and a geography high-school teacher in England.

His two main adventures (the subject of his books) were cycling over 35,000 miles from Far Eastern Siberia to London via Papua New Guinea, Australia, Tibet and Afghanistan (Cycling Home From Siberia), and walking over 3,000 miles from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong, via China (Walking Home From Mongolia). His undocumented adventures include cycling across Ethiopia, the Andes Mountains, and the Karakorum Mountains; walking across Andalucía, a lap of the M25 motorway, and from the Golan Heights to Masada; canoeing down the Thames, and floating down the Severn on a homemade raft.

Since 2010 he has lived in Hong Kong where he is a freelance TV adventurer, writer, and motivational speaker. He has written over 40 freelance pieces for the South China Morning Post. Together with his wife Christine, he is the joint National Director for the Hong Kong mobilization office of the International children's charity Viva.

He has written two books, presented two National Geographic TV series, and has given speeches about his adventures to over 30,000 people worldwide.

Find out more at:
www.roblilwall.com

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I'm not sure Rob Lilwall knows it, but he has penned a two-wheeled classic. I wanted to rise up singing and strap on my bicycle clips. (The Guardian)

Lilwall has a wonderful ability to inspire trust in his readers (The Guardian)

Lilwall's story is a remarkable one...enhanced by the fact that he has a writer's skill for conveying a sense of place. (The Sunday Telegraph)

A rite of passage adventure, full of thrills, excitement and endurance tests (The Irish Times)

Rob Lilwall is such a transparently decent, honest and likeable bloke that it is difficult not to become involved in the highs and lows of his journey...Ever since Odysseus, the traveller has returned home to find himself wiser and more fulfilled than when he departed. Rob Lilwall is no exception. (TES)

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The gripping adventure story of one man's epic journey back from Siberia to England by bike

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David C. Hill on 10 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
OK, I'm also a committed non-Christian but this book is great. The 'faith' aspects do not detract from what was clearly an epic adventure and in no way spoiled it for me. If anything, I knew about these before starting the book and was releived the author had not over-egged this aspect.

You'll have to look very hard indeed to find someone - believer or non-believer - this adventurous who can also write about it in such an engaging way and on that basis alone, it is an absolutely fantastic book. Buy it, i couldn;t put it down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Atkey on 31 Dec 2009
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Rob Lilwall's open and upbeat attitude shines through his writing and makes this an uplifting read. The passage through Siberian winter is truly an heroic feat- cycling through -40c conditions in one of the harshest landscapes on earth is a pretty wonderful thing to have achieved and the reading of it makes the reader aware of possibilities unthought of. Also the section with Rob battling through the jungles and along the beaches of New Guinea is outrageous and certainly his adventure lives up to his own English-explorer standards of 'ridiculousness' and 'epic-ness'. There are many funny moments and I whipped through this book in a couple of days it is such fun. Totally disagree with other comments about religion being annoying- I am not religious and am not at all bothered by Rob's expressions of his faith at various points. Indeed it ties the book together and provides the tale's spiritual core. A book that will make you want to get up and do something huge yourself. Buy it!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter South on 19 Sep 2009
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Cycling Home From Siberia is a genuinely exciting and inspirational tale of Rob Lilwall's adventure cycling home to London from the wilds of Siberia.

Packed with fascinitating insights to the places, cultures and people he met along the way, this is a hugely riveting and personal account of his journey.

Hard to put down, I look forward to his next adventure!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Ebling on 29 Dec 2009
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I was so excited to hear the book was ready after having read various email updates during the journey, and the finished product did not disappoint at all. It is a remarkable story of endurance and perseverance, which had me in fits or laughter one minute and tears the next. Rob's honest portrayal of life on the road, the people he encountered across the world, and his own character and spiritual journey was gripping and I could not put the book down. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone to has ever tried to go anywhere on a bike, who loves to travel, or who is simply wondering how long it does take to cycle home from Siberia. Read it - you won't be disappointed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David L. Shaw on 13 Sep 2009
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Rob Lilwall's tale of his 35,000 mile adventure on a bike makes compulsive reading. His descriptions of both the extraordinary things that happened to him together with the fascinating and the so generous people that came to his aid come alive on every page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alastair Burnett on 7 Jan 2010
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absolutely awe-inspiring, phenomenal journey, spiritual main character and he gets the girl... he literally makes you feel that he has the whole world in his hands and freedom to go just about anywhere... I can only recommend this with highest praise. This book could change your life forever if you are still young at heart and brave of spirit
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Owen on 16 Jan 2010
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this is a great book on many levels - gripping story, inspirational effect it can have on you, love interest intertwined in the text, humorous anecdotes and insights into different culture. suitable for both men and women of all ages and activity levels! Thats why i bought 3 copies after reading it to give as presents to friends and family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chelli on 27 Oct 2010
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This lengthy book about Rob's epic 3 ½ year cycle ride home to London from Siberia -going the long way round via Eastern Asia, Australia & South east Asia - is a really fascinating read. Despite the size of the book, he skims through or misses out a lot of parts of his journey and only concentrates on the most exciting & dangerous parts -Siberia, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Iran, so the book is never boring.
Rob does an excellent job of recreating the tension of the most scary moments of the trip, he really had me on the edge of my seat in parts. I also enjoyed reading about all the interesting people he met along his travels, and although he seemed more concerned in asking them about their religion than about their lives he did still manage to uncover some really interesting points.
Rob doesn't always come across as the most charismatic person, but he's quick to admit his faults, and I trusted him to tell the tales without any boasting or exaggeration. I have to admire his amazing bravery and determination in doing this trip and this book has certainly inspired me.
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