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Hot Silver - Riding the Indian Pacific [Kindle Edition]

Steven Lewis
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s Bill Bryson meets Paul Theroux in Steven Lewis’s hilarious review of his train journey across Australia on the Indian Pacific in the train’s fortieth anniversary year.

Hot Silver stops with the train in Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie, all of which are closed when the Indian Pacific visits. Most closed of all, though, is Cook, the tiny town (pop. 5) in the middle of the vast Nullarbor Plain, 200,000 square kilometres of nothingness in the centre of Australia.

"It’s like walking round one of those fake towns the Americans built to test their nuclear weapons. I wouldn’t be surprised to turn a corner and find mannequin Betty Draper holding a plastic cigarette to her red lips while she waits to be blown to kingdom come. And, if the Reds don’t get her, the wind just might.

A perfect read for the armchair traveller, Hot Silver is a laugh-out-loud account that brings to life one of the world's most famous train trips with the deft sketches and first-hand observation of a seasoned travel writer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taleist (6 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J2VBCO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

A journalist and writer for nearly 20 years, Steven has written for The Financial Times, Esquire, GQ, and the International Herald Tribune, among others. A long-time resident of Hong Kong, he had a popular and long-running consumer technology column in the South China Morning Post and was the technology editor of Asian Business.

He first published online in 1994 and today his titles are available in Amazon's Kindle store, Apple's iBookstore, and as audiobooks through Audible.

Steven is also a professional podcaster, ghostwriter and helps other writers publish their ebooks.

He is married and lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars DRAWBACKS IN THE OUTBACK 16 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a let-down. Not exactly a total disaster but a modest disappointment.

Not the book. That's fine. In fact Steven Lewis's book is more than fine for it made me laugh throughout at an author who had been rubbing his hands excitedly at the prospect of going on one of the great train journeys, a luxurious sortie across Australia. And who wouldn't be excited at such an opportunity, especially as it was a 'freebie'? Well, for a start not Mrs L who seemed to anticipate some drawbacks and arranged to accompany her husband only as far as Adelaide. Women have this uncanny sense of foreboding so they say.

So don't bother with this book if you don't love the thrilling adventure of train journeys and visiting remote hamlets which even the ghosts have left. Don't even pick it up if the notion of endless barren lands does not appeal. But read it most of all if you enjoy a laugh at the tongue-in-cheek discomfiture and disappointments of a really good travel writer. And I guess that he must have been able to comfort himself throughout the whole dismal business at the thought that he had a genuinely funny book just waiting to be written as soon as he escaped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 31 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, i definitely wasn't expecting it to be so funny. I read it in one sitting and found myself transported onto the train with Steven. His descriptions are so vivid you feel you're experiencing the journey with him; not always a comfortable read as you'll discover!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but could be longer 27 Oct. 2013
By Andy
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Quite an entertaining read and will probably reflect my own experiences when I board the Indian Pacific next month. Disappointed it wasn't a little longer but perhaps the subject matter really is that limited! Will kill half an hour or so if you're interested in the trip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Train Tales 9 April 2014
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A short but enjoyable description of the Indian Pacific. I was left wanting more, unlike the author, of the experience. If you are looking for an enjoyable voyage, again unlike the author's experience, then this book is for you. Unless you are Tony Braxton-Smith....
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