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Not All Sunshine & Sand: The Tales of a UK–Middle East Truck Driver
 
 

Not All Sunshine & Sand: The Tales of a UK–Middle East Truck Driver [Kindle Edition]

Paul Rowlands , Brian Wales
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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The adventures of a truck driver who hauled from the UK to the Middle East in the 1970s

About the Author

Born in The Rhondda, South Wales, Paul Rowlands' first job was with the Civil Service, but his love for travel led to his becoming a long-distance truck driver. Paul lives in Ipswich, Suffolk and continues to work as a truck driver/roadie.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true story about the Middle East route. 6 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
I read this book cover to cover almost non-stop,it was hard to put down.

It is Paul Rowlands true life account of driving for the legendary Trans UK Continental Ltd.,that brings home the hard living,hard working life on the road from the UK to the Middle East during the 70's oil boom.
This book tells of the hardships suffered by the driver's and the trucks,the appaling road conditions (where there were roads),of the scorching desert's and the terrible winter's in eastern Turkey,as well as the fun times spent in various watering-holes along the route.

Paul's accounts are not from vague memory or heresay,but from the detailed diaries he kept,it makes for compelling reading.

Buy it! You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not all sunshine and sand 2 Jun 2013
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I am still reading the book but finding the stories rather repetitive .I am not riveted and wouldn't really recommend it .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Places you right there in the driver's seat 11 Sep 2012
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This book puts you right there, from Paul's formative days driving a coal truck through the long haul Middle Eastern days his stories put you right there - in the driver's seat. Paul is a genuinely nice, understated guy. I just wish I knew these stories when we were touring together in 2009 and 2010! Great job Paul!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 2 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Really enjoyed this book It gave a great insight into Middle East trucking .It is very well written would have no hesitation in recommending it.Simply could not put it down .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 28 April 2014
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As a former middle east trucker ,and having read a few books written by so called middle east truckers ,it is a relief to finally read an account by someone who actually knows what he is talking about.
Well done, Paul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 3 April 2014
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Really enjoyed this book felt as if you were there. Enjoyed the start of his career on the old trucks reminded me of my dad
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 8 Mar 2014
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Fantastic read Paul, could almost see myself sitting in the cab with you at some points. Well worth the time & money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars how it is 27 Jan 2014
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a brilliant book well written tells it just how it was enjoyed reading it greatly brought back so many good memories of the many years doing same,
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