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Over the Hill and Far Away: One Grown-up Gap Year [Kindle Edition]

Jo Carroll
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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There must be something between the retirement party and buying a zimmer frame. JO CARROLL decided this was the time to revive her teenage dreams and go round the world. So she packed her rucksack, a round-the-world ticket, and a notebook. Not prepared, then, for being marooned on a beach in Australia with the tide rising and nothing but cliffs behind her; nor negotiating with a gunman who wanted to marry her in Lucknow. Let’s not think about the snakes and leeches in the jungles of Malaysia.

But could anything have prepared her for the drama that brought her home? Nor the kindness of strangers who kept her safe at that moment when she was least able to do it for herself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471069427
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060J1UGI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a travel book with guts and emotion 22 Feb 2012
By The Kindle Book Review TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Like Eat, Pray, Love? Then you will love this. This is Eat, Pray, Love with real guts and glory emotion. Jo Carroll is already an extraordinary woman before she even ties her tinsel marker to her backpack. A mother, survivor of divorce and now a widow, she worked in Children's Services for over 30 years, working hard to befriend, help and try to repair damaged children from all walks of life and circumstance. Not a job for the faint hearted, Jo decided that it was time to leave to travel - a now or never moment; a magazine article over a cup of coffee that reignited a long-lost ambition within her.

I throughly enjoyed this book, I laughed, cried, nattered, freaked out and worried with her. From her amazing descriptive text, I felt the wind, the freedom and the sun on my face...

Not an easy trip, Jo tells the story well and as a woman who plans to travel when the kids fly the nest, I found her emotional truths refreshing and I really got a measure of the places she visited and the people she encountered: scary, wonderful, and weird characters.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspiring read, it makes both a good travel book and an engaging memoir. Jo Carroll is a very inspiring person who obviously does not realise
quite how special she is.

Rachel Dove, The Kindle Book Review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, with real emotional heart 22 Jan 2012
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My review title says it all. Jo invites the reader to join her on what is not just an absorbing (and demanding) physical journey, but an intensely personal one as well. With writing rich and warm; descriptions vivid and real and characters that jump off the page, this book will stay with me for a long time to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Completely authentic and compelling 9 Jan 2012
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Travel writing is not so much about the places visited as it is about the interaction between the place and the writer. That's a given, I think, but even so there are variations in the degree of focus on place vs self. Travel also frequently involves venturing outside one's comfort zone. Jo Carroll illustrates her level of comfort during her explorations by the extent to which she can step outside herself and into the exotic locales through which she passes.

She's palpably uncomfortable at her first stop, Sydney, where she remains self-conscious about the age difference between herself and those around her and continues to question her reasons for having embarked in her mid-50s on what amounts to a yearlong Walkabout.

I think the sheer physical beauty of New Zealand, which she visits next, pushes her doubts into the background. But then she moves on to Nepal and from there to India, and both of those places call for a lot of flexibility on her part. She's very fortunate in having, at most stages of the trek, companions of one sort or another who ease her transition into the local scene. By the time she is mostly on her own, she has acquired more confidence. Still, doubts abound, all of which she records in present tense. Of India, she says:

"I have not learned how to read people here. I am still stared at, occasionally followed. This does not feel threatening any more, rather an expression of curiosity. But I have been on the edge of so many scams here, and cannot--in the instant of meeting someone--read whether they are honest."

The life she left behind in the UK includes grown daughters, one of whom is due to give birth, so she continues to feel conflicted about her globetrotting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel writing at its best! 23 Sep 2013
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I've done a bit of travelling in my life but have never been brave enough to do what Jo Carroll did when she took off for a 'gap' year in her fifties to travel round the world. Unfortunately, I have to accept, there are many countries I will never get to see and I am grateful to Jo for allowing me to "experience", through her eyes, some wonderful, fascinating places.

I have huge admiration for Jo, not only as a writer, but as someone who has worked with disturbed children for many years yet still manages to retain a sense of wonder and humour. This shines through her writing.

You won't be disappointed. Join her for the ride . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book 19 Jan 2013
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It has msde me want to travel to new zealand and australiaand definitely took me back to my trip in nepal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 21 Sep 2012
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Gap years aren't just for the young but most people seem to abandon their youthful dreams of hitting the road with a rucsac as pension age approaches. Jo Carroll sidestepped the Saga escorted group option and set off to do the real thing.

She writes readably and interestingly, she is unpretentious, honest, intelligent and observant. and she is fascinated by everyone she meets and everything she sees.

Almost as good as actually doing the trip myself in a way - except that this time, Jo is the one dealing with the scary drivers and the cockroaches .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Experience tells 4 May 2012
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Jo's book had me riveted from the first words.

I felt, all the way through, that I was in each situation as she told it delicately and descriptively but with a matter of fact humour.

The cultural contradictions hung in the air as I joined her in her feelings as she confronted diverse circumstances on her own. I felt my own reactions, distinct from hers but I understood hers utterly and her humanity illuminated every page.

It was a privilege to experience her journey so thoroughly. She brought the sounds, flavours, smells and feelings of them all - I don't need to go!

She has inspired me to try my hand at writing about my own journeys.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Lovely book, but the constant references to her age ( is 56 old these days?) and how old she was to be doing this became annoying. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by an amazing lady
Loved reading about Jo's exploits while travelling on her own. What a brave lady and so inspirational. I hope one day to have the courage to do the same!
Published 7 months ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this.
I loved this book - made me want to pack by bag and set off travelling. Jo Carroll gives an honest accouht of her grown-up gap year, sharing her doubts and fears as well as the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms. Mary H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and evocative
From indescribable beauty at every turn in New Zealand to a silently observed ritual by a beloved father at The Ganges' edge, this book held my attention at every turn. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by LastKrystallos
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Away but definitely not over the hill!
Jo Carroll writes as a determined, gutsy and compassionate woman who decided to seize the day and take herself travelling the world alone after years working with damaged children. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by Gill Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars You could almost be there!
Over the Hill and Far Away is a travelogue, but unusually it also delivers a strong sense of the writer's emotions - fear, love, excitement and doubt just for starters. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Jacqueline Pye
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