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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034912261X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349122618
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful and inspiring new travel adventure from the author of bestselling classic JUPITER'S TRAVELS

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From the bestselling author of Jupiter's Travels and Dreaming of Jupiter comes an entertaining and inspiring new journey round Britain.

Having crisscrossed the globe twice, Ted returns to the British Isles to rediscover the country of his youth. The result is a revealing portrait of modern Britain. It is also a witty and affectionate journey back to the past, when Ted would hitchhike across the country visiting friends (and girlfriends).

He returns to the site of his old school with its astonishing war time history and visits familiar haunts where he did his National Service and got his first job in newspapers. He also visits less-familiar places. Some inspire him (Winchester Cathedral). Others defeat him (a tax office in Nottingham). As he rolls through the Isles, he discovers that a great deal has changed: busier roads, bureaucracy and, worst of all, the dreaded 'Sat Nav'. But there is also much to celebrate and enjoy along the way.

Packed with fascinating stories, extraordinary encounters, and glorious depictions of the British countryside, Rolling through the Isles takes the reader on an unforgettable trip with a celebrated adventurer and writer.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William J. Whyman on 2 July 2012
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I'm a fan, not only because of the easy narrative which makes this book so readable, but also because Mr Simon is the man who inspired my ( and many others) motorcycling adventures. This is not just a travelogue, but also a history of his early background, his family struggle and his luck. In my opinion you have to read this book twice in quick succession, first as a light and sometimes very amusing history, but second time round with more depth and examination of his philosophy on those things that influenced his past and present. A short rant about religious views is both entertaining and incisive. Another great read Mr Simon- and as we say here in rural France 'Chapeau'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave Bear on 14 Sept. 2012
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Thirty plus years ago I read Jupiter's Travels, and what a wonderful book that was, so when I saw Ted's book on Amazon about travelling around Britain, it was a definite must have.

However, I have to say - with great regret - that I didn't particularly enjoy it.

For one thing, it was a very limited tour of Britain, with a somewhat haphazard itinerary. But what dissapointed me in particular were some of his musings on the various towns and villages he visited, and the memories they evoked for him. Too many of them were rather mundane I thought, and at times rather boring, particularly the over long sections on Barrow in Furness and Belfast.

All I can say is I still have the highest regard for Ted's earlier work, but maybe, just maybe, this latest effort was a book too far.

PS: I also think it was rather expensive for a relatively short book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By roadrunner on 8 Jun. 2012
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Yet another cracking read from Ted.
The book is basically Ted revisiting places and reliving memories from his younger days, before he moved to the US in 1968.
He also visits places he has never been to before,also he meets up with some old friends along the way.
The journey is not without a couple of minor problems en route.
If you read JUPITERS TRAVELS and DREAMING OF JUPITER, you will also enjoy this book.
I read the book in a couple of days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Motty on 19 Aug. 2012
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Teds at it again only this time on some sort of motorised wheel barrow ! He has a lovely ramble through The British Isles and as usual writes mostly with fondness for the country he left many years ago. A charming and often humourous look at the Britain of today. He is as observant as ever and laces the text with interesting facts. Despite having some celebrity status in the motorcycle world Teds feet are still firmly on the foot pegs . A relatively short book but none the less another great adventure.Ted I think is living proof that some of us cannot fit it all in one lifetime. If as he says in the closing passages he travels through England by canal boat I know he wil love it. I did. Further reading that I enjoyed Living the DreamSailing Alone Around the World
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I had read other readers' reviews, some of which were not that impressed with this latest offering from Ted Simon. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed all his previous chronicles, this tale was a bit of a letdown. For a start previous books had twice the number of pages and single line spacing print. This is double spacing, so we are only looking at a quarter of the content of previous offerings.

There was too much reminiscing over his youth and not enough detail about the journey. He jumped from place to place with little content about how he got there, apart from frequent mention of his Tom Tom. It was too autobiographical which may have been forgiven if more information about the journey had been forthcoming. Unlike Ted's previous Jupiter Travels and Return of Jupiter, there was very little humour this time; the sign of an older gentleman writer maybe? The best bit was the information gleaned from the taxi driver on his tour of Belfast. I agree with previous reviews, that Ted was not up to his usual standard but I wish him well in his retirement in Northern California for the pleasure he has given countless readers/bikers over the decades.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Axle on 30 July 2012
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If you are already a Ted fan - you'll like the mature, more leisurely Ted in this book too. Not much edge, more of an amble - a pleasant trip down memory lane, little episodes rather than an odyssey ( and one suspects a bit of a pension top-up volume for Ted ). But I love him and have enjoyed taking this little ride around the English countryside, villages and towns with him. Take it for what it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cliff on 23 Jun. 2013
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I found this book well written and a pleasure to read. It truly shows a good portrait of Britain

This book is definitely for a Ted Simon fan. It is more about revisiting his interesting life, that is squeezed around war time Britain. So if you have not read Jupiter`s travels, than please read that first.

All in all, a very good book.
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I am a big Ted Simon fan, that said I still believe Jupiter's Travels remains his greatest work (his Sgt Pepper 's if you will).

However, I genuinely enjoyed this book: a clearly older and perhaps more reflective Ted travels the British Isles on board his little 3-wheeler. He delves into his childhood and visits places that bring back memories. I enjoy this aspect of his writing as you feel as if you are on the journey with him. There isn't much about the biking...apart from his understandable desire to avoid main roads.

He gives his interpretation into modern Britain and how things have changed as both a former resident and now Californian.

He remains one of, if not the, best motorcycle journey writer. He's never going to again repeat Jupiter's Travels. But that's okay...it makes his journeys nowadays more tangible for the rest of us.
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