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In Search of Greener Grass

In Search of Greener Grass [Kindle Edition]

Graham Field
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Destined to appeal to anyone with a passion for bikes, travel and adventure, In Search of Greener Grass is a fascinating account of the author’s adventurous travels by motorbike and his life as a whole.

Written with a refreshing self disparaging, dry and cynical wit, this is part handbook – Graham’s journey is covered from the pitfalls of pedantic preparation to the dilemma of disposing of a bike with which Graham formed a deep bond on the way to journey’s end – and part life story, full of anecdotes and life enhancing realisations collected over a quarter century of travel on and off the road.

Graham’s narrative is full of light-hearted but insightful observations, occasional wisdom and sporadic alcohol-fuelled inspiration. His account is a little rebellious, but generally defiant. The book describes the enlightenment he found, insecurities discovered, banter, babblings and bollocks that perhaps should have stayed inside the crash helmet. Riding east to Mongolia and then a bit further, discovering truths, doubting their accuracy and reassessing it all again. Graham rides into the semi-researched but mostly unknown, stops briefly before compulsively moving on again, deciding that contentment must be around the next corner, occasionally finding it and then missing it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178088088X
  • Publisher: Matador (10 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T9409M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Tale 29 Jun 2012
I'm not normally a reader of travel books and having seen the project planned, sponsored and made with a tv crew trips, I thoight this sort of story had been well told. But Graham's tale is much more than that. This is a funny, poignant, thought provoking and thougherly inspirational story of a genuine adventure in (what we believe is) a modern world.
If you are a motorcycle rider and if, like me, you have attempted journeys of reasonable distance you will connect with Graham's quirky but practicle approach to over coming obstacles. If you are some who likes the notation of travelling into somewhat unknown territory and situations, albeit with a little advance planning (or Russian maps) and finding that human spirit and kindness still matter more (to some) than material things, then you will enjoy this book. I particularly enjoyed the issues with group dynamics and what to do if you find your travelling companions a pain in the ass - been there done that.
This was a motor cycling and literary highlight of a dismal British summmer so far for me.
Having met Graham I know that another trip is in the planning stage and if that is recorded in print with the same passion and humour as this one it will be a book I look forward to reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Drob
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Question: How much use is a map you cannot read?

Answer: Very! As the author will reveal....

Having dreamt of doing a trip like this, this book has been both a revelation and an inspiration. One man, heading off alone to ride to Mongolia on a very second hand motorbike, no "back up", significant language barriers, no GPS but a series of maps (one of which he cannot even read!) and a lot of determination and common sense. This tale depicts both the journey itself, and at the same time is an honest and introspective account about such an embarkation. The author is clearly passionate about two wheels and about experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.
This book is brutally honest about both the highs and lows of this epic adventure, both relating to the welfare of the bike, but more endearingly, the emotional responses along the way. As the pages turn one gets a sense of the individuality of the author, a character I feel I can easily relate to.
If you are at all interested in travel and adventure, I highly recommend this book. It is refreshingly different, with many a spark of humour thrown in for good measure.
And the total cost, including bike, was less than the price of a fully kitted 7 year old BMW R1200GS! Amazing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book 31 Dec 2013
By Ogri
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read many bike travel books and 'In Search of Greener Grass' ranks amongst the best of this genre. Graham has an eloquent writing style and imparts his experiences, feelings and observations on life that he discovers on the trip in a way that kept me always wanting to read the next chapter before putting the book down. He also has great musical tastes and was a 'proper' biker before undertaking this trip.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Jay
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I so loved this book. Graham Field has managed to capture the essence of real adventure in this epic tale of epic mileage on an old eBay bargain bike. His story telling abilities blend seamlessly with his very real talent for description; I could well imagine the environment he was writing about at any time in the book. I particularly liked the way the book flowed and the occasional departure in to the author's thoughts on things non travel/motorcycle related are funny and relevant. I have read and re-read the passage on Health and Safety 'officials' and it makes me laugh out loud every time.

The last Paragraphs in the book a beautifully written and... well... inspiring. Thank you Graham for a tremendous antidote to 2012's Great British 'summer'.

Jay - UK
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a trip and not an ego trip 28 May 2012
This book is a trip and not an ego trip.
Giving the author 4 stars instead of 5 is my way of keeping him with his pen poised and ready to continue writing, as he should. Maybe you'll just give him 5 and be done with it. Read on and find out why.
Regular travel books these days range from the sublime to the pathetic. The range of specific motorcycle travel books has increased to where it now truly crosses over into the realm of regular travel books. This is a book about travel that happens to include a motorcycle, not just a motorcycle travel book.
So why is this important? I enjoyed this book because it fills in a lot of the gaps, the empty spaces that reside between arriving in destination x, y, and/or z, the places along the road that really do make up the journey.
Too many motorcycle travel books are tied up in making the author out to be a: hero, introspective guru, a lightning rod for cultures (though subjective analysis abounds usually), a sage expert in two wheeled travel, and/or some oddball mix of these. Graham Field presents a refreshingly glib and thought provoking look at travel and he does it from the seat of his motorcycle, the floor of a yurt, the edge of a cliff or two, the deeper part of a river crossing, and countless chairs in roadside eateries that offer fare from the delicious to the suspicious.
It is a flowing mix of details, thoughts, pithy random observations, and provocative paragraphs that will keep you reading and feeling like you are part of the "ride".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and inspirational
A honest, non-glossy account of the highs and lows of a motorcycle adventure. Factual and yet very entertaining, anyone who's done a modest length trip on a bike will empathise... Read more
Published 24 days ago by I. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
This book is a well written day by day account of Grahams low budget adventure half way around the world on a cheap bike ripped from eBay. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Nigel Moffet
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!!
Written with humour and observation this book makes you feel as if you are there as Graham eases into a tour to Mongolia via a music festival in Norway on a humble Kawazaki. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Brilliant from start to finish, so well written you you feel as if you are riding pillion. A recommended read!
Published 1 month ago by Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars Top book, top bloke
I found this book by pure luck, my new phone had a book function on it, so i downloaded a sample, I was hooked, so I bought the paper copy
This has to be one of the best... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Colin
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This book is a good read keeps your interest all the way through and proves you do not need an expensive adventure bike to travel the world just the get up and go to do it!
Published 2 months ago by chris50
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Hi Graham loved your book could nt put it down,it made me laugh so much.Liked the way you had a new start every day. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ray Youngs
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuff dreams are made of
Very human and honest account of a man riding his motorbike overland from UK to Mongolia. Not a subject I would normally be interested in but it was so easy to engage, laugh and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jazzy
4.0 out of 5 stars It surprised me!
Every so often, a travel book pops up that makes me double take. This book did just that! I loved the honesty, the descriptions, the bizarre moments and actually, the book made me... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Manicom
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlanding at it's best, written with talent and passion.
I rode the same solo route a year after Graham; I wasn't aware of his book before I left on my own journey and when I discovered it I really wasn't expecting much. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Derek A Mansfield
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