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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (28 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178088088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780880884
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sprint 1050 on 29 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
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 on 23 May 2012
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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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In Search of Greener Grass by Graham Field.

I had a look at the photographs and was a little disappointed. How mistaken I was. Graham paints a far better picture detailing those emotions which are absent in all but the very best photographs. Predictably; comfort, humour, pain, apprehension, exhilaration, frustration, contentment and company are encountered on a journey such as this. The landscapes are vast and Graham describes them through his emotions and experiences. Don't expect extended prose, you are more likely to get a shot of raw vodka from an enamel mug. It's Wish You Were Here not The Sound Of Music.
Travel books can easily melt into biography. You get some polaroids of Graham's life. Key events which go some way towards explaining his strategy and decisions. You get a picture of the man. He bares his chest but keeps his privacy.
A good read. Graham smiles and points his way across the continent. I expected the journey, I got a soundtrack too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ogri on 31 Dec. 2013
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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.
Ogri
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 23 Jun. 2012
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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 By You are going WHERE? on 28 May 2012
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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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