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Slow Coast Home: 5,000 miles around the shores of England and Wales [Paperback]

Josie Dew
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6 May 2004

Josie Dew's love of cycling has taken her across the world, travelling everywhere from Japan and Mexico to Iceland, India and Algeria. In her latest book, she sets off on another quirky and riotous ride, choosing to circumnavigate the coastline of the British Isles. And she discovers that her homeland can be as surprising and full of incident as anywhere she has ever been.

Beginning in Portsmouth, Josie sets off in a clockwise direction after a Shetland grandmother warns her that she'll end up meeting the devil if she travels anti-clockwise. Through rain, hail, floods, bitter temperatures, minor earthquakes and dusty drought, Josie pedals on, eventually returning to Land's End to complete Stage One of her remarkably lengthy odyssey along 5,000 miles of seaside, estuaries, creeks and islands.

But is all as it seems? Who is the mysterious builder who appears at all the wrong moments? Who are the two-wheeled taggers-on lurking in her wake? What did she find at Puckpool Point, Bozomzeal and Woon Gumpus? And how did Josie so badly miscalculate her approach to the seafront at Newhaven that she landed in France?

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751531642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751531640
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dew excels at recreating and evoking the quaint and sometimes bizarre idiosyncratic behaviour and events she encounters (- Adventure Travel)

Josie Dew needs little introduction...her writing is chattery and matter of fact (Cycling Plus)

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* The popular cyclist, Josie Dew, cycles the perimeter of England and Wales and shares her unique and entertaining perspective of the Coast and its people in the perpetual adventure of her life on wheels.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read 18 May 2004
By A Customer
I eagerly awaited this book, having all Josie Dew's previous cycling books. However, I was disappointed from reading this book to find that Josie does not actually appear to enjoy meeting or cycling with her reading public. To justify a rapid exit from the various people she meets on the grounds that they might turn out to be a mass murderer is simply ridiculous. What a shame she feels this way, given she has inspired so many people to take up long distance cycle touring, myself included. If I ever do see her I shall make a point of not recognising her or wanting to ride alongside!
This book is a bit jaded and repetitive and doesn't have the sparkle of her earlier books. Sounds like Josie needs a long rest from the saddle.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I threw it in a corner, unfinished. 9 Dec 2008
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Originally a fan of Josie's other books I had read Wind (twice), Strange State, Sun in my Eyes, and Neon Sun, enjoying her experiences even though I had limited knowledge of the far-flung places she travelled through. It was with great eagerness then that I bought Slow Coast, a book finally on ground that I had more experience of. Unfortunately after her many comments regarding four-wheel drives, tin boxes on wheels, and many other (sometimes derogatory) names for other vehicles/motorists on the road, I finally had enough (by page 183 if your reading this Josie) and went to find a book on cycling to read instead.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Having read Wind in my Wheels I was really looking forward to a home based book which just might inspire me to 'get on my bike'.
Unfortunately there was little in the book to inspire. Josie has tried too hard to make a basically unexciting ride around England & Wales seem exciting and funny by padding it out with her vivid, but rather silly, imagination (read about the 'terrorist's bag left on the pavement in the Isle of Wight to see what I mean.) In a further attempt to make the ordinary interesting she gives the impression that Britain is populated by people who are either weird, unpleasant or talk too much.
My advice is don't waste your money or your precious reading time. For real richness in travel literature try Dervla Murphy -superb!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge Disappointment - Stick to trips abroad! 26 Aug 2011
As a fellow cyclist, I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Josie's adventures in some of the more far-flung parts of the world. I was impressed by the way she approached her expeditions with open eyes and an open mind, and painted a wonderful and evocative picture of the places and people she encountered.
Hoewever, writing travel books about places that are new to you is one thing, writing about places that are mundane and familiar to you is altogether more difficult.
It requires you to set aside your pre-conceptions and prejudices, start with a clean slate and a clear head, and try to put yourself into the shoes of someone visiting a place for the first time. Sadly, Josie has shown herself to be incapable of rising to this challenge.
The reader finds uncharacteristic moodiness and introspection, page after page of whingeing about the weather (in contrast to the light-hearted treatment of being caught in a cyclone in Japan in an earlier book), paranoia about the intentions of virtually everyone she met (Mugger? Murderer? Rapist?), and none of the vivid descriptions of the people and places encountered that characterised hear earlier books.
In fact, the overwhelming impression is of an author who doesn't really want to be making this journey, or writing this book. Maybe a contractual obligation very grudgingly fulfilled?
I'd hate to think that people would be deterred from visiting Britain and its wonderful and varied coastline on the strength of this mean-spirited effort. I'd recommend Paul Theroux's "The Kingdom by the Sea" or Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island" for a truer reflection of the country.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Coasting 2 Feb 2005
By A Customer
I found this a very disappointing book.The author seemed to be pre-occupied with other matters, and spending time avoiding her fans and other members of the male fraternity.The book seemed more and more an effort.I didn't enjoy this book at all and would suggest that Josie concentrated in her cycling rather than her writing if this was anything to go by.Its the first of the authors books I have read,so perhaps I am being too critical,but I think it deserved more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 April 2011
By Mandy
How can someone who relies on the public to purchase her books be so condescending to the same people. Her treatment of the fan who wished to bike with her her was disgusting. She should be embracing her fans not mocking them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coast and coast 30 Sep 2012
By Cheviot
This is my first "Josie Drew" and I read it because Id just Finished Mike Carter's book, "One Man on a Bike" about his ride round the coasts of England, Wales (and Scotland). A number of reviewers commented that they had read her other books and this one was not a good one to start on.

Id add to that advice that following up Mike Carter with this is not a good idea. The contrasts between the two books are many but Id sum up by saying I didn't want Mike's trip to finish, while Josie could have stayed at home "signing". I'm really sorry her celebrity seems such a burden to her. Perhaps this is why her overseas books are much better? Ill give one a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull. Very very dull 10 Sep 2012
By Nick B
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I hadn't read any of Josie Dews books before and downloaded this one onto my kindle prior to setting off to cycle to Australia. I thought it would be at least a little inspirational. However, a Bill Bryson she certainly ain't.An Eric Newby she never will be. It is written like a 4th former writing the standard 'what I did in the summer hols' format. Lots of padding. Lots of unfunny quips. Lots of allusions to how young she looks and how many people she meets who've read about her and admire her.
I think she needs to stick to the peddling and get a good ghostwriter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like The Wind In My Wheels. Its Great
Published 2 months ago by D. I. Tullett
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
Published 5 months ago by bub
4.0 out of 5 stars A differenent angle on familiar places
I really enjoyed this book. Unlike Wind in my Wheels where each adventure is over before it's begun, this book has time and space to get into a bit more detail on our home turf. Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by Man on Brompton
4.0 out of 5 stars Once you've been everywhere...
I did find the book a little less inspiring than previous writings. The fact of travelling at home, having had "interesting" trips abroad, is a bit of a let-down. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Norm D Plume
1.0 out of 5 stars A cyclist who doesn't like people??
Josie's derogatory remarks about the people she met put me off every buying another book of hers. i was really disapointed she came across as egoistic and arrogant. Read more
Published on 22 May 2011 by Mrs. Ann Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, informative & amusing
I was disappointed that Josie's latest book was only about cycling around the English coastline because I would prefer to read about somewhere a bit more exotic than that. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by Chelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Josie never ceases to amaze!
Josie never ceases to lift me from the page onto the crossbar of her bicycle, as it were,(albeit without having to endure the rain or snow etc.). Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by Donald
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, don't read this one first
This was my third Josie book and eagerly read it as I prepared for a Lands End John O'Groats trip. Oh dear. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by wilderlass
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth RRP £10.99
I had just read 'Cycling Home from Siberia' which I would give 10/10 for a fully entertaining book that its hard to put down. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2009 by Cumbrian Gnasher
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