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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu Enterprises, UK Ltd (5 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409203018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409203018
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a true account of an incredible journey across the world and back, driving a Land Rover. The year is 1957, and the intrepid Eric Edis had planned an expedition, on scraps of paper, during his long spell in a hospital bed.

However, not wanting to follow in the footsteps of others, Eric decides to follow his long-term dream and do something that had never been done before; he is going to drive from London to Australia....and back again.

After bringing together a team from mixed backgrounds and both sexes, he sets off with the most basic equipment on his massive adventure behind the wheel of the old vehicle, which was once used for the delivery of vegetables. But there is one thing he can't plan for in advance. Entry to the famous Burma/Ledo Road .... Burma at this time was in the grip of conflict. Its borders with India had been closed since the end of World War II and they would not grant land-travel visas to anyone, citing that it was just too dangerous. Eric decides to cross that bridge when he comes to it, twice to be precise! How do his team get through Burma? Well, on a wing and a prayer mostly, and with a slightly illegal manoeuvre that would make James Bond proud!

Follow Eric and the team through problem after problem, adventure after adventure, from civilized Indian tea to being hauled from a swamp by an elephant. Dragged from a river by a Bren gun carrier and saved by the Mujaheddin from the frozen hell of an Afghan winter.
And remember, these were the days before GPS, SATNAV, mobile phones, and any of the modern technological aids we take for granted today. All Eric had in Burma was a sketch map and sheer, cussed, unwavering determination.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Irene on 12 Feb 2009
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Eric Edis, a remarkable man who overcame all the bureaucracy, floods, dense forests, arid deserts, blizzards, obstacles both man made and natural in order to achieve his ambition of being the first to drive to Australia and back. A trip of 40,000 gruelling miles, in a British Land Rover.

Unable to put this book down you are taken along with Eric and his party on a trip only Indiana Jones would have attempted. You are not burdened down with side issues of exploring each characters life but you do experience, as much as is possible within a book, of what the next mile brings, what the characters suffer as a result of their exertions, the pure frustration endured from small time bureaucrats and the guile with which Eric outwits them. This book has all the framework of a first class action adventure movie. True British grit. And this was back in 1957 before mobile phones, GPS and even a decent map.

It's a true story, the `characters' are real people, and the journey was something else.

Irene & Brian from Kent
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bis on 17 Sep 2009
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Eric's account of his journey is inspiring and fascinating. The computer age has rendered the pioneering spirit of today's young people more or less obsolete. When Eric made his epic journey in the late '50's, he was travelling through hostile areas which even the military avoided. No-one had made this overland journey before, and everyone said it was impossible. Without Eric's tenacity and absolute refusal to accept 'no' as an answer from border officials, this journey would have been over very quickly.

I wish the photos were a little clearer, but the book is well-written so the mind creates its own images.

I am delighted to have read this book as it epitomises the kind of character which made Britain what it was before the arrival of the Nanny State.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Horsfield on 21 Aug 2010
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Absolutely brilliant!
It is written in such a matter of fact way, possibly because it was written from Eric's diaries, that it massively understates the decisions and challenges made. This escualtes your own imagination as you read it as you draw your own assumptions on how they must have been feeling.

A great demonstrataion of a "can do" approach.

I am glad Eric decided the write the book eventualy.

Many thanks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. Woolnough on 18 April 2010
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Eric's journey overland all the way to Australia is a must read. Telling the story of a mans courage and adventure with detailed events of how he copes in unbearable situations, i was unable to put it down.

Feeling like you are a part of the story makes the read all the more gripping. Travelling along in a Land Rover, all weather conditions, across different terrain, jungles and across rivers Eric's party overcame obstacles and possible life threatening conditions to complete the journey of a life time.

Overall a brilliant book. I would recommend to anybody..... when is the next one Eric??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. V. Edis on 20 Oct 2012
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The 55th Anniversary of the Edis
Far Eastern Overland Expedition

This real life action adventure is a true story set in the austere days of the 1950s, when I set off on a seemingly impossible journey, to drive across the world to Australia and back, in an old Land Rover that had seen better days peddling vegetables in the north of England. The foreign office, in all their wisdom, `quoting the Burma factor' advised, the journey was not possible and could not succeed.

Burma at that time was in the grip of conflict. Its land borders with India had been closed to outsiders since the end of World War II and they would not grant overland travel visas, to anyone, to enter the renowned Ledo/Stilwell Road, therefore, making it virtually impossible to pass through that country, to reach Singapore.

For many years the Burma problem has frustrated expeditions from around the world from even attempting this improbable journey; but when the story unfolded that a shoestring expedition had audaciously and illegally crossed into Burma, not once, but twice, which, hitherto, had never been accomplished before, it was understandable why they came knocking to enquire how we had successfully overcome this insurmountable problem. I was not, however, prepared to share that information, only quote that famous motto. `Who Dares Wins'. Although, foolhardy and risky, the actual event was more like a film script, with a James Bond flavour.

From the dust of the great Nullarbor, to the monsoonal rain forests of Southeast Asia, to the snow fields of Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey was a relentless struggle for survival. The harshness of the journey took its toll and many did not have the will or stamina to continue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mats Nilson on 26 Mar 2010
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Having read this amazing story in one go, unable to put it down even briefly, I look out into my yard on my 2009 top-spec Land Rover Discovery and can but shake my head.. How could anyone in the late 50's even contemplate driving an already battered Land Rover overland all the way to Australia - and back!? Well, Eric Edis did, and this is his story.

This is, then, the captivating story of how Eric Edis in the company of a more or less carefully selected group of youngsters manages to turn the impossible into succes, through gruelling hardships that it takes reading the book to even begin to understand. But the book is so well written and rich in detail, that you feel you are there, pushing through mud alongside the team. A feat such as this could not have been achieved without the most amazing cunning, endless British pluck, and a stamina that defies belief! The book is very well written and both entertaining and thrilling. It also offers many interesting insights into the countries through which they travel.

I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in adventure and exploration!
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