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Three Men in a Float: Across England at 15 Mph [Paperback]

Dan Kieran , Ian Vince
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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28 May 2009
After planning the entire trip on the back of a beer mat, buying a 1958 decommissioned milk float on eBay and charging its tired batteries, the team set off from Lowestoft to Land's End. On the way, they discovered that their float needed to charge for eight hours for every two hours it spent on the road. Relying on the milk of human kindness, they were at the mercy of strangers every night, sometimes even using other people's cookers just to keep the show on the road.

En route, they were treated to tea and rock cakes by the Vice President of the WI, succeeded in blacking out a Cornish campsite whilst charging their float (now dubbed The Mighty One), stayed with the monks at Buckfast Abbey, where they undertook a vow of silence and, drove five hundred miles to Tintagel, the birth place of King Arthur, only to find it had closed - all in the name of discovering lost England.

You may be thinking: why on earth don't these men drive a car like normal people? But this is no ordinary journey. This is an eccentric odyssey through the English countryside. Three Men in a Float is about all things English and the pleasure to be had if you are prepared to slow down, get out of your car and go off the beaten track.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; [Audio CD] edition (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848540159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848540156
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Such genuine humour behind the story that it makes the venture a success'

(Sunday Telegraph)


(Daily Mail)

'Slow travel and much hilarity result'


'A lovely story'

(Sue Baker, Publishing News)

'Absolutely enchanting and delightfully absurd'

(Good Book Guide)

'Gently amusing'

(Manchester Evening News)

About the Author

Dan Kieran was the editor of the original bestselling Crap trilogy and is currently writing I Fought the Law. He is Deputy Editor of the Idler and has written for many of the nationals. Ian Vince is the author of The Myway Code and Britain: What a State. He has written for Radio 4, Channel 4s Bremner, Bird and Fortune and BBC3s forthcoming comedy sketch show School Run.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Men In A Float 14 Jun 2009
Three Men In A Float is a great read in the old tradition of British travel writing. The journey recounted is not unique by any means, many have travelled a similar route, but none in such a unique fashion, and rarely with such humour and warmth.
Whilst the journey alone makes the book worth reading, the wider issues raised, even if incidental to the story, make the book doubly worthwhile. I highly recommend it to any reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unlikely adventure 28 Dec 2009
What a delightful story. A most unlikely adventure which happened nevertheless. A book to brighten up the dark days and bring a splash of the ridiculous into this stressed-up world. Read and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good. 13 Jan 2010
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I bought this as it was recommended to me, and I have to admit I'm glad I did, although I as a bit sceptical at the beginning of just how intersting could travelling at 15mph across country be? It is original, funny and as it is written from two different points of view it remains fresh and interesting throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 22 Mar 2013
By rainbow
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book lived up to expectations. Its along the lines of Three Men in a Boat but on land. I enjoyed it as I know the areas they travelled through. Quite amazing how they got from one charge to another.
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