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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sam Manicom (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095565730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955657306
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Manicom ...
Motorcycle Traveller & 'Accidental' Author
'One of the best story tellers of adventure in the world today.'
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Sam was born in the Belgian Congo. His parents worked and lived through the two rebellions that preceded the change of this West African country's name to Zaire. They brought the family home to England when he was ten years old.

His first trip was a backpacking seat of the pants voyage of discovery across Europe, India and Australia, which often saw him down to his last $10. On arrival in Australia, no one asked him if he had any money and a return ticket. He had neither. What was needed, he earned along the way and this he says was a great learning experience. "I suspect that without it the journey would have been a far less rich experience. My biggest lessons were attitude and priorities. The three-year trip taught me that the world is an amazing place full of amazing people."

On his return he worked in retail management, with his last shop being in St.Helier on the Channel Island of Jersey.

Wanting to do something completely different, Sam learned to ride a motorcycle and three months later set off to ride the length of Africa. This one-year trip turned into an eight-year epic across 55 countries around the world.

Since 1996 Sam has been writing for Motorcycle Sport and Leisure, Motorcycle Voyager, Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, Adventure Bike Rider, Motorcycle Monthly, The Riders Digest and various other motorcycle magazines and newspapers around the world.

Sam met his partner Birgit in New Zealand in year two of the trip, and she joined him for the latter four years across Africa (again), South, Central and Northern America. She was travelling by bicycle when they met but transferred steeds to ride her own motorcycle, a 1971 BMW R60/5.

His first book, 'Into Africa', was written as a result of readers' letters to editors. 'We like Sam's articles. When's he going to write a book?' Until that time he'd been travelling with just new adventures in mind.

Sam is a keen advocate of motorcycle travel. 'The travel bug bites hard, but motorcycle travel bites deep and doing a long trip by bike is the stuff of dreams. Writing books seemed like a great way to share the fun, the disasters and all the amazing things that happen to you out there.'

Sam's second book is 'Under Asian Skies' - an enthalling and frequently surprising journey across some of the most colourful parts of the world.

This is followed by 'Distant Suns', which takes you riding through Southern Africa. An ever-changing and challenging land. You then travel with Sam and Birgit across to the stunning beauty of South America, before exploring Central America; an area of the world that is often neglected by travel writers.

His latest book is 'Tortillas to Totems' You'll be motorcycling across the dramatic landscapes of Mexico, the USA and Canada. There are plenty of twists in this tale, and lots of opportunities to get sidetracked by the unexpected.

You'll find that Sam's books give you a taste of all the things that go to make an adventure in foreign lands. He says, 'People are the key and they are often the instigators of the best adventures.' Sam will take you delving into the histories and cultures of the lands, and not only does he describe what it's like to be on the road on two wheels but he does so with powerful descriptions and real honesty.

All Sam's books are available for download in Kindle format.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Loader on 29 Sept. 2008
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Under Asian Skies
Under Asian Skies is a very personal memoir of a once in a lifetime, extended trip to a part of the world which evokes welcome images of the exotic, not least since we have just experienced the greyest British `summer' known to modern man. Packed along the way with interesting little nuggets of information, peopled with diverse and often colourful characters, detailing personal challenges and obstacles to be overcome and peppered with insightful social observations, this is a frank and honest account of an adventure which offers much for anyone considering a `gap year' or `career break' vacation, with or without motorcycle.

The author, Sam Manicom, comes across as a compulsively likeable character whose laid-back philosophy is non-discriminatory and dictates that he takes the world at face value. His reaction to the potentially catastrophic incident, where he is sent flying off his beloved bike `Libby' by an idiotic third party, is by any measure astoundingly tolerant. There is also his commendable stoicism in the face of medical setbacks which would have reduced almost anyone else, myself included, to a gibbering wreck! These noble virtues are offset by an indefatigable sense of adventure and not inconsiderable degree of impulsiveness - some might say recklessness - not to mention the unexpectedly mulish stubbornness provoked by encountering a little mild bureaucracy when entering Australia. Most refreshing to me, however, is that he doesn't take himself too seriously, as memorably illustrated in his cheerful description of a gross-out incident on a bus of truly epic proportions. You need to read the book ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Fry on 6 Nov. 2008
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This is the second book of Sam's I've read, the first being "Into Africa"
The insight given into the places travelled to feels very real, as if you are a part of the trip yourself. The journeys (in case you don't already know) are ridden on a motorcycle but the book I feel would be just as enjoyable and interesting to a non motorcyclist.
I thoroughly recommend Sam's books and am really look forward to reading his third "Distant Suns" which has just been published.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.Espresso on 5 Dec. 2010
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This is Sam Manicom's second book, and it continues the round the world Odyssey he set off on that is chronicled in his first book, Into Africa. I'll second the notion mentioned by another reviewer that readers should undertake Sam's books with great caution, as they may infect one with the desire to throw off the binds of modern civilization and set off on an adventure of their own.

This time, we start off in Australia and New Zealand, and while there are some interesting accounts of working on a farm and encounters with highway patrolmen who take themselves a bit too seriously, it's really in the less developed parts of Asia where this book hits its stride. There are plenty of ups and downs across Thailand and Malaysia including a frightening bout of dengue fever. The sections on India are fascinating and you'll find yourself laughing out loud while sympathizing all the same as Sam and Karsten, a German biker with a short fuse he meets on the road, share the unfortunate fate of a weeks-long bureaucratic nightmare in trying to get their motorbikes out of a shipping container in Madras. From India, it's off into Nepal before back to India, into Pakistan, and finally, scoring the golden key in the form of an entry Visa to Iran.

This is not a typical travel book filled with seeing the sights and misfortunes that make for good stories - although those elements are included. What makes Under Asian Skies so fascinating, is that at its heart, it's about people -- written by an author who is obviously in love with the world and its citizens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tillycat on 16 Jan. 2011
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Another riveting and inspiring read... which takes you through many countries once again.
We hear about the interesting characters that Sam meets and the joys and other moments of travelling by bike. It is interesting to read about acknowledgement that we all learn and grow through experiences good and bad.
I would give this book to anyone who enjoys reading about peoples stories. It's not just about travel and motorcycles, it encompasses all of human nature and reminds me that for every bad person out there, there are people who act kindly and enjoy meeting other people.

I savoured every page of 'Under Asian Skies' and like his 1st book I found myself wanting to keep turning the pages on this one....I hope you keep finding more to write about Mr Manicom!

I am now on Sam's 3rd book 'Distant Suns' and Im glad I've got the next book ready for after that one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Wilson on 22 Nov. 2008
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Once again Sam has worked his magic with the written word in this the follow on to his first book, Into Africa, the continuing story is of the experience and not the journey, the people he meets and his interaction with them. He has such a way with the words that he draws you into the pages as if you where along side him and experiencing everything along the way.
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