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Cycling Home from Siberia
Cycling Home from Siberia
by Rob Lilwall
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will put a big smile on your face, 31 Dec 2009
Rob Lilwall's open and upbeat attitude shines through his writing and makes this an uplifting read. The passage through Siberian winter is truly an heroic feat- cycling through -40c conditions in one of the harshest landscapes on earth is a pretty wonderful thing to have achieved and the reading of it makes the reader aware of possibilities unthought of. Also the section with Rob battling through the jungles and along the beaches of New Guinea is outrageous and certainly his adventure lives up to his own English-explorer standards of 'ridiculousness' and 'epic-ness'. There are many funny moments and I whipped through this book in a couple of days it is such fun. Totally disagree with other comments about religion being annoying- I am not religious and am not at all bothered by Rob's expressions of his faith at various points. Indeed it ties the book together and provides the tale's spiritual core. A book that will make you want to get up and do something huge yourself. Buy it!

A Fortunate Life
A Fortunate Life
by Paddy Ashdown
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Substance over style, 16 May 2009
This review is from: A Fortunate Life (Hardcover)
Paddy's latest draws you in from the off with its strong narrative pull and the author's infectious enthusiasm and get-up-and-go attitude to life that springs through the pages. It is a book full of anecdotes by turns amusing and gripping- tales of derring-do and bravery in South-East Asia and entertaining accounts of life as an aspiring parlimentarian are recounted in an offhand and easy manner that beguiles the reader. Interestingly, the section of the book that describes the battle to win his parlimentary seat is where his writing really starts to develop a natural flow. His enthusiasm for the topic is reflected in some truly engaging and fluid prose that is a pleasure to read.
The book is engaging and compelling almost throughout, but this is mainly due to the fact that the author has led such a varied and fascinating life, and not due to his writing style, which can occasionally clunk a little. This is not a major issue however, and there are real flashes of wisdom in here that spark off enthusiasm in the mind and inspire the reader. This is not a political memoir and should be read by a wider group than those who might usually go out and buy a book by a politician. Definitely Recommended Reading.

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