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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2003
When one experiences tragedy in their life what do they do? Become an alcoholic? throw themselves into their work ? Cry endlessly whilst listening to their loved one's favourite songs? Not this guy, he decided to bike round Africa!
The Book has all the usual twists and turns that you would expect someone would encounter whilst riding round this vast continent. Although what sets it apart from the normal travel adventure book is the manner in which is written, it consistently features "flash backs" where the author remembers his lost wife. It also has an underlying, and subtle, theme of romance.
I would definitely recommend this book, it is easy to read and you cannot fail to connect with the author as he expresses emotions that we all feel from time to time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2000
I have two main hobbies, off road motorcycling and reading, so when I bought RUNNING WITH THE MOON I was on to a winner and knew that I would enjoy it even before I had turned a page. From the tragic prologue to the epilogue after his incredible journey is over this book is a real rollercoaster of emotions (sorry about the cliche). You almost feel like you were there and I wished I could have been to assist him when the bike got bogged down in thigh high water filled jungle tracks, I know from experience what its like to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken down bike. But then again there is a BIG difference between the middle of nowhere in the Yorkshire Dales, and the middle of nowhere in the Congo (no gorillas in Yorkshire). I also wanted to buy him a drink and cheer him up when he was stood up in Cairo, although that did eventually have a happy outcome. Initially I bought this book because of my interest in motorcycles, but non bikers dont be put off, I can heartily recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure. Brilliant.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2009
I loved this book, and its successors 'For A Pagan Song' and 'Silk Dreams, Troubled Road' - they form a great travel trilogy and, I think, should be republished as such. Jonny Bealby is a fluent and intelligent writer who uses imagery, dialogue, narrative, and other tools from the writer's toolbox so skilfully that he brings his journey to life. Also, he is candid about his own motivations and predilections, which makes him an entertaining (armchair) travelling companion.

I have no interest in motorbikes and don't care if I never go to Africa, yet I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For me, I think it was the combination of Jonny Bealby's personal honesty and his excellent writing that made it such a good read. He weaves his emotional and physical journeys together beautifully, drawing the reader along with him. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2008
I picked up this book by chance and was very pleasantly surprised. Jonny Bealby takes a very unique approach to writing a travel book, combining two different journeys with the emphasis on the trip around Africa and the side line story being about his late fiancée.

His choice of language and ability to visually describe the trip put the reader right on the "back seat" of his motorbike. He very well describes his emotions on a somewhat lonely trip, making this book very unique in the travel book world.

The only downside I found was that there are certain parts of the trip left out. Chapters sometimes end in one place with the next continuing miles along the journey, with no reference to the part in between. Maybe these parts were unimportant or uneventful, but given his ability to make even mundane or boring parts of the trip exciting to read about, I'm sure that a few pages would not have gone astray.

I would definitely recommend this book, regardless of whether you are planning a similar trip, are interested in motorbikes or have no travel interest in Africa.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2000
Who hasnt wanted to get away from it all at one time or another? Who has the balls? Well, Jonny does, and he doesnt do things by half. What a guy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2008
I read this book while away on my first motorcycling holiday through France and down to the costa's,and I thought I was on an adventure!
The book is the best travel book i've ever read.I read Jupiters Travels after this book and was disappointed by it in comparison.This is not just a book for motorcyclists,its for anyone who loves life and wants adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this book a lot. After a heartbreaking intoroductory chapter, he embarks on an ambitious journey, made all the more difficult when his friend pulls out so he goes it alone.

Most writers travelling through Africa travel one-way, but he went all the way down and then back up again on the other side - giving the reader insights into twice as many countires, peoples and customs. And it is a great story. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2011
Hi this is the first book review i have written so i will do my best ,firstly i think that i have read almost every motorcycle travel book that is currently available in the uk, and this is one of my personal favourites.The author is a similar age group to myself and i think that i can relate to the challenges that he faced as i travelled worldwide in the early to mid eighties ,as although the trip takes place only about twenty years ago, the technology that we take for granted today was just not available then so the sheer logistics of a trip like this would have been extremely difficult,the book i believe is well written ,honest and keeps you interested right to the very end the only minor critism that i have is the accout of the return journey is a little rushed. thanks for reading ps i have always been an XT fan and used to own a 660
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2010
I was graciously bought this book whilst convalescing after a motorbike accident. It got me through the 6 hour wait in a cold liverpool plastic surgery hospital waiting room, whilst I was waiting for an operation to repair a damaged nerve in my elbow, the hospital had no spare bed for me to wait on, and then onto the next few days, half drunken through morphine drips I completed what is the best book Ive read for a long, long time. Jonny's writing style and ongoing flowing story really is a must read. I have read motorbike journey stories before but this has so much more to offer, the only disappointment was that there is no picture of Mel or Amel to complete the picture of them that's in my head! Thank you Jonny
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 1999
I actually read this book when I was travelling through Africa in 1997 and it was wonderful to relate Jonny's experiences to my own. The book has a tragic beginning where his fiance dies unexpectedly, but this bereavement takes Jonny on a journey though Africa experiencing the pleasures from such a diverse continent and the disasters that befall him also, during which time he is coming to terms with his grief. I could relate to all. The book was inspired with so much emotion, it was almost as if was reading a close friends diary. When I left Africa, I left my book for others to read, and although I sorely regret this, I only hope the next person who read it enjoyed it just as much as I.
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