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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling, evocative and entertaining journey., 25 Jun 2000
This review is from: Johnny Ginger's Last Ride (Paperback)
This tale is not your usual boastful account of personal triumphs frequently discovered in travel writing. Instead it is a thought-provoking and self-effacing story told with great humour and sensitivity. Historical, political and religious backgrounds are subtley interwoven into a compelling journey of an ordinary English man determined to succeed in an extraordinary task of cycling from his sleepy home village of Swanbourne across half the world to Swanbourne in Western Australia. Tom Fremantle not only innervates the portrayal of the many characters he meets along the way with lively and insightful prose, he also vitalises his long-gone but inspirational sea-faring ancestors. The reader cannot fail but to become involved with Tom Fremantle's inevitable highs and lows, be that in sharing the glorious views from a shepherd's bothy in Nuristan, or the adrenalin-inducing encounter with dubious Iranian police. Although I was rooting for the author to reach his destination I was reluctant to part company with a man who had become such an affable travelling companion. A highly recommended read for either those who are happy never to venture further than their local pub, or those who have an adventurous travel agenda of their own.
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