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Bonjour! Is this Italy? - A Hapless Biker's Guide to Europe by [Turner, Kevin]
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As the author Kevin Turner admits at the beginning of this soft-bound book, he should never have tried to make his living as a Financial Journalist. I can't comment on his skills in analysing the markets etc., but I can on his skill as a writer of a witty, humorous travel log and that is brilliant! From the beginning Turner had me smiling as he detailed his demise from the aforementioned job, which almost forced him to get on his motorbike and ride through Europe in search of the 'beautiful Nina'. No it is not a story about romance, or for that matter a carefully planned detailed trip round Europe in search of himself, or the meaning of life, more a spur of the moment trip that results in a many incidents and tales, which the aforementioned planning would have easily eliminated. Nor is it a trip involving a purpose built or adapted adventure bike, but a mundane Suzuki SV 650 with luggage and tent strapped across it. As a result it is easy to empathise with the author on many levels. It is basically a book about the challenges faced by a lone motorcyclist on his journey through Europe. He charts his route south across France, crossing the Alps into Italy, and onto Rome, before returning via Germany and the treacherous Nürburgring circuit. It is not overly motorbike orientated, but you can still find some valuable advice if you are considering a similar journey with advice on scenic routes, where to stay, and what to see etc. Also some of the comic anecdotes illustrate what not to do when lost on a motorbike in Europe hence the title. Published by Veloce it is well laid out and contains numerous photographs illustrating the story and route throughout its 144 pages, along with a lot of laughs. Well worth adding to the reading list, especially if you are unhappy with your job and fancy a break, or just a good laugh making it well worth the £12.99 cover. --inter-bike.co.uk

'From the first page to the last, this book gripped me… A highly recommended book that will keep you gripped this summer on the beach or a long haul flight.' --Burton Mail

Here at Visordown HQ we're bombarded with (well, we get one or two a year -Ed) stories from budding writers who've just returned from their once-in·a-lifetime adventure. Usually to far flung destinations like The Alps, or, if they're really intrepid; Norway. Now although these adventures are clearly enough to inspire the adventurer to put pen to paper, usually the result is a bland what-I-did-on-my- holidays monologue that makes you realise that cramming yourself onto a tube train everyday and sitting in an office full of boring [people] is probably a better reality than the adventure you've always promised. Not this book. Bonjour! Is This Italy Is based around one of life's biggest cliches: man in dull job seeks to escape the reailty of life and find enlightenment and adventure abroad. Author Kevin Turner, a former financial journalist, pens this witty and self-deprecating tale of mishap, confusion and a girl. There's always a girl. Save yourself the inevitable loneliness, mind-numbing boredom and piles that are often part and parcel of a cross-continent 'adventure' and adopt Kevin's adventure instead. --Visor Down

Finally available in the U.S. (released today, June 29, 2012) is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Bonjour! Is This Italy? by Kevin Turner was first released in the UK in May of 2012 to wide acclaim. It's basically the (very funn) story of a British slacker who lost his job and decided on pretty much a whim to tour Europe. But this isn't your typical dry, "do this, do that" touring guide by someone obsessed with covering all the details. Kevin Turner is like the rest of us (some of us, anyway) -- that is, unprepared, a bit foolish, highly optimistic and with a great sense of humor. --webbikeworld.com

Review An --motorbikesearchengine.co.uk

If you like a dash of fun and hilarity with your travel, this is one for you ... It is an entertaining, nay gripping, tale which paints a wonderful picture of not only discovering part of Europe but becoming absorbed in the discovery. The best compliment I can pay Kevin is to say that the next time he and the bike head off, I want to go with them! --Shropshire Magazine

About the Author

Since passing his motorbike test nearly ten years ago, Kevin Turner has ridden far and wide across the UK and Europe, writing about his experiences for various websites and publications, including the industry-leading Motorcycle News. Past trips have taken Kevin from the Alps to the Pyrenees, from Rome to the beaches of Normandy... although most conclude with a few laps of the Nurburgring, to which he is hopelessly addicted. A professional journalist, Kevin also writes regular review features, covering motorcycles, equipment, events, and kit. A spirit of adventure (and occasional recklessness), coupled with much self-deprecating humour, pervades his writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9506 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (13 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUBKBZC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I finished this book in a little over a day and thoroughly enjoyed it.

You do not need to be a biker to enjoy this book. So well written and humerous ("You can be my wing man anytime"), love it.

My only disapointment was that the author did not travel further so there would be more book to read.

Another added bonus is the book is really well illustrated. You really do feel like you were riding along side the author, experiencing the trials and tribulations along the way.

Highly recommended.
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A young man's journal of his month long holiday from the UK to continental Europe aboard his Suzuki 650.
Despite my enthusiasm for books and travels of this nature I was disappointed with Kevin's account of his unremarkable trip. Much of the writing is research blurb about places visited, it feels like padding to bulk up the word count to make it worthy of a book as opposed to an article. I found the quantity of racing information about tracks rather tedious. A spirited attempt to describe the joys of motorcycling was clinical in the extreme.
Binding is poor quality so the book will not hold together long; and arguably will not need to.
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Just finished reading this book and whilst I haven't read many travel books it knocks the socks off anything Bill Bryson has done.

I've only travelled a bit and the closest I've come to a motorbike is nearly being run over by one when I was young but the author is adept is explaining things in laymans terms so you don't get lost/bored with technical details of either bikes/motorsport or Europe/travel.

He has a superb writing style with great, short, snappy paragraphs and the book is littered with funny anecdotes which really put you in the picture and which you can relate to. His passion for motorsport and travel really shines though but (as I've mentioned above) you don't need to be overly knowledgale in either to follow this great road trip.

This was recommended to me and I would recommend this to you also.

A real page Turner !
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I have a sneaking suspicion all these 4/5 star reviewers who paint an amazing picture of how hilarious this book is, are actually relatives/friends/publishers of the author Kevin Turner.

I am also convinced Kevin Turner's a genius. He managed to ride through France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium and avoided talking to ANYONE (excluding a girl named Nina who he already knows) - an introvert at his finest. People create drama and emotion. If you don't meet anyone, you're writing a dead book - which is what happened here.

A lack of drama creates a lack of pages. Kevin Turner bulked 'Bonjour! Is this Italy?' up with the usual methods. Big pictures to cover up at least half a page on almost every page and the worst of all, road directions. Not casual road directions, extremely specific road directions. This is a direct quote from the book, "[...] turn right and follow the road for about a kilometre until you reach the above-mentioned T-junction. This time, turn right and almost immediately you'll come to another T-junction where you'll turn left (go right for the famous petrol station that sells all manner of 'Ring memorabilia, including pasta!). Having turned left onto the main road, follow it for about three quarters of a mile (1.2km) before taking the first exit on the left (signposted Hohe Acht - if you're staying at the Berghotel you'll be going this way anyway). After about half a mile (0.8km), pull on to the unpaved car park on your right and [...]". There's so much ridiculously specific road directions in this book you won't even need to bother taking a Europe road atlas with you on holiday. Just take this.

I've given one star because the book description/blurb tries to describe this book as some kind of whacky, fuelled adventure involving loads of crazy situations. All of which aren't in 'Bonjour! Is this Italy? - A Hapless Biker's Guide to Europe'.
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A good easy to read book, well written if not without flaws.Personal pics too which give the book a bit more gravitas.(Why though the pic of Rich and Tracey but no mention of them in the book?) The book should be called "A hapless bikers tale" rather than 'guide' to Europe as guide it is not. The author much likes motor racing which is fine, but why not include the Moto Guzzi or Ducati factory whilst in Northern Italy - after it is motorcycle trip. Overall though an enjoyable book which I would recommend to others and might even end up doing some of the routes myself .
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Brilliant book I liked it and has made me think about getting out on by bike and doing a adventure, informative and funny, and it also goes to prove you do not need to spend a fortune on a fancy bike and equipment, just go out there and do it. I can recommend it for anybody thinking about a bike trip of there own.
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Great! no real planning, no back up team, no big adventure bike, no sat-nav, just a guy on tour with his everyday bike...and it's the same bike as mine! Well written, engaging and shows us all that we can just get up and do it.
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I have read many books of bike trips covering all the globe but not many have covered Europe as this one does. I would have been happier with a little more text for my money even if it was at the expense of some of the photographs, but it was still an enjoyable read with some good ideas for a trip. If you are planning a trip into Europe and want some ideas for where to go and what to see you could do worse than read this first.
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