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Cycling to the Ashes: A Cricketing Odyssey From London to Brisbane by [Broom, Oli]
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"Oli Broom loves cricket so much he cycled from Lord's to Sydney to watch the Ashes. His book is rather marvellous" (Stephen Fry)

"Much more than a world cycle tour ... brilliant" (All Out Cricket)

"An epic adventure" (Bear Grylls)

"I think it's pathetic he isn't cycling home again" (Ian Botham)

"Completely potty" (Aggers)

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An epic roadtrip from London to Australia by bike - all for the love of cricket.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8421 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPR6H44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's taken me a little over 48 hours to read this new book - absolutely brilliant and could not put it down.

There is lots of cricket chat as you'd expect (i learnt a lot of incredibly intersting things as a non-cricketer) but what had me hooked was the experiences the writer went through, the amazing people he met along the way, the humility he shows throughout his journey and his un-rivalled perseverance.

Not just for cricket and travel lovers - everyone should read this book!!
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I loved this book. Oli's journey on two wheels from London to Brisbane is clearly complete madness but he writes about it brilliantly. He has a great sense of humour about the bizarre places and situations he finds himself in and this is balanced with a very honest, open account of what it takes to complete such a journey. It makes you realise that it isn't simply about the amazing places you see or the struggle to get to them but about the kindness of the people you meet on the way. I loved the cricketing anecdotes and tales of the wonderful characters he met on the way - you will laugh and cry, Oli seems to do a lot of both! I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone who loves adventure, cricket or cycling - or all three!
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A hell of an adventure this guy went on - I feel like jacking in the day job and doing the same, although I'm not sure I'd get beyond the cricket folk of Serbia. Vladimir and Slobodan sound like hilarious characters and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to tear myself away from them.

A cracking read Oli Broom has give us here. I thought it was going to be full of match reports and cricketing statistics but it wasn't at all and is all the better for it. The (often cricketing) characters Oli met on his way in places like Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Sudan, Indonesia and Australia give the narrative some spice and there were clearly times when the author (or rider as he was at the time) felt like giving up, but good on him, he didn't and we, the readers, are the ones who benefit.

The India chapter is a real highlight. He brings the country to life in a charming way and I'll definitely be looking out for his writing elsewhere. Recommend it highly.
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I usually like this sort of book, but didn't finish this one. Perhaps it is because the author starts the book by telling you he didn't make it to Brisbane on his bike, which means you are starting the book knowing how it will finish. The accounts of meeting people and dealing with problems en route are fairly standard stuff, but could do in some instances with clearer explanations; for example, when attacked by wild dogs, the account builds up and then peters out - just how close did he come to being mauled and did he have to fight them off or did they just run away when he waved an object at them? It isn't clear, and much of the narrative is like that. In the end the book just wasn't gripping me enough to make me want to go the whole journey (or as far as he got into the journey) with him. Perhaps if he had made it all the way, and I knew that at the beginning, it would have been worthwhile persevering further?
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If you like cycling, cricket, and travelling then I would heartily recommend this book by Oli Broom. However, if you only like one of the three then I would still warmly endorse this book. What I liked about the book is that the author is not rushing to and fro to complete his journey. It's not a race against the clock type of book. Not does the author make any claims to be a great cyclist. I would imagine however that after completing the journey from London to Brisbane he would certainly know a great deal about long haul pedalling. I particularly liked the way Oli Broom relates his encounters with people. The heart warms when complete strangers in country after country offer food, shelter and friendship. Cricket is played along the way in all weathers and in the most unlikely of locations. The significance of the book for me is that ordinary folk have a goodness which cannot be diminished by the forces applied to them by their circumstances whatever they may be. I will read this book again and again especially when I want to have my faith restored in humanity.
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I don't normally read books like this but I was absolutely enthralled by this book concerning the author recounting his bike ride from London - Lords Cricket Ground to Australia to see England play the Aussies. The descriptive writing and the tales of his encounters on the way of playing cricket in some weird and wonderful places in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Thailand and Australia plus assorted places in between you really felt that you were on the road/desert/mountain pass etc with him. The numerous friends he acquired on route the assistance he received from complete strangers all without any knowledge of their language or dialect. I've read this book on kindle and purchased this copy for a cricketing buff who lives locally but originally from the Indian subcontinent. I hope he enjoys it as much as I did and then passes it on to his three sons who also have played cricket.
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I am not interested in cricket so I read this book because I enjoy travel writing and as such I found it interesting , entertaining and well written.I just skipped the cricket bits of which there were quite a few but still a good read.
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