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Cycling Home From Siberia Paperback – 20 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Reprint edition (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034097981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340979815
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 23.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not sure Rob Lilwall knows it, but he has penned a two-wheeled classic. I wanted to rise up singing and strap on my bicycle clips. (The Guardian)

Lilwall has a wonderful ability to inspire trust in his readers ... the book is truly a paean to human hospitality. (The Guardian)

Lilwall's story is a remarkable one...enhanced by the fact that he has a writer's skill for conveying a sense of place. (The Sunday Telegraph)

A rite of passage adventure, full of thrills, excitement and endurance tests (The Irish Times)

Rob Lilwall is such a transparently decent, honest and likeable bloke that it is difficult not to become involved in the highs and lows of his journey...Ever since Odysseus, the traveller has returned home to find himself wiser and more fulfilled than when he departed. Rob Lilwall is no exception. (TES)

It's a real adventure story. (The Baptist Times)

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The gripping adventure story of one man's epic journey back from Siberia to England by bike

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OK, I'm also a committed non-Christian but this book is great. The 'faith' aspects do not detract from what was clearly an epic adventure and in no way spoiled it for me. If anything, I knew about these before starting the book and was releived the author had not over-egged this aspect.

You'll have to look very hard indeed to find someone - believer or non-believer - this adventurous who can also write about it in such an engaging way and on that basis alone, it is an absolutely fantastic book. Buy it, i couldn;t put it down.
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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!
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Rob Lilwall's tale of his 35,000 mile adventure on a bike makes compulsive reading. His descriptions of both the extraordinary things that happened to him together with the fascinating and the so generous people that came to his aid come alive on every page.
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Cycling Home From Siberia is a genuinely exciting and inspirational tale of Rob Lilwall's adventure cycling home to London from the wilds of Siberia.

Packed with fascinitating insights to the places, cultures and people he met along the way, this is a hugely riveting and personal account of his journey.

Hard to put down, I look forward to his next adventure!
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I picked this book up following a review in the Times Educational Supplement. At the time I was teaching geography in a secondary school so had an immediate affinity with Rob Liwall. His drive, sense of adventure and need for more out of life is an inspiration. He will have some stories to tell his grandchildren...so long as they don't read the book first.

Thoroughly recommended.
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This lengthy book about Rob's epic 3 ½ year cycle ride home to London from Siberia -going the long way round via Eastern Asia, Australia & South east Asia - is a really fascinating read. Despite the size of the book, he skims through or misses out a lot of parts of his journey and only concentrates on the most exciting & dangerous parts -Siberia, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Iran, so the book is never boring.
Rob does an excellent job of recreating the tension of the most scary moments of the trip, he really had me on the edge of my seat in parts. I also enjoyed reading about all the interesting people he met along his travels, and although he seemed more concerned in asking them about their religion than about their lives he did still manage to uncover some really interesting points.
Rob doesn't always come across as the most charismatic person, but he's quick to admit his faults, and I trusted him to tell the tales without any boasting or exaggeration. I have to admire his amazing bravery and determination in doing this trip and this book has certainly inspired me.
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absolutely awe-inspiring, phenomenal journey, spiritual main character and he gets the girl... he literally makes you feel that he has the whole world in his hands and freedom to go just about anywhere... I can only recommend this with highest praise. This book could change your life forever if you are still young at heart and brave of spirit
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The book started with such promise, meeting Al in Siberia, and the nothing less than heroic journey through the hideous conditions in that part of the world. Al solving most of the problems that they encountered, Al's strengths making up for the author's weaknesses, to ensure their survival. It amazes me that people with little in the way of self reliance take on adventures like this, and most of them seem to be school teachers!

I should have read the book information though, as when the word spiritual was mentioned I probably wouldn't have bothered to order the book. Once Al leaves the talk of religion becomes more and more. I kept wading through the book for the good bits, and I was determined not to give up, but at page 274 of 348 I finally gave up the will to continue. It was a theological conversation between a christian and a muslim that finally made me realise the book was not for me. It boiled down to whose god was the biggest or best.

If you are not of a religious persuasion like me, you might be able to get through the book if you can accept that when someone prays to a deity and a good thing happened, it happened due to the deity, but when the bad things happened that was nothing to do with a deity.

There were many good parts to the book and the adventure was without doubt tough in places. The romantic parts were a joy to read as were the parts with the French Canadian couple. I am never quite sure about taking food from some of the poorest people though to subsidise your leisure journey though. To moan when someone wants your jacket is a bit off considering the handouts you got on the way around!
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