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Cycling Home From Siberia Paperback – 19 Aug 2010
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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. (Kevin Rushby The Guardian)
Lilwall has a wonderful ability to inspire trust in his readers. (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. (Irish Times)
Not only describes different countries and their peoples, but also delves into the human heart. (Amy Boucher Pye Woman Alive)
A real adventure story (The Baptist 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. 7/10 (Martin Spice Times Educational Supplement)
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This is one of the perils of buying a book by an amateur writer: having an experience and being able to write well about it are two separate things. Reading "One Man And His Bike" by Mike Carter really brought this point home to me: Carter's adventure is a lot more modest (he cycles around Britain), but the engagement you feel as a reader with the people and places he visits is much more tangible.
Overall I enjoyed the opening chapters more than the later ones. Rob's writing style is quite unobtrusive, which I mean as a positive in that some of these epic cycle journey books are so irritating that it's difficult to make it through. It's an easy read that allowed me to daydream about making my own epic bike journey one day.
The pace of this book is good in that it doesn't get bogged down in too much detail yet captures the essential parts of the trip. People are the main focus rather than simply the landscape or road he was travelling along which made it a very personal read. Meeting his wife must have been the icing on the cake for him.
A good read for a person who is into cycling, travelling or culture.