A real down to earth piece of writing with real world use of language, all the emotions and "warts and all" included in the recalling of riding America and Canada. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, one I will definitely read again.
I have read all 3 of Graham's books and throughly enjoyed all of them, I love his writing style, his humour and his truthfulness. For me Different Natures is his best book yet, it's easy reading, entertaining and interesting. I eagerly await book number 4 :-)
Three journeys. Three countries. Three bikes. Three phases. Graham shows us a little more of his developing wanderlust over more than a decade of riding in America. His writing skills continue to sharpen with good storytelling punctuated with superbly crafted episodes painted with emotions we all recognise. The departure from Big Sur I had to read twice! The occasional soul baring found in his other books continues but Graham skilfully retains his privacy with fleeting, cloudy glimpses of his deeper secrets. He expresses distain and admiration of people and places with an appealingly brutal honesty which most of us would keep to ourselves. The humour is a constant. Whether directed at himself or others it is well observed and adds spice to the tale. Those who can call Graham a friend must be patient folk, but they are are also lucky. Graham has realised that he has a particular story to share. Luckily for us he has the skills to tell it.
... Oh! It's about riding a bike in America. The road is full of surprises!
I kept putting this book down.Why ? do l hear you say..Well l thought the greatest accolade of a book would be "l couldn't put it down" But not in Grahams latest book,Different Natures. You see he is so good painting pictures in my mind (like a Hippy Biker Rembrandt) l have to put the book down ,pick up the smart phone and Google something he has seen or said. A Yamaha Venture ,A town called Chicken in Alaska ,A State prison in Chowchilla California, Big Bend Nation Park, See where lm going? Its not just a book ,its an eduction ,an adventure, I short an insight to what l probably will never see. I read all the time ,and this book has taken a very long time to read, But l have been educated ,l have seen things ,and above all l have been on his trip. I love all his work and to be honest l thought this may be a miss mash of some early and later trips. But it is not.May be his best yet.As usual he takes you on his journey ,which l love because its real feelings and real life. I do know Graham now as l am also a biker and see him at the Adventure bike type do`s, No Bull, he is a really nice genuine bloke ,doing his thing on a bike that lots of rich bikers would sneer at. If you buy this book you shouldn't be disappointed .