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Just A Little Run Around The World Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jul 2010
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Rosie Swales is a one off. She's got guts and a taste for adventure. When you read her books, you travel with her and share some of the experiences vicariously. Instead of sitting on your sofa whiling your life away, be inspired by what this remarkable lady has achieved. I loved these stories and thank her for sharing them with us ordinary mortals!
A few days ago, I was chatting to my daughters (now 9 and 7) about Rosie's run around the world, we looked on YouTube for the film of her arriving home and then I discovered that all her articles and emails had been turned into a book. I downloaded it onto my kindle 30 seconds later!
Rosie has away of writing that fires the imagination, I could see the wolves of Siberia and the men in red and yellow shirts. The scenery hung around in my dreams after I'd finally dropped off, unable to put the book down as my eyes forced themselves closed.
I loved 'meeting' all the people towards whom Rosie feels so much gratitude for all that they did for her. The careful planning of her family and friends to ensure she had what she needed, when she needed; new shoes, equipment for new seasons etc...
And I was able to see, through her own words, what Rosie couldn't. WHY all these people wanted to help her, Rosie's unfailing belief in humanity, her open heart and her utter lack of cynicism. Rosie sees each individual for what they are, a person with their own needs which she would love to fulfil.
This is a book beautifully written from her heart; she has no pretensions but an amazing internal peace as well as a compelling way of showing us, through words, what a beautiful and incredible world we live in.
I nearly didn't get far with this book as the first chapter dealing with Rosie's husband's death was quite sad.
But once she was on the road, the story got compulsive.
I've read a few of these "journey" books and what always stands out to me is the kindness of the human race. There's no way Rosie would have survived without the help of the (extra)ordinary people she met along the way. There were a few times when I had a bit of a tear in my eye.
We've been watching Ice Road Truckers recently and I keep imagining Rosie, in her little tent by the side of the road.
I've been trying to find some photos, but her website is more about what she's doing nowadays. It would be nice to see the trip blog.