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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 April 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1846488729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846488726
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 4.1 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,937,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Somewhere between Jilly Cooper and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Rosie Swale-Pope is an archetypal British survivor, the sort of woman to break both legs, think, “Bugger this”, and carry on marching.’ Sunday Times

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About the Author

Rosie Swale Pope took up marathon running when she was 48 and has run across Cuba and Romania and even done the gruelling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara. In the 1970s she sailed to Australia and back with her husband and young daughter, giving birth to her son on board. When she is not on her adventures, Rosie lives in Tenby, Wales. She was awarded an MBE in 2009 for bravery and services to charity.

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Format: Paperback
ROSIE SWALE POPE's remarkable achievement is admirable.

The fundamental purpose of Rosie's trip, together with her almost incredible endurance, an eternal optimism, and her own unswerving faith in the goodness of all and everything - human, animal and spiritual - keeps her going. As it does the reader too, actually.

But what a disappointing effort has been presented us by the publisher. Rosie's trip ended in late-August 2008; her story is published just the following May - and it shows. The proof-reading is excruciating; the editing shameful: could she not have been advised professionally to ease up a little on the Thank you everyones and persuaded to include more practical interest and detail?

And where are the MAPS? For goodness' sake: this is essentially a TRAVEL account!

Let us hope the title wins a reprint. A considered reprint.

Verdict: Five out of five for Rosie; one out of five the publisher.
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This is a brilliant story of how determination can get you what you want, but mostly of just how wonderfully kind people are all around the world. This story really inspired me with the idea that we are all one people on this Earth despite our differing circumstances. We all
suffer the same diseases and in particular Cancer is a world-wide issue. All around the the world people are battling and surviving and so many of these still have the compassion to help a stranger. You will enjoy and be moved by this charming and passionate book.
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There is no doubt that this is an amazing feat of human endurance but I was completely non-plussed by the book. The travelogue extends from gushing accounts of the banal to... well absolutely nothing for thousands of miles. We know nothing of this woman from reading the book apart from a dogged determination to put one foot in front of the other, endlessly. She seems to have no observation skills at all, no thoughts worth recording (apparently) and even less to comment on. Who is Rosie? I have no idea. WHo advised her to write this? They need shooting. An amazing journey over five years covering thousands of miles of inhospitable terrain, battling ferocious elements and encountering isolated peoples living on the edge of survival and the book is about the length of an average pamphlet! This is woeful.
I'm left with so many questions. Is Rosie courageous or selfish? Brave or reckless? Where are the stories of the many people who selflessly made this journey possible? How DO you get a pair of running shoes to such remote places with such amazing timing and how was that done? And why am I not informed? I could write more about a jog around the local park - infact this review might be almost as long as the book. Save your money. There is no insight here and the prose and editing are appalling. Sadly you will probably end up irritated by this remarkable woman rather than admiring her!!

Additional: I think the problem with the positive reviews of the book is that they focus on her physical achievement and not the book as a literary work. This is supposed to be a BOOK review and not a review of Rosie Swale Pope. As I have said, her achievement in the journey was remarkable but the book is just remarkably bad.
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I dont normally put reviews on, but this is an exception to the rule!

I read a clip of this book in Runnersworld and had to buy it. Rosie is without doubt one of the most inspirational people I have ever heard about, and has spurred me into running again. I could not put it down it was that good!

The hardships she shared, but more importantly the friends she made were awe inspiring.

She really must be made a Dame and nothing less!

Thank you Rosie.
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I must confess to thinking that perhaps Rosie Swales is just a little bit bonkers! In the nicest possible way; it's her eccentricity which makes her engaging and she certainly pushes boundaries and challenges many perceptions. I have the greatest admiration for everything she's achieved; what a way to live your life! Who would think of trekking down the Andes as a lone female traveller, on a donkey? I read her book about that adventure some years ago and I was delighted to find this book about more recent adventures.

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!
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I followed Rosie's travels in the media and remember the day she completed her 5 year run. Her story is sad - losing her dear husband - but inspirational and I'm full of awe and admiration for her tenacity.

However, with the exception of the first chapter, this book is dire; one of the worst travelogues I have ever read. Rosie's editor and publisher should have been sacked for allowing the story of this tremendous journey to be told in such poor prose. The writing style is stilted, and - as others have said - simply does not flow. I gave up reading just past halfway as I could not relax into the scattergun approach to storytelling the editor has used. There are no asides, no anecdotes, just a machine-gun rattle through the days.

Call me a cynic, but equally as unbelievable is that everyone is 'so nice': locals stop their trucks to hand over donations to a young man in a wheelchair and his partner; diplomats press cash into Rosie's hand; even border crossings are straightforward. That's not to say that I would want to read about a lone female being threatened hither and thither by scary foreigners, but without those dark moments there's no opportunity to empathise with Rosie, to see how she copes with the constant tiredness, the lack of company, the frustration of language barriers and the sheer human challenge of running so far. If Rosie found herself in some dark places during her travels, we're not party to those emotions.

Very disappointing.
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