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Three Men in a Float Paperback – 28 May 2009
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'Such genuine humour behind the story that it makes the venture a success' (Sunday Telegraph)
'Brilliant' (Daily Mail)
'Slow travel and much hilarity result' (Bookseller)
'A lovely story' (Sue Baker, Publishing News)
'Absolutely enchanting and delightfully absurd' (Good Book Guide)
'Gently amusing' (Manchester Evening News)
With a top speed of 15 miles per hour and fuel efficiency of a penny a mile, a decommissioned milk float is the ideal vehicle for an epic journey between England's most easterly and westerly pointsSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Whilst the journey alone makes the book worth reading, the wider issues raised, even if incidental to the story, make the book doubly worthwhile. I highly recommend it to any reader.
The book is jointly authored by Dan Kieran and Ian Vince, who share the writing of its twenty chapters - all written in the first-person narrative form. After describing the story behind the story, each day-long leg of the journey is allocated its own chapter.
These legs vary in length from as little as 17 miles up to 49 miles. Each day's eventual distance being highly dependant on weather conditions, driving terrain, characters encountered, extravehicular adventures and, of course, availability of suitable charging points. So, as you can imagine, it was a particularly slow journey, as confirmed by the book's subtitle - Across England at 15mph.
The pivotal third man, Prasanth Visweswaran (Pras), has the necessary electrical skills - and risk taking attitude - to turn their concept into a reality. Still, without the support of friends, supermarket managers, publicans, campsite owners and generously spirited members of the public, it would have been impossible.
The problems faced in securing adequate supplies of electron-based fuel are a central, and often highly amusing, theme within the story. A story imparts a crystal-clear indication of how far away the UK is from delivering a viable infrastructure, able to support battery-powered alternatives to our current fossil-fuel guzzling vehicles.
The milk float in question rolled off Cowley's Morris car plant production line on 2nd September 1958.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book lived up to expectations. Its along the lines of Three Men in a Boat but on land. I enjoyed it as I know the areas they travelled through. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by rainbow
For a bit of humour I read Three Men in a Float: Across England at 15 Mph by Dan Kieran and Ian Vince. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2011 by C. Kidd