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Three Men in a Float Paperback – 28 May 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; [Audio CD] edition (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848540159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848540156
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

Book Description

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 points

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Format: Hardcover
Three Men In A Float is a great read in the old tradition of British travel writing. The journey recounted is not unique by any means, many have travelled a similar route, but none in such a unique fashion, and rarely with such humour and warmth.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
What a delightful story. A most unlikely adventure which happened nevertheless. A book to brighten up the dark days and bring a splash of the ridiculous into this stressed-up world. Read and enjoy.
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Format: Paperback
Take a classic 1958 milk float, three men and a journey from Lowestoft to Lands End, and you have the ingredients for a distinctly original book. This attention-grabbing concept prompted plenty of enthusiastic national media coverage, including a dedicated BBC Radio 4 programme broadcast in February 2008.

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.
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I bought this as it was recommended to me, and I have to admit I'm glad I did, although I as a bit sceptical at the beginning of just how intersting could travelling at 15mph across country be? It is original, funny and as it is written from two different points of view it remains fresh and interesting throughout.
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