I am usually wary of travellers turned writers. Most are really not cut for that and make for excruciating read. So I was a bit dubious, I read so many bad ones, but I still got the book because I was thinking to explore some of the countries covered by Graham. Well, I must say, it was a very enjoyable read. The writing is light and never overworked or boring. His descriptions and feelings about a place or situation drag us kicking and screaming into the action, feeling that we are there, with him. He comes across also as a very likeable character.
I must admit, as I bought this book in electronic format, that I did few time went into hiding in the toilet, with my phone, at work, to read few pages! I enjoyed it so much that when I finished the book I went straight back to Amazon to download his first book too! This one more to reminisce of my own ride to Mongolia.
This is the second of Graham's books I've read ( I'm just about to start the third ) and once again it's a delightful page turner. If you have any interest in motorcycle touring and adventure, you'll have no doubt heard Graham's name and with good reason.
Graham has a natural knack of painting a wonderful picture of his trips and you can't help being drawn in. The whole book is so involving you almost feel like a voyeur at times. As someone who has done a couple of longish solo trips, I admire anyone who can remain completely calm in the face of adversity and even more so if they can do it with a smile or a shrug.
If you want a honest read about the highs and lows of motorcycle travel, this should be on your shortlist.
Graham writes in a witty, easy-flowing, style of his 100 day odyssey through Europe, beyond and back. Having traveled some of the same roads I felt I was reliving some of my own journeys but through the fresh perspective of Graham's eyes. Faced with a major decision along the way the book, and journey, really come to life after the decision is made. Graham's book has inspired me to visit a couple of countries that previously were only borderline considerations. For that alone the book is well worth the purchase price!
I really like this author, he really takes you there with him on his journey. This is the second book I have read by Graham Field, and I can't wait for his next offering. "Deal or no Deal" this guy was always destined to be a good travel writer. Keep em coming. Mike North Yorkshire.