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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); paperback / softback edition (1 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863251332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553812381
  • ASIN: 0553812386
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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London to Sydney in 25 countries--that's the task that Peter Moore, an Australian working in England, set himself. The catch was that he had to travel overland, no flights allowed within a budget of five thousand Australian dollars.

Because of "pure, unadulterated hippy envy" he attempts to discover the music, sex and drugs of the 60s hippy trail. The Wrong Way Home tells the story of his journey through Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia (check his ports of call on the map at the front of the book).

Moore writes like a young Bill Bryson with earrings and ponytail, pointing out the ironies and idiosyncrasies of his own and other cultures. Take the example of the cling-on koala he gives to a Chinese friend in Lanzhou as a token of thanks--he makes sure he removes the "Made in China" label first.

The book is peppered with cartoon-like characters that Moore meets on his journey; the Czechs with matching haircuts, the spitting Chinese, the drunken Australians. Juxtaposed with his acidic observations Moore writes movingly of his experiences in war-torn Bosnia and the visit to his grandfather's grave in Singapore. --Anna Hornsey

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"'Moore has the parched dry wit, the solid brass cojones of a true traveller and rare eye for the madness of the wider world' John Birmingham"

"'Peter Moore is the genuine article, a traveller's traveller' FHM"

"'Peter Moore is the Jim Carrey of Australian travel writing' Sydney Morning Herald"

"'A refreshingly cynical blast of fresh air' Melbourne Age" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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My current passion is reading travel related books as I will invariably never have the time or money to do anything like it myself! Having exhausted the various adventures of Bill Bryson I moved around a variety of authors and happened upon this particular book. The rave reviews that fellow Amazon users had bestowed upon this particular piece encouraged me to buy the book and make my own mind up. Having done so I found the book full of interesting information, comical capers and fascinating facts. Peter Moore tells the story in his own inimitable way and enjoys a special rapport with his audience that he seemingly knows will be enjoying the tales he tells so delightfully. From someone who travels so well he is cleverly able to impart the real feel of his adventures to those of those who don't have the same opportunities. So an excellent read and well recommended to anyone who likes travel, adventure and a bit of fun. Oh, and prepare to finish the book very quickly!
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I'm not normally a fan of travel writing...maybe Magenta Divine wandering around third world countries in pink stilleto's and sunglasses prejudiced me a bit. To be honest I picked this book up because it had a tank on the front cover & I anticipated something horrible happening to another smug travel writer. What I found was a real gem.
Peter Moore decided to backpack from London to Sydney overland. Travelling through some pretty rough places (war torn Bosnia, Kurdistan, Taliban Afganistan). He also illegally entered Tibet & bluffed his way into Laos. When he said he travelled from "London to Sydney the hard way" he wasn't kidding! Rather than being a tale of horror or another lonely planet publication this book has a real sense of humour & is truly different. Peter Moore can laugh at what he encounter's, but be complementing it at the same time. Obviously he has to pack 8 months & 25 countries into a paperback, but at the same time he doesn't skimp on the detail. If you check out his website he's got all his photo's uploaded... this is such a good idea why don't other authors do it?
I'm off to buy his other books. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
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Clearly there’s loads of travel books around right now, everyone’s doing them, maybe it’s writing about where you lived as a child, then writing where you lived as an adult once you’re returned to where you lived as a child, or maybe travelling around a country with a fridge. Clearly to stand out you’ve got to do something different to stand out.
Well, Peter Moore does just that in this book – an Australian who’s been working in London decided he was going to travel home to Sydney. Mmm, doesn’t sound too difficult, go to Heathrow, jump on a plane, change planes somewhere in the Far East and there you go. But no, he didn’t want to do that – he decided do travel from London to Sydney without using an aeroplane.
The book tells of Moore’s intrepid journey which lasts eight months and takes in 25 countries and his various adventures along the way and in particular his difficulties of getting into various countries. His style of writing is fairly unique – highly entertaining and amusing and all in all a fairly difficult book to put down before you’ve finished it. I particularly liked the soundtrack given to each chapter as there’s always a good story as to how Moore chooses such a song.
Highly recommended. I’ll definitely be reading some of his other books now.
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This is interesting and well written, but there were a few typos. It does get better as it goes on. I struggled with the European section, especially the Mostar part and couldn't understand why he spent so much time in a war zone scrounging pizzas and booze from locals who were evidently homeless and struggling to survive, despite dealing drugs. He does seem to expect a lot and seems to overstay his welcome and take advantage of peoples generosity, apparently never reciprocating or paying for much himself. He also likes to brag about things that I would be ashamed to admit to if I had done them, such as blatantly lying and ripping the cover from an album in the Mostar flat he was staying in.
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I read this book because I have a secret desire to do the same thing ! Basically this is a travel book describing the author's overland travel from London to Sydney via Europe, Asia, and South East Asia via the so-called "hippy trail". The author obviously likes music, and associates a different theme soundtrack with each chapter. The author also has a keen sense of histrory, religion and politics and ensures that the book is informative and homorous throughout. It's funnier and less melodramtic than Nick Danzigers "Danziger's travels" ( which has a similar theme ). It also has a distinctively Australian flavour ( which pehaps not all international readers will be able to appreciate ).
Overall this book is highly recommended ( especially if you dream of doing something similar one day ).
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I absolutely loved reading this book. Peter Moore knows how to tell an adventure, if you like reading about dodgy buses, dodgy hotels and downright bizarre people than this is a book you must read. A funny story or anecdote on every page Moore tells a strangely gripping tale of a journey through Europe, the Middle East and Asia to his homeland of Australia. Trying to connect with the hippy trail of the sixties Moore visits beautiful European cities, tropical Asian metropolises rugged beautiful landscapes and the odd warzone or two.

Never did I imagine that I'd fall in love with the idea of visiting Iran but if it's anything like the picture Moore paints then I'm desperate to visit Fatty's Hotel.
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