The Wrong Way Home Paperback – 1 Jun 1999
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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
"'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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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!
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.
Overall this book is highly recommended ( especially if you dream of doing something similar one day ).
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would have given it a 5 but the poor editing of spellings was really annoying. Apart from that I had fun reading The Wrong Way Home and found it very entertaining. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Debbie Leigh
Considering the places he travelled to, the methods of travel involved, and the times in which he travelled, this book manages to be really remarkably dull. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ms. Fiona Allen
This is one of those books where you want to get to the end to see how it finishes BUT you don't really want the story to end because it is such a good read!! FAB book!!Published 20 months ago by Jooleh