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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456550306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456550301
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Danny Bent was born near Buxton in the Peak District into a very loving and supportive family. His father was an international athlete and Danny was necessarily introduced to the attractions and rigours of sport at a very early age, and to cycling (down steps) not long afterwards. He is an international tri-athlete and a bog diver, and has an aptitude for the sort of adventures which require major endurance and a great deal of luck to survive. Fortunately for us, he is also an excellent raconteur, loves life and hugs people whenever possible, which means he gets access to a host of excellent stories and escapades he can roll around his tongue, and entertain us thoroughly, all at the same time.


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An epic travelogue chronicling one man's adventure bicycling across continents to reach a jungle school in India. What shines through is the innate honesty and kindness towards travellers displayed by the people he meets; people take him in when he's tired and hungry, give him somewhere to sleep, feed him, even give him money when he has no local currency.

Travelling through some of the most dangerous countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, whether it's dodging Russian Mafia gangsters or Taliban insurgents, Danny somehow manages to bring out the best in humanity wherever he goes. This really restores your faith in the human race; although his sometimes graphic descriptions of the insanitary conditions and the intestinal consequences resulting from same have completely put me off wanting to visit India!

Read it. Enjoy it. Give some money to Action Aid.
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A great (true) story from first-time author Danny Bent about his cycle journey from London to India where he is to take up a teaching job. It is an honest, factual account which benefits greatly from Danny's huge personality and obvious love of life.

His descriptions of his antics on this epic ride are at different times hilarious, touching and informative. This chronicle of his journey is both eminently readable and absolutely inspiring.

Well done Danny, I can't wait to read you next book, bring it on!
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This is a wonderful little book! The author details his achievement of his long-held ambition to cycle halfway around the world (England to India), to the benefit of various charities. His descriptions of the places, peoples, adventures and emotions he encounters on this fantastic journey are brilliantly observed, and he has a really attractive modesty and self-deprecation which makes sure that the narrative is very rarely anything other than very entertaining - this man may be a teacher, but this is no "lesson". I read this with a smile on my face which often turned into out-loud laughter. Danny Bent would seem to be the sort of guy you'd happily break bread with : he may have been wildly relieved to get to the end of his epic 15,000km bicycle ride, but I was sorry to turn the last page ...
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I enjoyed this book but I was distracted by the spelling mistakes. The author is a school teacher so surely the difference between a "steal" framed bicycle and a "steel" framed one would stand out like a sore thumb. Every time another wrong spelling turned up it annoyed me further. Is this just a Kindle problem or did the actual book go out unchecked too?
Despite the lack of proof reading this book does draw you in to the author's journey and the joys and hardships it presented him with. It was worth reading.
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I really enjoyed reading this! The writer has a nice humourous, self-deprecating style. This is a very interesting account of a school teacher's solo cycle ride across Europe and Asia to reach a school in India. There are some wonderful accounts of friendly and helpful people that he meets along the way as well as some awful experiences in hostile territory. I found this a fascinating read and couldn't put it down!
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I've never left a review before but i loved this book, it was witty and well written and whilist i didn't jump on a bike it did make me think.
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This genre is travelog lite. More than somewhat self-satisfied, the author decides to cycle all the way from the UK to India to raise money for a charity. Just because it was a worthy cause and a tremendous feat does not in itself make this a good book. It's readable but there's no real depth in the writing. Most of it is skewed for laffs and the self conscious self deprecating humour gets unbearable at times.

On the plus side, relatively short chapters, constant new people and new locations make this an easy read, something you can dip in and out of over a period of time without having to make any effort at remembering what you'd read before.
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This is not even a poor travelogue. I looked forward to this book for a holiday read but was really disappointed with the lack of depth and the poor quality of writing. Laudable as Danny's efforts for charity were in undertaking this trip and he is to be congratulated for that (but what did he ultimately achieve for ActionAid? We don't find out.) The transcription of the journey into an interesting book has failed; more so in the Kindle version which seems to have been transcribed by a machine with alien grammar and spell checking software - was it ever proof read? Yes there are an amusing number of events on his journey but by the end I felt too acquainted with his bowel movements and vomiting habits to the point of nausea - literally. There a number of times where we are taken from one event or region to the next with what seemed to be huge chunks of information missing. He was mugged and lost everything at the end of one chapter but in the next chapter he's on his way again with no mention of how he regained his money and possessions etc. However, the low point for me was his admittedly feeble comparison of his suffering on his bike ride to that of the Jews en route to Auschwitz and the fact that they weren't allowed such luxuries as Coke and Mars bars. Appalling dross. His journey was a long plod and so was the book. Messrs Bryson, Theroux et al can rest easy.
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