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Mission Mongolia: Two Men, One Van, No Turning Back Paperback – 5 Jul 2010
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`Nicely humorous' --The Bookseller, 26th March 2010
Clear, unpretentious writing... a pacy and clear narrative that gives you a taste of the reality of epic drives.
Travelmag, 14th September 2010
Humorous, descriptive, thought provoking and above all, enjoyable. Mission Mongolia comes highly recommeded.
Adventurebimbling, 21st July 2010
The concept is enthralling. The fact that they battled corrupt border officials, dangerously eroded roads and the elements, is incredible.
St Christopher's Inns, September 2010
Treanor neatly weaves in history, geography and ecology without letting the pace drop.
Luxique Travel, 4th August 2010
About the Author
David Treanor was a BBC journalist for more than 25 years, editing news bulletins for the Today programme and Radio 4’s Six O’clock News. The journey was made in support of the charity Save the Children.
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They had no mechanical knowledge, no Russian language skills, and little back up, and yet with oodles of optimism and not a little perseverance they made the journey. The writing is light hearted, maybe sometimes trying a little too hard to be funny, but always enjoyable.
However, a friend recommended it to me, and I found it a delightful read. It's interesting, witty, and informative and the descriptions of the places they visit and people they meet are sympathetic and never condescending.
Of course, given their level of mechanical knowledge, Russian, and camping, you have to question the sanity level of David and Geoff for undertaking the trip in the first place, but I'm very glad they did, and that this book was the result - a must read for any fan of travel writing.
Forget Bear Grylls. Forget Ray Mears. This is the story of what would happen if you and your best friend decided to trek half way across the world with little more than a clapped-out Anglia Water van, a few maps that are akin to works of fiction and more toilet rolls than you know what to do with.
From start to finish, this book is both funny, intriguing and thoroughly exciting to read. From the snowy lanes of a wintry Britain to the baking desolation of the Gobi desert and beyond, what these two men managed to achieve through sheer force of will and cheery determination is fantastic.
Brilliantly written, this book manages to side-step the usual travel-guide dogma you'd expect when examining the histories of the towns and villages which our travellers pass through, instead focussing on the personal effect that the events had on the many and varied people whom they meet.
If nothing else, this book is worth reading for the sheer entertainment value of every time the author attempts to 'go native' and order dinner in the language of whichever restaurant he's in... Priceless!
I guarantee that by the time you've read this book, you'll be sticking a pin in a map and looking through the window at the Ford Fiesta on your drive, just wondering...
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Read this cover to cover. Couldn't put it down as it was so entertaining. Written in the store of Bill Bryson.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was an easy read, well written and often humorous. It describes driving from London to Mongolia across an arduous and difficult route, to raise money for Save the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Avid Reader
Picked up from library Wednesday am finished reading early Thursday pm.......What a fantastic read BUY IT ENJOY A FANTASTIC ESCAPADE...WELL DONEPublished 9 months ago by Musicman
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Didn't know what to expect, so no expectations. A really good read, with some educational value.Published 14 months ago by Lorraine
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