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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.8 out of 5 stars
One Man and LEJOG
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on 18 February 2013
A good read, but it felt a little light. However a very honest account of one man's journey. The appendix was a good addition.
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on 14 December 2012
Great review of a personal adventure with great references to the cycling bug. Hoping to follow in your cycle steps.
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on 1 June 2013
Thought this might have been good but was very disappointed. Not enough content even boring at times. Not for me.
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on 4 July 2011
nice short read if you get put off with 500 page novels, good account of his trip. Well worth the £1 odd i paid.
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on 10 May 2013
Hanging done the ride twice it would have been handy to have such a detailed account to refer to. Great
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on 7 July 2013
A real world journey from LE to JOG, with all the bits in between. Enjoyed it. A good read. Thanks.
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on 14 August 2013
Anyone who cycles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats without assistance deserves a good deal of credit even though, as Anthony Last himself says “I don’t think that (it) is a hard journey”.

Understandably, many of those who complete the ride are sufficiently proud of themselves to record their experiences, as Last has in “One Man and LEJOG” (Land’s End to John o’ Groats). Consequently, Last’s book is far from being unique in the long list of publications recording journeys by bike. The saving grace of One man and LEJOG is its brevity and Appendix I which details what Last took with him and is an almost perfect list of what is unnecessary for such a cycle touring holiday. As examples, its maker, Bianchi, describes his bicycle as a “road racing bike”, not a tourer, and “definitely not for comfort”; his expensive “arm warmers” and “leg warmers” only serve to replace a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of trousers with removable lower sections, whilst his rain jacket, without even a hood, is totally inadequate for a prolonged downpour.

Last does not give his reasons for following the route he did but it certainly was a most curious choice. Through Cornwall and Devon and again in Northern Scotland he followed two sides of a triangle instead of the direct route, inexplicably visited Morecambe away from the direct route and chose the notorious Kirkstone Pass rather than the much easier climb over Shap. Anyone contemplating a similar ride would do well to avoid both his choice of equipment and his choice of route.

Last’s informal writing style makes for quick and easy reading spoilt by numerous unnecessary obscenities, some inappropriate or arcane expressions and irritating errors in grammar and spelling which better proof-reading should have removed..

Overall, “One Man and LEJOG” is enjoyable but best read as a cautionary tale of what not to take and which route not to follow. For many of those who have done it, cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats was probably more daunting in prospect than in reality and does not require so called “Hi-tec” equipment or “back-up” vehicles. Take a very little of what you already have, buy a railway ticket to Penzance, get on your bike and just do it. It’s fun.
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on 2 September 2013
The quality of writing is pretty poor, the quality of information not great. Personally I'd find this of no use if planning the ride. When you compare it to some other books of this type there is really no comparison. Sorry, but I wouldn't waste your cash.
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on 28 January 2015
Good read
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on 11 April 2014
Bit disappointing to read, not that entertaining. Pretty much just an itinerary of times and places passed. Not a lot of background interest. Wouldn't bother to read it if I wasn't a cyclist.
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