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In this highly entertaining book, fellow film actors and bike enthusiasts Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman travel 20,000 miles around the world by motorbike. They will encounter many troublesome situations on the way, ranging from extreme and threatening weather to impenetrable terrain, and will face challenges such as caviar fishing in the Caspian sea, wrestling with the Mongolian Olympic team and riding with the Canadian Mounties. Whilst throwing themselves enthusiastically into the culture of each new country – from Alaska to Mongolia, from Canada to Kazakhstan – the two friends will also have to rely on each other’s good humour, as the journey tests their relationship and their stamina to the limits.

Long Way Round is the action-packed account of the trip and a true portrait of friendship in extremis – as irreverent, engaging and articulate as Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman themselves.

 

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Just finished reading this book. Now this is not the sort of book that I'd normally pick up. It's a travel book for one, and I have never read a travel book before. However, inspired by seeing the two guys in a tv interview about their journey some time ago, I had made a mental note to read more about their adventure. Whilst there is a fair bit of motorbike stuff in the book, and not being one for motorbikes particularly, I didn't find that it was too much or that it detracted from the story of their journey. In fact, the tales of their problems and fears about the bikes just added to the drama.

 

The best bit of the book for me was their tales of the people they met along the way, as they travelled almost in a straight line east of London, through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and Siberia, and then caught the plane across the sea to Alaska and continued to New York. Some of the situations they found themselves in (lots of men with guns!) were fascinating and I genuinely felt for them. The book is written with a great deal of insight into their journey, and also a great deal of empathy and respect for the lives of the people they met around the world (particularly in Mongolia). It was nice to see that Ewan McGregor especially was concerned that their trip be as anonymous as possible, and refreshing to see that he genuinely didn't want people to treat him like the big Hollywood star.

 

I think that the guys were perhaps a little crazy to even consider doing something like this, but admire them for doing so. I really enjoyed this book, it was well written, and easy to read. The switching between Charley's and Ewan's narrative gave different perspectives on events as they travelled. In fact, the sections on Russia and Siberia were so interesting, that I have now started reading a book about Gulag Soviet camps. I'd definitely recommend this book, even if you don't normally read travel books or if you don't like motorbikes (like myself!), as it was truly fascinating.

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Haven't read this one yet but just rented and watched the entire series at the weekend. It was fantastic, I loved all the different people that the guys met on their travels and how so many of them went out of their way to help, it really makes you feel good about the world :)

What worked well is that both Ewan and Charley are such nice down-to-earth guys, you could live each high and low with them as if they were your friends.

 

My only criticism is that it was too short! There were 7 episodes but this could have easily been 10, the start of the journey (Europe) and the end (North America) felt too rushed.

 

The book will have to be read soon, but I'm glad I watched the series first because now I can picture Charley's cheeky grin :D

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I brought this when it was recommended as a BGO read, it didn't win (the book which did was great too), but I kept meaning to pick it up.

I read this over the last couple of days, like Lady Lazarus I have no interest in motorbikes, and in fact find them rather scary, but that didn't make any difference to my read. The bits about bikes were kept fairly short and easy to read without actually understanding, but the parts given more focus was the people they met.

I loved some of the situations they found themselves in and thought that their comments on the people that they met and the situations that they found themselves in were both enlightening and honest. They discussed the difficulties that they had being away form home and being stuck with just a few other people in an extremely honest way. I'm asking for their new book for Christmas!

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Ewan and Charley are on the cover of next week's "Radio Times". The TV series tied to the new book is being broadcast from next Sunday at 9pm on BBC2.

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This has been sitting on Mt. TBR for ages. I think somebody loaned it to me. Have to give it a bump I think.

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Ewan and Charley are on the cover of next week's "Radio Times". The TV series tied to the new book is being broadcast from next Sunday at 9pm on BBC2.

:love: Ewan... :love:

I'm looking forward to this new series, the last one was great. Not sure I'd enjoy the book though (not enough pictures :D ).

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I read this when it came out a few years ago and liked it. Ewan and Charley seemed like great friends and the descriptions of landscape and people were great. Not my kind of thing usually, but I enjoyed it.

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I think I started this book last year - the first one - and I hated it. I just remember being so damned bored that I gave up. But then, I don't enjoy travel books at all, so it could be absolutely wonderful and I just wouldn't appreciate it.

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(not enough pictures :D ).

It does have some though - I will confess to buying it over 18 months ago, and the pictures are the only part that I have looked at (more than once as well...)!

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