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Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World Hardcover – Nov 29 2004


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1 edition (Oct. 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316728683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316728683
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,097,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both McGregor and Boorman prove themselves to be engaging, articulate and entertaining narrators ... a highly readable and spiritually uplifting book about a dream come true WANDERLUST Touching and memorable ... one for armchair travellers and bike freaks DAILY MAIL Long Way Round is the tale of a remarkable journey taken (on motorbike) by two men. The fact that those men are figures with notable film connections (Ewan McGregor is one of Britain's most successful actors, Charley Boorman is the son of the celebrated director John Boorman) may be the reason the book got written - and the accompanying television series got made - but so what? This epic trip is conveyed with real elan by its two authors, and there are arguments for preferring the written word over the image: while the latter may convey the exhilaration of the journey more directly, the book is infinitely more subtle in presenting the mindset of its two (often-beleaguered) travellers. Their co-writer Robert Uhlig has cannily conveyed the similar (but at the same time, very different) personalities of the two men, and it's one of the pleasures of the book. McGregor, for whom motorbikes are as important as his acting career, was gazing at a map of the world when it occurred to him that it was possible to ride by bike all the way round the world (with just a smidgen of cheating around the Bering Strait), and he suggested over a meal with best friend and fellow thesp Charley Boorman, that the pair might chase their shadows from London to New York, across the Pacific to Alaska and other far-flung parts. Needless to say, catastrophe matches the adventure at every turn, and encounters with gun-toting Ukrainians, Mongolian Nomads and (most dangerous of all) ruthless paparazzi add to the stress levels. But the 20,000 miles covered by the pair, however arduou Barry Forshaw, AMAZON.CO.UK 'It's like Michael Palin but with added sex appeal.'

About the Author

Ewan McGregor has starred in many films including Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge, Star Wars and Big Fish. Charley Boorman has starred in films such as The Emerald Forest and Excalibur. This is their first book.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie K. Roehr on Nov. 9 2004
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If you're impressed by adventure, this book is fabulous. It's a great read because it's incredibly honest.
Charley and Ewan fulfill a dream with this trip and they are aware of it through out, even when it seemed impossible to continue.
It's a great ride.
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After reading this book I was gungho to buy a bike and set off on an adventure of my own.Then I remembered I haven't owned or rode a bike for 20 years so I settled for reading this book which took me to places most people only dream of seeing.The diary style in which it was written was the only way the authors could take the reader with them on this tremendous journey.I am in the process of reading Long Way Down and it is already making me long for the open road and a good friend to enjoy it with.
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By Cardinal buoy on Oct. 5 2009
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If you ride and even if you don't this is a fascinating book. It manages to intertwind geographical facts with real life drama, keeping it interesting all the way.
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Great read so far. Very entertaining and a unique diary style of writing between two individuals.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RB Simon on Dec 26 2005
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What a great journey. Too bad they spent most of it complaining about the terrain, roads, mozzies, and how much they missed their families and "everyday" things at home.
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