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4 Books To Read - By Peter Hawker

Motorcycle touring paperbacks.

Here are some brief reviews of a few books bought from Amazon recently – good value, well packaged and delivered quickly.

“Adventure Motorcycling Handbook”  Chris Scott. Trailblazer Publications.

ISBN 978-1-873756-80-5

This is a ‘must read’ for anyone considering an ambitious tour. Packed full of every conceivable type of information; comparisons of ten touring bikes, health, routes through all of the continents, “tales from the saddle”- lots of touring accounts, navigation, etc., etc. Reccomended , even if you’re not planning a tour. Enjoy them vicariously!

“Lois on the Loose”  Lois Pryce. Arrow Books.

ISBN 9780099493563

 Quite a girl!. She rode a 225cc Yamaha Serow trail bike from Alaska to the southernmost tip of S. America. Lots of adventures enroute of course. Learning as she went along, she learned a lot! A light-hearted account, well written. Her encounters with border beaurocracy made me feel quite weak.

“One Brit, One Bike, One BIG Country.”  John MacKay  Lightning Scource UK Ltd.8

ISBN 978-0-9562993-3-8

 A chap in his 40’s gives up his job, buys a Harley in the States and sets out on a 90day cross-continent tour. As with most of these adventures, it’s the people he meets enroute that provide most of the interest, and the overcoming of serious obstacles designed to frustrate his ambition. My one criticism is the absence of a map, essential for me for this sort of project.

“African Brew-Ha-Ha” Aln Whelan.  Summersdale.

ISBN 978-1-84953-044-6

A curious peg on which to hang a harrowing trip, down through Africa – tea parties! On a Triumph Tiger 955cc. “Joy and heartache, despair and exhilaration, with moments of sheer insanity”. Leavened by a good sense of humour. The account of wrestling his bike through deep mud exhausted me. What stamina.

Reader's Comments

Monk said :-
Here are three excellent books to read all by Graham Field.

"In Search of Greener Grass"

ISBN-13: 978-1780880884

Grahams first journey from the UK to Mongolia, and slightly beyond both cynical yet full of humour,great book published in 2012, including the, slightly bizarre telling of how he got the money together to do it.


ISBN-13: 978-0956430533

A zany exploration of eastern Europe on a KLR650 with some nice twists along the way. Packed with great visulisations of the trip, told in Grahams always uncompromising way, he wanted to do the 'stans'...but... A real treat, in my view.Published in 2014.

"Different Natures"

ISBN-13: 978-0993199301

Grahams latest overlanding evolution.This one's about three different journeys actually taken before the previous two books were written but it's far from a retrospective although is certainly introspective. Based on Grahams diaries which he meticulously writes these book reveals his travels from as diverse palces as the Arctic Circle to Mexico and the extremes inbetween.Brutally honest, bafflingly addictive.

All three can be had from Graham by going to

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Monk said :-
Tried to add all three images of Grahams book under one heading it didn't work so here they are anyway...

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Monk said :-
Lastly... but definitely not least...

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Monk said :-
Thanks Ren...Here's one for you from the Manor...temple...taken yesterday...there's a cue for a song!

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Monk...thanks for the info.

I'm not a big reader but having met Graham and enjoyed his calm and positive persona I should knuckle down and see what he has to say. I shall also find Bernard Smith's book details and put them on here.

I see the temple was bathed in sun, I hope it was peaceful too.
1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Monk said :-
Hallo Mate. I must get round to reading Bernard at some point, yes, Graham is a very laid back individual and his books resonate with something almost mysterious. I'm waiting for your book to be published Ren.

Yes, the weather was great as was the food... as I have said on the CBF 125 post it would have been good had you been there, you were, however, in our thoughts. All good! :-)

Monk, (for obvious reasons) :-)

and... here's anoither one...of Liba, very beatific,int she:-)

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Monk said :-
Just another book 'plug'. It's a book I'm currently resing by Gordon G. May titled...'Overland To India'. The journey overland riding a 1953 Royal Enfield. Gorodn begins the journey in his home city of Manchester and arrives 8.400 miles later in Chennai, India. It's well written with lots of photographs and huge amounts of information regarding overlanding. I'm still in the process of reading the book it is a bit unputdownable so if you enjoy reding about the travels of people in the bikign fraternity this is a definite buy.

Book, Man and Bike!

Happy Trvels...Monk.

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Monk said :-
S'cuse terrible spelling a rush!

Another pic of Gordon...

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC

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