Long Way Round

Long Way Round

Chasing Shadows Across the World

Book - 2004
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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.

Publisher: London : Time Warner Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780316728683
Characteristics: 312 pages : illustrated
Additional Contributors: Uhlig, Robert
Boorman, Charley


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Mar 16, 2018

While it took me a while to get through, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tells of a round-the-world motorcycle trip taken by actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York. It gets deep as they go across Europe to Prague, and then into Slovenia and Ukraine before tackling Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and Siberia before going from Alaska down through Canada and the US to New York.
There's also a TV series they did about this which helped pay for the trip. The TV stuff is good (at least what I've seen so far), but the book is better, going into more detail. I think that motorcycle buffs and travel enthusiasts will get the most out of this book.

Sep 07, 2016

If you're a fan of the show, this is a great companion piece. It goes deeper into Charley and Ewan's travels and has loads of pictures they took along the way.

Jun 10, 2008

The best part about this book is the friendship between Ewan and his best friend Charley. It's their friendship that keeps them going, esp when the trip becomes stressful and difficult in Mongolia and Russia.
Ewan is also a very poignant and emotional writer, which I found surprisingly given that he's portrayed some macho men on film.

Recommend the book over the DVD.


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Mar 16, 2018

Coarse Language: There is language scattered throughout, including f-bombs.

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