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A hip, hilarious and highly entertaining travelogue that takes the author on the Sixties hippie trail - from the UK to Australia - without flying.
Peter Moore is an itinerant hobo who is lucky enough to be able to support his insatiable travel habit (he has visited 92 countries on his travels) through writing. He is the author of four acclaimed travel books - The Wrong Way Home, The Full Montezuma, Swahili for the Broken-Hearted (shortlisted for the WHSMith People's Choice Travel Book Award) and Vroom with a View as well as the classic alternative travel guide, No Shitting in the Toilet. When he's not on the road living out of his senselessly overweight backpack, he alternates between London and Sydney with his collection of souvenir plastic snowdomes and Kinder Surprise toys.
Compulsive Australian traveller Peter Moore decides to return home to Sydney by land and sea, following the old hippie trail of the '60s through Eastern Europe, Asia and Indonesia, entering Australia via Darwin. With minuscule funds this is real Lonely Planet-style shoestring travel, and Peter tells his tale well, glorying in the highlights of the journey while spelling out the problems and dangers convincingly enough to forewarn potential followers in his tracks. One human trait appears throughout the book: the poorer the people, the more willing they are to share. In Albania an impoverished householder sends his wife and child to the in-laws to give Peter a bed for several days. Whether he offered any recompense is not mentioned (out of modesty, I hope). In 25 concise, punchy chapters, each prefaced with the title of a music track, we meet battlers in many countries; glimpse tiny villages, crowded streets and markets; observe recalcitrant officialdom; marvel at instances of open-heartedness; seethe at the crassness of certain types of traveller; and admire (if not always like) our narrator's single-mindedness. As to his linking of chapter to music track, don't ask me - I didn't recognise a single one! Max Oliver is owner-manager of Lindfield Bookshop, Lindfield (NSW) C. 1999 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
"'Moore has the parched dry wit, the solid brass cojones of a true
traveller and rare eye for the madness of the wider world' John
"'Peter Moore is the genuine article, a traveller's traveller' FHM"
"'Peter Moore is the Jim Carrey of Australian travel writing' Sydney Morning Herald"
"'A refreshingly cynical blast of fresh air' Melbourne Age"