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By Any Means: His Brand New Adventure from Wicklow to Wollongong

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Charley Boorman has arranged himself a new challenge: he must travel from his home town in England all the way to Sydney, Australia, and he must use any means available to reach his destination, including steam train, horse, boat, kayak, motorcycle, and tuk-tuk. Whether crossing the Black Sea, trekking through Tibet, riding an elephant in India, or hiking through the fores ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 25th 2008 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 2008)
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Brad
Oh, Charley.

You say at the beginning of your second solo adventure, By Any Means, that "It struck me that this was what the trip was all about; a chance to step into other people's lives for a little while," and that was exactly what I wanted to hear. It is why I have enjoyed all your previous adventures: both your big bike trips with Ewan and your own Race to Dakar. They have always been about you making contact with people, and that is compelling stuff.

In the Long Way Round your camaraderie wi
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Hannah
The writing style is probably an acquired taste (I didn't mind it too much) - more like diary entries than reading a story. This is fairly fast paced, though I wish he went into more detail in some areas that he visited instead of giving in depth descriptions of the engine of what he was driving.

I felt that the best moments he had in the book, you could really feel it through the writing, was when he was doing his UNICEF visits. That, and touching down in Australia, were the only times I didn't
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Clare O'Beara
While I was aware of two previous books by this author, involving long distance motorbike rides, I hadn't read any. I wasn't aware that his exploits had been filmed for BBC or that he's the son of film director John Boorman. All this knowledge is taken for granted by the author. I thought he might consider that his first books could attract a motorbike-specialist readership, perhaps, whereas this 'by any mode of transport' challenge held a broader appeal. I'm at a loss to know how he paid for th ...more
Sam Still Reading
Jan 01, 2010 Sam Still Reading rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Long Way Down fans, armchair adventurers (or those who can't get holidays)
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: Long Way Down fan
I read this book in conjunction with watching the DVD of By Any Means. I was very glad that I did because sometimes the DVD episode was a bit rushed and I was wondering, 'How did they get there? Where's Russ? Who's Anne?'. The book solves all these problems.

Not high literature, but a fantastic Boys' Own adventure travelling from Ireland to Australia- by any means except a commercial flight. Charley, Russ (both familiar faces from Long Way Down/Round and Race to Dakar) and Mungo the cameraman cro
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Ang
This book seems to exemplify the border crossings Charley refers to - there is a noticeable change part way through the book. While the first half seems to be simply going through the motions, the second half - somewhere around Asia, warms up. Whether it is because there is more purpose to the challenge, with the UNICEF runs, or whether it is because Asia is new, different, friendly and vastly different from Europe, or something I can't guess at. Either way, I was glad for the change of tone.
Sharon
By Any means lacks the human interaction and the getting inside the culture that Long Way Round and Down both did. I'm not sure if it is that Charley is fantastic at the fun side of it while Ewan is a little deeper or whether it was the fact that the focus on the transportation got in the way whereas the others were simply just on the bikes. It's funny in places and you have to love Charley's sense of adventure and little boys wide eyed spirit and determination to enjoy everything he does, but i ...more
Writerlibrarian
A much better ghost writer (credited this time) made this trek across three continents by any means of transportation (except big commercial airplanes) enjoyable. Charley is being Charley and he is much more aware of the privileged life he leads and makes an effort in learning and interacting in a mostly non failing way with the people he meets on the way to Sydney.

The team that comes along is less interesting in a way than Ewan (who is not there but gets mentioned a few times) but I kinda like
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Sarah
I found this book to be disappointing. Boorman goes through several countries that either still have or had horrible things happen (the Killing Fields etc) but really glosses over the situations. As he is only interacting with the select people set up before his trip, he really doesn't always interact with "the man on the street" so he does not always capture a complete picture of the country he is in. I know that politic science was not the purpose of this book (or any of them in the series) ye ...more
PastAllReason
Follow along with Charley Boorman on his journey from County Wicklow, Ireland to Sydney, Australia. Over the course of 3 1/2 months, Boorman travels "by any means possible". This includes time spent on the Orient Express, bus, container ship, elephant and camel. Boorman also makes a couple of stops to continue charity work with Unicef, continuing work done on previous ventures.
Heidi
Although I still loved this book. It did not have the same vibrancy and spirit as the other books I have read by Charley Boorman. This adventure seemed like a good thing with bad timing for Charley personally. He seemed more mournful than usual that he was away from his family, also seemed in sections of this trip that he just wasn't enjoying himself as much.
This book still had wonderful imagery, wonderful people and brilliant landscapes...somehow it still seemed flat.
Rodgier
Charley Boorman does an amazing job tell about his travel adventure from Ireland to Australia. His writing style is very personable and makes you feel like you are at pub having a drink while he tells you a story. I found the book well paced and I felt like I was part of the travel experience. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys travel journals or travel adventures.
Charlene Armstrong
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did!

The first two that I read, had a lot of focus on Ewan, which is the person that I identified with more in the books...

But the more I got into this book, the more I appreciated what they were doing and how difficult it was.

I'm looking forward to the next installment
~*kath*~
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. I love a good travelogue, especially if it involves motorbikes, and have enjoyed Charley's adventures with the very gorgeous Ewan McGregor. Charley is charming and funny, with a good heart and the ability to tell a good story. A fun read with some beautiful photos to go along with it.
Helen
Another great road trip tale from Charley. Loved the chapter in Nepal where they met Hillary's grandson and witnessed the beginning of rNepal as a republic. Modes of transport from: elephant, tractor, dolmas, many boats and bikes. A really inspirational book.
Tim Heywood
clearly a rushed journey! having seen the DVD, was hoping perhaps for a little more from the book, however great seeing the teams perspectives and have more insight into the locations and the joys and miseries of hectic paced travel.
Jeanette
amazing book. I am sooo in love with Charley, he is an inspiration to us all to just get out there and do the stuff we want to do!! can't wait to read his next book
Thebestdogmom Stiner
I just love Charlie. Wish Ewan went on this trip with him. The end of the book seemed a bit rushed. I just loved the idea of the trip he took.
Saturday's Child
I love Charley and reading about his adventures. This book was a fun "armchair" travel with lots of laughs along the way.
Paul Devall
Good support for the TV show. Self indulgent someone said?

If you can get a trip paid for you'd be a mug to say no.
Paulr
Was a little weak in the writing dept. the adventure is interesting. Its No Long way Around though.
Claire
Not as good as the long way books but still a really good insight to the rest of the world
Sharon
Great book, love chalie's style of writing. Makes me envious
Anders
Dec 05, 2014 Anders rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Didn't finish. It felt really repetititve, and boring.
Joe
Amazing well worth the read so glad i did :)
lluke
self indulgent.
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Charley Boorman grew up in Ireland, spending much of his childhood riding motorcross bikes. From 1998 to 2002, he ran a British motorcycle team with Ewan McGregor, winning the Superstock Series with David Jeffries.
His first film role was as Ed's Boy, Jon Voight's son in Deliverance, directed by his father John Boorman. Since then, he has appeared in Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, K
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