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First Overland: London - Singapore by Land Rover

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Why not? After all, no-one had ever done it before. It would be one of the longest of all overland journeys - half-way round the world, from the English Channel to Singapore. They knew that several expeditions had already tried it.Some had got as far as the deserts of Persia; a few had even reached the plains of India. But no-one had managed to go on from there: over the j ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published 2005 by Signal Books Limited (first published 1957)
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Julian Walker
A book for anyone who has ever travelled, wanted to travel, or is interested in life.

In an incredible tale of innocence triumphing over world weary logic, the writer takes us through the team's self belief in achieving their objective - travelling through a world now relegated to history but with pertinent links to life today.

Adventure in its truest form and a great read.
Si vous aimez les Land Rovers (de préférence les vieilles Séries...), les voyages, le sens de l'understatement à l'anglaise et les belles histoires de premières plus ou moins aventureuses alors ce livre est un "must" incontournable et du coup, je me prends à rêver de L.R Série 1...

Rhah lovely...

Bien évidemment, c'est en Anglais et il y a assez (trop) peu de photos, mais ce livre est un vrai plaisir !
James Welfare
This book was definitely a fun, engaging read. The writing style was so dated and British it was a joy to read. The narrator conveyed an idealised sense of adventure and kept me riveted the whole way through. Descriptions of people and places were evocative without slowing the pace of the story and the end result was an enthusiasm to do something similar.
Read this book if you think you might some time want to travel overland from London to Singapore. Or if you would never want to do it. Or if history is your thing. Fascinating. Well written. Then search online for the BBC documentary with the actual footage shot during the expedition.
May 22, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for an adventure.
The written account of the London to Singapore overland expedition of six university students in two Land Rover Series I. Certainly one of the top Overland stories out there. It's a phenomenal adventure that has inspired many since it's publication in 1957.
Rui Igreja
London-Singapore overland, in the 1950s. I'm reading it because apparently it was the last time foreigners were able to cross Burma. It's an entertaining book, and a great adventure.
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