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Out of the Box: The Highs and Lows of a Champion Smuggler

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Reg Spiers arrived in England in 1964 as a world-class athlete. He returned to Australia in a box, but that was only the start of his adventures.

Crazily impulsive, romantic, and free-spirited, Reg became a national hero for smuggling himself 13,000 miles home as air freight. But as his fame and sporting career faded, Reg decided to smuggle something very different. Soon, h
Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Roaring Forties Press (first published October 20th 2014)
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This book reads like an action movie and what makes this book even more amazing is the fact it's all TRUE! Reggie certainly isn't one who lived a ho-hum type of lifestyle.

This book is broken down into four different parts. I think this style was used because of how the story opens up, you're basically plonked into the middle of it where Reggie is getting his mates to smuggle drugs with him. And then in the second part it tells you the unbelievable tale of when he posts himself back in a wooden b
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

Reg Spiers is the barking mad Australian athlete who famously smuggled himself from England to Australia (by plane!)in a box.

I've had a couple of attempts at this review, so I will just write how I feel – which is the McSorlays have done a fairly good job writing about chosen excerpts from Spiers action packed life, (although I would have preferred the tale told in chronological order)but given the choice of buying this book & paying to hear Reg speak live I would quite definitely choose th
Chris Steeden
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this book was a novel I'm afraid you would think it was way over-the-top. What a life Reg Spiers has lead. Oh my word, it is remarkable. Everything in the newspapers was about Reg mailing himself back from London to Perth but this book details his other shenanigans.

Admittedly what he got up to was criminal and drug smuggling is abhorrent but the story, nonetheless, is fascinating. The book is set out as more of a novel with he author interpreting what was said and emotions felt at the time. I
Christa Wojo
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of the Box follows the misadventures of Reg Spiers, an unforgettable character who never gives up, and never learns either. The craziest part is, Reg isn’t a character. He’s a real live person!

Reg doesn’t always make the right decisions. He often puts his friends and loved ones in danger; but his charisma, charm, and indomitable spirit make it impossible not to root for him.

This book spans decades of the man’s life, taking place in Australia, England, India, Sri Lanka, and other countries. I
Steve Bridger
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Despite the introduction by Lynn Davis one of the UK's greatest athletes I was sure it was all a joke, No way could all those incredible adventures of Reg Spiers be true. Boy, was I wrong. This is an exceptional book, brilliantly written, wonderfully entertaining and one that will live in the memory for a long, long time. Julie and Marcus McSorley have managed to capture and distill the essence of the Aussie spirit that flows through the veins of Reg Spiers. Here we meet a man with a heart as bi ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received a first reads copy for an honest review. Reg lived an interesting life as well as his friends throughout the book. The book wasn't something I'd normally read, but I found it to be compelling. The main character of the book is a man named Reg who's known as the man in the box. It was interesting and I'm definitely going to share the book with family. ...more
Michael Maurice
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, I knew nothing of this story before I found the book at the shop, took me by surprise by being so good, as an Aussie it's great reading about another Aussie tearing up the globe in true Australian style. Highly recommend!! ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a giveaway from GoodReads. It was a very interesting read and the author developed the players in a very engaging way. Felt real sympathy for the title character and all the trials that he had to suffer.
Ali Moylan
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating story, very engaging and well written. There were a few gaping holes in the story that I would've loved filled in to cure my curiosity. Such an incredible true story.
A few distracting typos throughout annoyed me a bit.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Good read. Inspires me to stay out of trouble, especially in foreign countries. This story was well told with details that definitely enhanced it. Enjoyed very much.
Breanna Pollard
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*** received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads***

the book is great and I loved the topic!
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program and think that it interesting. I would recommend it to everyone.
Julian Walker
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The rather sad story of a fantastically original mind, personal potential and a talent grossly squandered.

In the middle of this entertaining book is the story of the title and a truly amazing and well recreated tale it is.

The rest of the book slightly glamorises a hand-to-mouth existence and a life on the run as the subject's life spirals out of control.

Worth a read, if only for the audacious travel anecdote.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Caroline Clayton
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a page turner, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure!
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an incredible story, more so because it was based on true events. It is hard to believe anyone would come up with, let alone carry out, all the crazy stunts that Reg does in his lifetime. I both liked his can do attitude and strongly disliked the way he went about solving his problems. An interesting read.
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I'm a native of Adelaide, South Australia, and an avid reader and writer. I particularly like characters that I can relate to and awesome plot turns that catch me totally off guard.
Before I started writing I was a freelance illustrator around Fleet Street, London. I later spent a number of years in Queensland where I Illustrated a children's book for Angus & Robertson (as Julie Mac).
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