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Right to the Edge: Sydney to Tokyo by Any Means

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  172 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Using quad bikes, hovercrafts, wooden scooters, canoes, paragliders, and of course his favorite mode of transportation—motorcycle—Charley travels through some of the most exotic and exciting countries in the world. Along the way he encounters fascinating people and tests his endurance to the limit. Packed with adventure, and written with Charley's trademark humor and enthu ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 2009)
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Brad
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Charley Boorman fans, Motorcycle fans
Although better than his first By Any Means book, Charley Boorman's Right to the Edge follow-up is far from the pure joy of his collaborations with Ewan MacGregor, and the adrenaline rush of his solo Race to Dakar.

There's a travel weariness in Right to the Edge that has begun to diminish the shine that was so much a part of his earlier journeys. In the past, Boorman's trips had very specific boundaries that forced him or his team to tough out everything from impassable stretches of road and bad
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Molly Crawford
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Karen
Jun 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-autobios
And I thought I was reading a travel-book! Our bookgroup had as its theme 'Travel writing in Asia' and this title was included, but it could honestly have been set anywhere at all and it would not have made the slightest difference to what actually appeared on the page. Most of what I read (which admittedly wasn't much before I abandoned it on the 'life's too short' premise) was about Mr Boorman and his false modesty ('tell me I'm super really'), and the various modes of transport he is astride/ ...more
Oggie Ramos
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I have one other book in the series which I enjoyed more than this one. I tend to agree with the other reviews which termed the book as frantic. Maybe it's because Charley is first and foremost a biker/motorcycle enthusiast first and traveler second that the pace is like this. certainly not muy idea of travel though from the writing, I can sense his sense of British humor. I looked forward to reading his accounts here in the Philippines but they were a tad short. The book could've also benefited ...more
Sam Still Reading
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: armchair travellers and biker fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: TV series- By Any Means
Another solid effort from Charley- this second By Any Means book and TV series focuses less on the travel and more about the people and culture. There's less countries and no Russ, but the countries Charley visits are covered in much more detail. The book covers even more than the TV series and explains things in more depth. For biking fans, there are many more motorbikes this time round.

The writing is not high class literature, but the telling of Hiroshima's Genbaku Domu had me wiping away tear
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Lilian
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
I have read Charley's Long Way... adventures with Ewan McGregor, but have not come across his solo adventures. What really caught my interest here was that he traveled across my country, and I did not know about it!! I especially liked reading those chapters about the Philippines. My hunch was also correct that he went to Handlebar -- I've been to that club and it is a well known haunt for Harley riders.

Reading all these books about travel and motorcycle riding really convinces me I'd like to se
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Rachel
Aug 02, 2011 added it
Didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. There wasn't enough description of the places he visited. I know that he loves the bikes and the different methods of transport but I feel like he just shoots straight through places without stopping to enjoy the travel experience. Or maybe I just got bored of reading about bikes and trucks.
Vicki
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting light read, but not as compelling somehow as Long Way Round & Long Way Down. If you like motorcycles you will no doubt find the details about which bikes Charley rode on his trip riveting.
Richard
Jan 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Littered with name dropping, ignorance and banality.

By far the worst travel book I have read from a distinctly poor and smugly over privilaged writer.

I confess I was drawn to the book due to familiarity with the authors fathers films. Think I'll stick with the movies.
Angela
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love travel books and enjoyed the programs on TV featuring Charley Boorman. The book was very interesting and gave you a great insight in to different cultures. I'm not into motorcycles so a bit of the detail was lost on me at times but I still really enjoyed reading it.
Lucy Houser
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not interested in motorcycles in any way, but I enjoyed this book because I love Charley's outlook on life. He's positive and cheerful in the face of difficulty, and that's a good frame of mind.
Ewald
Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it
My Christmas present from my wife, who wishes that I join Charlie on a long, long, very long trip away from home... But it does sound fun, being around Charlie!
Charlene
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I like the idea of travelling places by any means possible, this one just didn't intrigue me :(
Saturday's Child
Once again Charley has shared his adventures with us and I enjoyed reading about them, particularly Australia and Japan.
Phil Beswick
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
great read, i wonder just who pays for these trips Charley does, but either way witty, informative and recommended for any kind of traveller
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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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