Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (82): Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser comes from Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman and Robert Uhlig. If you haven't watched Long Way Round or Long Way Down–two incredible documentaries about two actors traveling the world on their motorcycles–then you should totally go do that now. But, since I loved the shows, the moment I found out there were books documenting Ewan and Charley's journies I had to get them. And, despite all the motorcycle talk, I'm really enjoying reading about all of the things I didn't get to see in the show and a more intimate look at the things I did. It's really interesting to see, not only the journey, but how a television show is made and how these two actors refused to let their dream turn into a bad reality show!

Like when we were riding at the end of the day and the sun, setting in the west, warmed our backs and threw our shadows ahead of us on the road. Just chasing our shadows as we headed east. All the way round the world to get home.

{Long Way Round, pg. 92}

Synopsis of Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World:

It started as a daydream. Poring over a map of the world at home one quiet Saturday afternoon, Ewan McGregor - actor and self-confessed bike nut - noticed that it was possible to ride all the way round the world, with just one short hop across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. It was a revelation he couldn't get out of his head. So he picked up the phone and called Charley Boorman, his best friend, fellow actor and bike enthusiast. 'Charley, ' he said. 'I think you ought to come over for dinner...'From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads.

And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride over 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. "Long Way Round" is the result of their adventures - a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.

For more about Long Way Round check out these sites!

AmazonB&NBook OutletGoodreads

Or watch the series on Netflix!

*All quotes are taken from an uncorrected ARC. Quotes may not match the finished copy.*


  1. Wow..looks very interesting...
    Thanks for sharing..:)
    Here is my Teaser post: http://njkinny.blogspot.in/2014/07/teaser-tuesday-3-murder-in-mesopotamia.html

    -Nikita @Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

  2. Hmm, this does sound interesting. I haven't read any nonfiction books before and I'm not really sure if I would like this or not. I'm glad you're enjoying this despite the motorcycle talk! :)


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