** INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHARLEY BOORMAN ** After chasing their shadows across the world, journeying east from London to New York, actors (and bike fanatics) Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. And after an inspirational UNICEF visit to Africa, they realised their new destination could be nowhere else. With the Long Way Round team assembled once again and with two new BMWs loaded up for the journey, Ewan and Charley are setting off for a very different challenge - the Long Way Down. On this new adventure they will travel from John O'Groats to South Africa: biking their way down through Scotland and England, then travelling into Europe and further down into Africa. Visiting UNICEF projects on the African continent along their way, they will come face-to-face with spectacular but unforgiving terrain, with rich cultures and unforgettable local characters. Ewan and Charley will test their endurance, biking skills and friendship to the limits on this amazing trip.
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(139mm x 127mm x 16mm)
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Two best friends set out on a road trip across Africa.British actors and bosom buddies McGregor and Boorman produced a surprise hit in 2004 with the fun-loving travelogue Long Way Round (2004), which chronicled the duo's adventures as they cruised around the globe on their motorcycles, making friends and delivering wisecracks along the way. They get the travel bug again here, but decide this time to point their headlights toward the often-discussed but seldom-experienced continent of Africa. The authors prepare for the trip in the United Kingdom by learning survival tactics: how to sweet-talk hostile army officers carrying AK-47s, etc. Regrettably, this proves to be the most exciting section of the book. Their preparations suggest hair-raising adventures to come, but what we get when they finally hit the road is more akin to a prosaic vacation. The format is familiar: two dudes on cycles overcoming the usual vehicular emergencies and chatting up the locals. But the narrative lacks energy. Libyan sandstorms and herds of indifferent elephants present some minor dangers, but the authors seem satisfied with simply describing the local scenery. Even their visits to AIDS clinics and UNICEF facilities feel like sterile public-service announcements. The book is redeemed somewhat by the sincerity of the authors, who are truly likable guys, even if their shtick has gotten a little old.An amusing, well-intentioned adventure story that forgot to add the adventure. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor first came to notice in Shallow Grave. Since then he has appeared in more than thirty films including Star Wars Episodes I and II and Trainspotting. Charley Boorman has appeared in films such as Excalibur, The Emerald Forest and, more recently, The Bunker.