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First Overland: London-Singapore by Land Rover [Kindle Edition]

Tim Slessor , Sir David Attenborough , Antony Barrington Brown
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"I think that this is the best travel book I have ever read." The Motor; "An altogether delightful book... written with humour and beguiling gusto." Times Literary Supplement; "Fifty years on, their journey and its telling have become both an epic and a classic." Sir David Attenborough


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 desrts of Persia; a few had even reached the plains of India. But no one had managed to go on from there: over the jungle clad mountains of Assam and across northern Burma to Thailand and Malaya. Over the last 3,000 miles it seemed there were ‘just too many rivers and too few roads’. But no-one really knew …In fact, their problems began much earlier than that. As mere undergraduates, they had no money, no cars, nothing. But with a cool audacity, which was to become characteristic, they set to work – wheedling and cajoling. First, they coaxed the BBC to come up with some film for a possible TV series. They then gently persuaded the manufacturers to lend them two factory-fresh Land Rovers. A publisher was even sweet-talked into giving them an advance on a book. By the time they were ready to go, their sponsors (more than 80 of them) ranged from whiskey distillers to the makers of collapsible buckets. In late 1955, they set off.Seven months and 12,000 miles later, two very weary Land Rovers, escorted by police outriders, rolled into Singapore – to flash bulbs and champagne. Now, fifty years on, their book, ‘First Overland’, is republished – with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough. After all, it was he who gave them that film.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A "must have" book! 9. April 2010
Von Alex H.
Dieses Buch gehört definitiv zur absoluten Grundausstattung eines jeden Overlanders! Sehr angenehm zu lesen, informativ und kurzweilig.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Muß !! 31. Juli 2015
Von Stephan
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Wenn man Landy Verückt ist, muß man dieses Buch einfach haben.
Es gehört genauso in den Schrank, wie das Werkstatt Handbuch !!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A darn good travel story 5. Mai 2005
Von Kiwi - Veröffentlicht auf
I just don't believe nobody has reviewed this book before me. But OK, lets cut to the chase. This was published back in 1957, and it's the story of six Oxford & Cambridge university students who picked up a couple of Land Rovers and drove overland from the UK to Singapore. The notable thing about this book is that these six were among the last known people to drive over the old Burma Road from Assam in India into northern Burma, & thence thru Burma to Thailand. An event that is covered by only a few pages in the book, but it's downright historical, because shortly afterwards Burma closed itself off and insurrections broke out among the the tribal people in Assam & the frontier district of India. As far as I can find out, nobody's driven through since.
The books well written in an "intrepid english adventurer" style and it's entertaining pretty much all the way through. My copies an old one, published in 1959, I have no idea if it's ever been republished but it's certainly worth the read if you can lay your paws on it and you like this kind of travel story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wheels across the world 2. August 2007
Von Campbell J. Ford - Veröffentlicht auf
I'm delighted that this classic of adventure travel has finally been republished for a new generation of "off-the-beaten-track" travel enthusiasts.
Back in 1958, when I was in my 20's, I bought a paperback edition of the book and read and re-read it until it literally fell apart. It inspired me and some friends to ship a VW Kombi van to Bombay in 1964, and then head off overland to London. It was perhaps the most exciting few months of my life, and gave me a lifelong fascination with the less-travelled roads of the world. May it also inspire you!
And now, along with this new edition of the book, Teeafit in the UK has released a DVD of the original colour movie footage that Slessor's crew took along their way to document their epic journey. Unreservedly recommended!
Just as a footnote, if you enjoy this book, you will also enjoy "Long Road to London" by Peter Jeans, who rode from Sri Lanka to London on a motor bike in 1963.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 5 stars is an understatement 3. März 2006
Von Jorge Shedden - Veröffentlicht auf
The book is as good as the comment from this gentleman in Canada, and more. It is one lesson of history after another of geography after another of sociology.

Yes, it has a new edition, with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough. ISBN 1-904955-14-2.

Get it if you are either a Land Rover enthusiast or simply enjoy well written travel stories.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic automotive story. 3. Dezember 2013
Von Mathew Guest - Veröffentlicht auf
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One of the best reads I have ever come across. A great travel story that had me making bonkers plans to do something similar late at night. Take the warning seriously, you will want a land rover after reading this… oh and maybe a nice cup of tea.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Read - Great to get a feel for Europe / Asia in the 50's 28. Februar 2013
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Eagerly anticipated from reviews I had read in 4wd mags. Interestingly less about the Landrovers and more about the journey and the peoples and politics along the way. It was fascinating to follow the journey on maps. Would have liked more detail about the personalities and the daily hardships.
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