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First Overland av Tim Slessor
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First Overland (utgåvan 2005)

av Tim Slessor

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:First Overland
Författare:Tim Slessor
Info:Signal Books Ltd (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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First Overland: London-Singapore by Land Rover av Tim Slessor

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  mark_read | Aug 13, 2020 |
London-Singapore by Land Rover - why not? Now regarded as a classic travel book, and available in reprint, as well as audio format, for the 50th anniversary of the expedition. Some interesting background material, including maps and press coverage, at http://www.firstoverland.com.
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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.

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