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Cycling Home from Siberia

Rob Liwall
Hodder & Stoughton


‘It is late October, and the temperature is already -40C...My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight; empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts and packs of ravenous, merciless wolves.'

In 2004 Rob Lilwall arrived in Siberia equipped only with a bike and a healthy dose of fear. CYCLING HOME FROM SIBERIA recounts his epic three and a half year, 30,000 mile journey back to England via the forboding jungles of Papua New Guinea, an Australian cyclone and Afghanistan's war-torn Hindu Kush.

A gripping story of endurance and adventure, this is also a spiritual journey giving a poignant insight into life on the road in some of the world's toughest corners.


An enjoyable account of a young man's need to prove and find himself although not many would take such an extreme way to do it. Read it this way, not as a travel book, nor as an in-depth psychological insight.

It is a well written, modern, very personal blog style report on his travels, sometimes preoccupied with his feelings, at other times with the terrain he is passing through, or the political and cultural differences, but always with the people he meets and at the core his growing religious commitment.

It will be interesting to see if and what he produces next.


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