Long Way Down, Paperback Book
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After their fantastic trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. And after an inspirational UNICEF visit to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth. And so they set off on their 15,000-mile journey with two new BMWs loaded up for the trip.

Joining up with producer/directors Russ Malkin and David Alexanian and the Long Way Round team, their route took them from John O'Groats at the northernmost tip of Scotland to Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of South Africa.

Riding through spectacular scenery, often in extreme temperatures, Ewan and Charley faced their hardest challenges yet.

With their trademark humour and honesty they tell their story - the drama, the dangers and the sheer exhilaration of riding together again, through a continent filled with magic and wonder.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Section: 48, colour
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780751538953

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I bought this book in the airport in Amsterdam, on my home from Tanzania, since my partner and I had talked aboutre-watching the Tanzanian segments of the Long Way Down TV show. I finished it before landing in Boston, it's a quick read. Some nice background to the TV show, a bit more detail in spots (I don't think they showed a segment with Richard Branson), but it didn't feel as involved as the Long Way Round book (granted, that was a much longer trip). I was giggling over a couple of comments that I could now relate to (outdoor bathrooms next to / on Kilimanjaro do indeed have the best view). I still appreciate the fact that they don't hide the hard parts, but the interpersonal conflict is handled delicately.

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