- Autobiography recommendations
I prefer the older adventures….
A World of my own Robin Knox Johnson
The Lonely Sea and the Sky Francis Chichester (grumpy bugger but amazing all the same)
The Brendan Voyage Tim Severin
The kon tiki expedition Thor Heyerdahl
Newer stuff like Born to Run Christopher McDougal, Bold Man of the Sea Jim Shekhar The Flying Scotsman Graeme ObreePosted 4 months agoWillHMember
+ 1 more for First Light. Riveting and humbling in equal measure.
Legionnaire: Five Years in the French Foreign Legion, Simon Murray. A guy who joined the Legion out of boredom back in the sixties, follows his years in service.
In search of Captain Zero, Alan Weisbecker – a road trip through Central America to find a missing friend.
A short walk in the Hindu Kush, Eric Newby. An Englishman and his mate go off to Afghanistan on a bit of a whim to be the first to climb a major peak there, despite not being mountaineers.
Currently reading Chickenhawk, following a recommendation on a previous STW book thread. It’s excellent so far.Posted 4 months agoYoKaiserSubscriber
Fallen Angel the Fausto Coppi book. Probably my favourite cycling bio. Though A Dog in a Hat also very good.
Second, Mad,Bad and dangerous to Know and Jupiter’s Travels. Especially JT, great snapshot of the world as it was.
And not within your criteria but Chuck Yeager bio very good.Posted 4 months agoMalvern RiderMember
If you like indie music “Head-On/Repossessed” was the first one I thought of as well!
Snap. One of my fave two books ever.
*Also ticks ‘limits of human endurance’ if you count the frankly terrifying road-trip game of ‘sock’ and also (possibly) the nocturnal power-walking disaster he experienced in Tamworth 😂🤣Posted 4 months ago
How about some good, old-fashioned rock’n’roll debauchery? Just finished Moby’s autobiography and its brilliant. Really interesting. He doesn’t hold back either. I imagine there are a few less than happy people reading the book
I always thought he was quite clean living with all his promotion of veganism and stuff. How wrong I was. Turns out he was a right rum’un. A monumental appetite for drugs and vodka and would shag owt with a pulse. But the account of his descent into paranoia and suicidal depression is pretty harrowing
Posted 4 months agoBigJohnSubscriber
A couple of years ago I got to the airport and found I’d left my books at home. In desperation I bought the Geraint Thomas and Sue Perkins books. I found them both excellent, and perfect holiday reading. Others I have enjoyed include Frank Skinner, Mark Radcliffe and, of course, Danny Baker.Posted 4 months ago
But far and away the most unintentionally hilarious was “North Country Squire” by Sir John Craster. A vanity project written by a deluded, self important aristocrat and makes Jacob Rees Mogg look like Rab C Nesbitt.trail_ratMember
Tim Moore’s books always review well.
Does he put brown envelopes in his review books ?
I find them very forced and hard to read and inevitably give up.
Charley boormans race to dakar is good. And by any means is quite good too.
Paul Howard’s two wheels on my wagon is a great insight into how someone went from zero to tour divide completion in short time.
Yes JT being a snap shot of the world of that era is why I like it. I travel alot -j go through areas where he traveled and while some of it sounds familiar you wouldn’t travel in some of those areas as a lone traveler on a motorcycle in this day and age – which is a huge shame.
Wiggins my time was another good one- I don’t particularly like cyclists auto biogs as they can be quite dry but wiggos and even froomes are both quite good reads.
David Millars racing through the dark was quite a hard read but because of the turmoil and heartwrenching he went through when he hit bottom rather than it being boring. But you had to be in the right frame of mind to read it.Posted 4 months ago
Others I have enjoyed include Frank Skinner, Mark Radcliffe and, of course, Danny Baker.
Frank Skinners biography is absolutely brilliant. The stories of his pre-telly days when he was doing stand up around the midlands working mens clubs, while a barely functioning alcoholic, are both hilarious and heartbreaking.
One of the few books that had me regularly laughing out loud
And if you want utter and complete debauchery then this is the pinnacle:
Though the old adage applies. Its all fun and games until somebody gets killed. It goes from utter lunacy to being very poignant, very quickly. Very much a book of two halvesPosted 4 months ago
Tony Hawks’ (not the skater) has done a few good ones. I’ve read the first four, but not the recent stuff.
Posted 4 months ago
Round Ireland with a Fridge: His first book was an account of his attempt to hitchhike around Ireland with a fridge to win a bar bet. It sold over 800,000 copies.
Playing the Moldovans at Tennis: His second book, also the result of a drunken bet (with the comedian Arthur Smith), this time involved an attempt to beat each member of the Moldova national football team in a game of tennis, based on the theory that people good at one sport aren’t necessarily good at others.
One Hit Wonderland: His third book, describes his attempt, over 10 years after his first, to write a second hit song. This culminates in him performing on Albanian television with Norman Wisdom and Tim Rice.
A Piano in the Pyrenees: The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains: An account of his purchase of a house in the Pyrenees in the south of France, after deciding that the two things he wanted in life were to meet his soul mate, and to purchase an “idyllic house abroad somewhere abroad”.
The Fridge Hiker’s Guide to Life.
Once Upon a Time in the West…Country 
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