Described by some as "genius", "exquisite prose" "wonderfully surreal" and "Marmite", for a short time you can buy the book for less than a fiver and make up your own mind.
Highly recommended by the Ted Simon Foundation and Overland Magazine, the latter writing "Notes from the Road Volume IV’ is an observational classic, the author's acerbic wit pin sharp". The book describes a summer journey across west, central and eastern Europe without a map and little comprehension of road signs. Twenty seven beautifully written chapters to stimulate and amuse; whilst on a deeper note Ukraine's revolutions are revisited.
The book slips neatly into a wax jacket pocket; doubles as a notebook for your own journey.
"Suddenly a piece of music or art or literature can arrive on the scene that becomes a landmark for it's genre and becomes a must hear, see or read. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Jupiter's Travels were landmarks and now Notes From The Road by Derek Mansfield is the latest. Multi layered prose offering insightful counterpoint of humour, excitement and tragedy combined in an almost subliminal thread of adventure that we can relate to, or aspire to. A unique and beautifully packaged reading experience."
Colin Overland, Ride Magazine:
"Derek Mansfield has a refreshingly, sometimes unnervingly different approach to writing. In very few words he conjures up those fleeting moments and random conversations, capturing the essence of what makes travelling in general and travelling by motorcycle in particular so wonderful. A treat."
"I loved it… one of the best written books I’ve read… humorous, adventurous, informative. Exquisite writing… amazing …Well recommended.
"I really like being surprised. When it's by a tale of travel and motorcycling, so much the better! This book is like Dr Who’s Tardis! It’s small on the outside but big and unique on the inside. I learned, I laughed, I sympathised and I was surprised. It’s very easy to give the book 5 stars."
"I love adventure and true stories and I ride so I had to buy this book, i love it not put it down yet really interesting and makes me laugh and cry. Nice easy read. Came beautifully packaged - big thumbs up makes me want to travel and would make a great gift too
"Probably one of the best travel books available. This is a real treat, heartfelt and inspiring... Derek Mansfield is definitely up there with Ted Simon and the comedy of Terry Pratchett, a brilliant read and an inspiring tale. Personally wrapped and sealed with a very kind message, great for gifts."
"The cover reminds me of a little leather notebook I often carry. I don't write or draw in it very often, but when I do it will be something I value. Derek has a gift of being able to ramble concisely. This volume is at once packed with flavour yet light enough to hunger for more. Like my Mom's lemon soufflé, to be enjoyed at any time. A single spoonful, or the whole thing! Open it up and enjoy the journey. Some of the best things come in small packages."
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