Border Crossing: On the Road from Peking to Paris

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In the summer of 1907, a madcap brigade inaugurated the first international motor rally from Peking to Paris. The race included only five cars and their crews who wrote their agreed code of conduct on the back of a menu the night before the start. The only navigational aids were the sun and telegraph poles. Ninety years later, the race ran again.
Rosie Thomas and her companion, Phil Bowen a thirty-year old climber, pearl-diver, charter-boat skipper and photographer were two of those daring enough to go for the challenge. On 6 September 1997, an assembly 110 vintage cars gathered in Peking, with the finish line in Paris lying 45 days and 16,000 kilometres ahead halfway across the world. The excitement of the daily time challenge, the strange camaraderie, the test of sleeping outdoors, in flea-pit hotels, in foreign lands, is more than matched by Rosie's own internal journey, including a near death experience at the top of the Himalayas.

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A compelling narrative ... It is a measure of the success of this book that the reader is very nearly as reluctant to turn the last page (INDEPENDENT)

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A thrilling story (SCOTSMAN)

Inspirational and exciting ... brilliantly told (MARIE CLARE)

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* Bestselling novelist Rosie Thomas and a 1968 Volvo travel from NW5 across the roof of the world. For those who long to give it all up and pit themselves against the challenge of a truly exciting adventure.

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