At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer
toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in
the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was
With his manic life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy stretched before him what else would a middle-aged, bike obsessed, man want?
Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used cooking oil, wouldn't he? Preferably without getting hit by a semi-trailer full of bridge parts. Is he out of his mind? Quite possibly. Embark on a rollickingly, downright dangerous and often unhinged quest that starts on an environmentally friendly motorcycle built on a shoestring budget by students, and ends with a plan to break the motorcycle land speed record for bio fuel.
Carter is back to his old balls-to-the-wall style of writing, prepare to laugh out loud.
About The Author
Paul Carter was born in England in 1969. His father's military career had the family moving all over the world, re-locating every few years. Paul has worked in the oil industry now for fifteen years, re-locating every few years (old habits). Paul has lived, worked, gotten into trouble and been given a serious talking to in England, Scotland, Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Tunisia, Australia, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Columbia, Vietnam, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, USA and Saudi Arabia. Today he lives in Perth with his wife, baby daughter and two motorbikes. But who knows where he'll be tomorrow ... Paul's first two books are stories from his life on the rigs, Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse (A+U, 2005) and This Is Not a Drill (A+U, 2007).
If he wasn't in enough trouble, Carter had to try riding around Australia on a postman's bike powered by cooking oil. You can guess the rest. He is in conversation with Booktopia here.
""Relentlessly funny and obsessively readable." --Phillip Noyce, director of" The Quiet American "and" Clear and Present Danger "on" Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I Play Piano in a Whorehouse
|Derrick the Man||p. 5|
|Cover your Arse||p. 14|
|What Could Possibly Go Wrong?||p. 20|
|Panic Fest||p. 27|
|Bio what?||p. 48|
|The Bike the Universe Landed||p. 59|
|Getting to Know you||p. 79|
|There is no Plan B||p. 90|
|To Adelaide and Beyond||p. 109|
|Stage One: Green Fuel, White Knuckles||p. 125|
|Stage Two: Spiders||p. 139|
|Stage Three: Life Cycle||p. 161|
|Stage Four: Follow the Blood-Splattered Brick Road||p. 167|
|The Long Reach||p. 189|
|It only hurts When I Laugh||p. 208|
|Stage Five: Uneasy Rider||p. 229|
|Stage Six: Numb||p. 243|
|Stage Seven: Harder than you Think||p. 248|
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Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 27th October 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.257