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Pointless, risky, absurd. Yes, that is the beauty of it.

Absurdly determined to metamorphose themselves into a glossy photograph seen in a glossy magazine that caused a spark of desire within the tinder-dry kindling of their imagination, they were consumed with all that the photograph promised until that reality could be made theirs: to achieve all of the experience, the life's journey implied within it, to redefine their already long lives, to change themselves, to fast-track to the achievement of the decades of experience exemplified by those young adventurers in that glossy photograph in that glossy magazine.

What an absurd notion. For no other reason, it had to be: three quickly became five guys on heritage motorcycles, hooking up with an ex-Special Forces operative and a combat zone photographer to make it seven for a safari across the top of Africa. From Spain to Tangier, they traversed the Riff, navigated the Atlas Mountains, circled Cirque du Jaffar, and rode through the Gorges du Ziz. Rough-riding across Morocco has never been so much fun.

Wild camping on the way under star-spattered sky, across unforgiving terrain where luxury is a warm sleeping bag. In places where if you don't guard it you lose it, and where changing co-ordinates on a fast and furious basis makes good sense. Through oft sudden lows where the warmth of a Moroccan welcome exceeds the heat from black coffee, honeyed mint teas, or a meal from a hot tajine. Until dusty boots touch down on the sands of the Sahara at Erg Chebbi to witness a new dawn rise.
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Product details

  • Hardback
  • 148 x 210 x 31mm | 824g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 Colour illustrations
  • 1912576953
  • 9781912576951

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In the press: Octane magazine, Bike magazine (4 page article scheduled for March 2022).; Broadcasts - Author interviews: Talk Radio Europe, Adventure Rider Radio - podcasts/video on https://www.gbpublishing.co.uk/absurd
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About Keith Futcher

Keith Futcher is an island dweller by choice who lives in Georgetown, Penang, when not otherwise travelling, which takes a lot of his time - and has since his first breath. Born a son of the Royal Air Force, within earshot of the Lancaster Bombers of 617 Squadron The Dam Busters, followed by a childhood happily on deployment with his parents who lived at the whim of the Air Ministry, to be perpetually in transit seems - he says - to be the natural order of things. Two-thirds of his life lived abroad, mostly in South East Asia, results in a taste for the cosmopolitan that finds delight in peoples and places far and wide. Keith finds fascination and humour in all things and communicates in that manner to laughingly tell all who care to listen how delightfully absurd he finds the world at large. This is Keith's first book in his unique cigars-after-dinner storyteller style.
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