Is That Thing Diesel? : One Man, One Bike and the First Lap Around Australia on Used Cooking Oil
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 he f**k!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.
- Paperback | 276 pages
- 132.08 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
- 01 Sep 2011
- Allen & Unwin
- Sydney, Australia
""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 ""Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell." John Birmingham, author, " Weapons of Choice "on" Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I Play Piano in a Whorehouse" ""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"
About Paul Carter
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). www.paulcarterauthor.com