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George Mahood is an award-winning writer. Specifically, he was placed third in the Little Brington Village Fete's limerick competition (Under 11s category) in 1988. It was the same year that Mrs Marriott's legendary fruit loaf was beaten in the WI cake contest for the first time in six years. George studied Communication Studies and English Literature at Leeds University. After spending a year travelling in the USA (with clothes and money), he worked for several years in a variety of jobs including charity fund-raising and garlic bread making. He currently works as a photographer, specialising in weddings. George has been the lead singer and guitarist of a rubbish band and the chairman and midfielder of an awful Sunday-league football team. George has plenty more madcap ideas that will form the basis of future books. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook to keep in touch, see more photos, and to hear about future projects. http://www.facebook.com/georgemahood http://www.twitter.com/georgemahood

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  • File Size: 2986 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085W00M8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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George Mahood is an award-winning writer. Specifically, he was placed third in the Little Brington Village Fete's limerick competition (Under 11s category) in 1988. It was the same year that Mrs Marriott's legendary fruit loaf was beaten in the WI cake contest for the first time in six years.

George studied Communication Studies and English Literature at Leeds University. After spending a year travelling in the USA (with clothes and money), he worked for several years in a variety of jobs including charity fund-raising and garlic bread making. He currently works as a photographer, specialising in weddings. George has been the lead singer and guitarist of a rubbish band and the chairman and midfielder of an awful Sunday-league football team.

George has plenty more madcap ideas that will form the basis of future books. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook to keep in touch, see more photos, and to hear about future projects.

http://www.facebook.com/georgemahood
http://www.twitter.com/georgemahood
http://www.georgemahood.com

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Kent Peterson on November 28, 2012
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George Mahood is the sort of chap you'd like to have a beer with. Actually, I think he's the kind of fellow you'd find yourself buying a beer for after just the briefest of conversations. I say this having never met the man but I feel like I've just had the adventure of a lifetime with my new pal after having read his very funny and surprisingly inspirational book Free Country.

Free Country tells the true story of two young men, George and his friend Ben, who decide to cycle the length of Britain from Land's End to John O Groats. While this ambitious journey has been undertaken by many others, none have done it in quite the same way as George and Ben. Because, you see, they begin with nothing. Well, not quite nothing, they each have a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts (and George later confesses, a camera, a notebook, a pencil and stack of cards containing the words "I am OFFICIALLY a very nice person.")

Over three weeks in September, with a vow to spend no money they wander their way north like the maddest of monks on the most quixotic of quests. What they find along the way is a country filled with very interesting people, a great number of whom are very nice. Ben and George manage, through charm, wit, fast talking and willingness to do tasks ranging from cleaning, to loading onions to singing for their suppers, to acquire clothes, food, bicycles and someplace to sleep every night. It is a wonderful adventure and very, very funny. George is a great observer of life and a very witty writer and he and Ben bicker throughout the journey in the way that only true friends can. A few quotes will give you the flavor of this delightful book:

`Yeah. There's a place called Neilston in another ten miles.' `Ten miles? Are you kidding me?' asked Ben. `Err, no.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. Zartman on March 20, 2013
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George Mahood writes with an engaging style, the adventure is preposterously wonderful, and the book is a fun read. I knocked off a few stars for the vulgarity, and as the writing gives witness to the author's delightfully wide vocabulary, I saw no need for so much of it. He includes a little too much information about pain in his private parts as well--it was his choice of bicycle seat, after all. I also grew weary of his calling Ben a wuss so frequently when Ben pedaled just as far on a donated bike, put up with all George's rules, and slept and ate under the same conditions. Both of these young men possess a great sense of adventure, as well as a good supply of creativity, charm, humor, and incredible perseverance. My hat is off to both of them, and with the exception of the few details mentioned above, I recommend the book.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Kuekes on February 16, 2013
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Without duplicating the comments of other reviewers, let me just say that the book gives you a feeling for the real Britain and has some laugh-out-loud passages. And the Kindle edition is fairly priced (other publishers, take note). It will help American readers to know a few British terms. Right from the first sentence, you need to know that British pants = American underpants. British trainers = American sneakers. I had to look up "chip butties" (French-fry-and-ketchup sandwiches, which restores my faith in British cuisine). As for Ben's ill-timed remark that he will "roger" Mrs. Rogers, you can look that one up yourself ...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wussyboy on February 6, 2014
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Many great travelogues have at their centre a streak of insanity - what made this couple uproot from cosy Surrey and start keeping bees in Roumania? What made this family of seven want to sail the Pacific Ocean in a dinghy? `Free Country' takes this insanity to a whole new level - two barmy Brits decide to bike-ride the full length of the UK, from Land's End to John O'Groats, in just three weeks - with no clothing (except the boxer shorts they stand up in), no food, no money...and no bikes. "Why??" you might ask."What special kind of madness is this??" The simple answer is: `to prove the kindness of strangers.' Britain is not broken, the author (and friend Ben) have us believe. We are not a nation that has lost sight of basic values of humanity and kinship, there lies within everyone the desire to help others. And so the plucky twosome plunge into their 1000 mile journey without money and provisions, relying entirely on the mercy and generosity of strangers to get them through.
Starting out with one trainer and half a pair of socks, graduating to a pair of wellies four sizes too small and six pairs of the biggest socks in existence, the pair acquire a scooter and a mini BX and are on their way! What follows is the road trip to end all road trips - a kind of Around the World in Eighty Days meets Around Ireland with a Fridge - with a bevy of colourful characters (crazy, pizza-tossing Arek, even crazier phone-freak Roobals, Glastonbury-legend Michael Eavis) and, for me at least, a belly-laugh on practically every page. My favourite line? `It is bloody cold and windy on the top of a mountain in a pair of silky shorts and a T-shirt.' Well yeah, it must be!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dampants on July 16, 2012
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What a great read. Couldn't put the book down. And what am amazing group of people you meet on the way. I now want The Falcon!
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