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Is That Thing Diesel?: One Man, One Bike and the First Lap Around Australia on Used Cooking Oil Paperback – September 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741757029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741757026
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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Paul has settled down with a wife and a baby daughter, no more life risking adventures on remote oil rigs for him that readers of Don't Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse and his sequel This Is Not a Drill: Just another glorious day in the oilfields will be familiar with. Is Paul content? No! Growing more and more restless, Paul decides he has to do something. He decides he'll ride a motorbike around Australia. However this is done by plenty of people and isn't really a big enough challenge or justification to leave his wife and kid for the time it takes. So Paul sets off on a motorbike that runs on used cooking oil designed by the University of Adelaide on a circular journey around Australia. Betty (the bike) isn't too powerful and can reach a maximum speed of around 80km on the flat roads and less on hills and mountains. It's no smooth ride and other road users aren't too happy to be stuck behind him and aren't averged to abusing or throwing things at him. Of course it wouldn't be a Paul Carter tale, if plenty of stuff didn't go wrong along the way.

Two thirds of this book covers the trip, the first few chapters have a few other stories such as a drunk fan at a book signing for his previous books, turning up to the airport for an important must catch flight without a valid driver's licence, the birth of Lola his daughter, living with an eccentric cat and having a cockroach crawl into his ear canal.
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A good adventure story not as funny as some of his other books but a good light read afternoon well spent
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Honest, authentic, & hilarious. Whilst I'm a traveller and rider too, I probably exhibit as a Ducati a Rooster, mores the shame.
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The description of his adventurous ride is so real. I have ridden much of the territory Paul describes but 40 years ago when the roads were more indifferent. His bike so unique and an adventure in itself. My advantage has been that he made me relive my adventures from those bigone days, including being joined by a dozen so called bikeys who turned out to be just ordinary folk. Any one considering purchasine this work might be well advised to get the audio version read by Paul himself
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By Chris W on May 14, 2013
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I preferred the earlier autobiographical stuff. Just as many close passes by the grim reaper but it felt very thin and uninteresting all the same.
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