If you want to understand the point of adventure and the way it can glue families together, listen to Mark Swain describing his hellish night of suffering half-way through an extraordinary 10,000-mile bike ride to Japan. --Nicholas Roe, The Telegraph
The story of a great journey, packed with vivid descriptions of landscapes and the ups and downs of life experienced from the saddle. --Christopher J A Smith
About the Author
Mark Swain was born in Singapore in 1958, where his father was stationed in the RAF. He has lived in many countries, and as a young man found it hard to break the habit of a nomadic life, spending a great deal of his youth hitchhiking around Europe.
With a low boredom threshold, Mark has had dozens of jobs and quite a few careers, but only one wife. Studying Graphic Design at Hastings College of Art, he soon joined the Army in search of adventure. At one point he found himself travelling the world on the QE2 as a silver-service waiter and going to the Falklands war.
As a TEFL teacher, he went to Tokyo in 1984, where he met his wife Lorna. Between then and now, Mark has run a language business in Barcelona, customised VW Beetles, worked as a systems analyst and completed a degree in 3D design. Eventually he stood still long enough to set up a risk management and business training company. At 54, when not writing, he still works as a management consultant and trainer for Systems2 Consulting Ltd, the company he founded in 1998. He sleeps little, yet there are never enough hours in his day.
Mark and his wife Lorna have three grown-up children and live in Canterbury, Kent. He plans to repeat his cycle trip with his grandchildren, when they arrive.