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A Middle-Eastern Journey That Will Really Get Your Motor Going!

Not All Sunshine & Sand: The Tales of a UK Middle-East Truck Driver

Originally born in The Rhondda, South Wales, Paul Rowlands' first job was with the Civil Service. However, a desire for new experiences and passion for driving and travel led him to make a career as a long-distance truck driver. Currently living in Ipswich, Suffolk, Paul continues to work as a trucker and fondly recalls his memories from his life as a roadie in his book, Not all Sunshine & Sand: The Tales of a UK Middle-East Truck Driver.

The book is a fantastic recollection of Paul’s many hair-raising experiences as a truck driver on the Middle-East run, from the man himself. Whilst some stories are humorous, some suggest cause for alarm, as the author recalls the camaraderie of the trucking fraternity. The book will surely appeal to other truck drivers and roadies who will be able to relate to the experiences Paul encountered on his travels, as it takes the reader on an enjoyable ride through foreign lands in the cab of a long-haul lorry. The story provides readers with an insider’s perspective on overland travel. The long-distance lorry driver deals with life in the raw, with many hardships and occasional comforts. Paul’s difficulties are tempered by the sheer beauty of mountain passes, lakeside stops and the generous hospitality of the people he meets. Trucking camaraderie has seen Paul through many a crisis, and he shares the belief that help is always at hand when a fellow driver encounters an issue.

Amazon awarded the first edition of this book with five out of five stars, explaining how the book “places you right in the driver’s seat” and is “difficult to put down”. One customer described the book as “a wonderful memoir... the book is light hearted and easy to read but at the same time it gives an excellent idea of the work involved”. A tremendous tale, in which run-ins with the locals, dramatic encounters with foreign drivers and mechanical problems seem the norm for a long-haul lorry driver. Paul Rowlands takes us into his world as a truck driver, initially around rural Suffolk and the rest of the UK, before embarking on the Middle East run.

If you are a current or former truck driver or simply a transport enthusiast, this book will be a must read for you. The new edition of the already hugely popular book includes 72 new photographs taken at the time of Paul’s travels, many of which have never been previously published. You can buy your very own copy of the book now from Old Pond Publishing – not one to be missed!

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