When A.J Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World s End, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth.Determined not to fly It would feel like cheating , he sets out with a rucksack, some fireworks and a map of the world and trusts chance to take cWhen A.J Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World s End, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth.Determined not to fly It would feel like cheating , he sets out with a rucksack, some fireworks and a map of the world and trusts chance to take care of the rest By land and by sea, by train, truck, horse and yacht, he makes his way across the globe and through a series of hilarious adventures He survives a bus crash in Australia, marries a princess in Laos, is attacked by Komodo dragons and does time in a Chinese jail The next lift or the next near miss is always just a happy accident away.This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage, an old fashioned quest by a modern day adventurer.
The Well at the World s End When A J Mackinnon quits his job in Australia he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World s End a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters legend has it hold the
The Well at the World s End is a fabulous book Mackinnon is a romantic, a travel tragic and a superb raconteur all rolled into one, and I d love to have him as a guest at my next dinner party Back in the 1980s, Mackinnon set off from Australia on the obligatory see the world trip that most young Australians do His ambition in Scotland was to find the mythic well at the world s end and this book begins with his adventures in getting there as a penniless guileless young man On the way he met up wi [...]
Having previously enjoyed The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow I was not sure that Mackinnon could better it, but he certainly has In his second book, incidentally set earlier than Jack de Crow, Mackinnon sets off on a pilgrimage to Iona, where he had previously bathed in, not drunk, the waters from the Well of Eternal Youth Attempting to rectify this error, he departs from New Zealand in a journey that does not involve the impersonal comfort and speed of flying, but instead is a series of ship, [...]
Thoroughly enjoyable I am still left wondering why he had to START his trip from New Zealand instead of Australia, and wondering why the editors never picked up that minor detail either Also slightly annoyed with the ending of the trip But glad it s not your usual travel book that everyone seems to write these days where they fall in love with somebody, or some type of food, or foreign religion that gives them a new and obvious revalation to their life This book was filled with PURE adventure an [...]
At the age of 27, A J Sandy Mackinnon throws in his respectable job as a schoolteacher and sets off on a pilgrimage to drink from the Well of Eternal Youth In compliance with ancient legend, he must travel only by land or sea Given that he is beginning in New Zealand and his goal is a remote Scottish island, this is no easy task The Well at the World s End is the story of Mackinnon s miraculous journey across twelve time zones the miracle being that he lived to tell the tale at all.Now in his 40 [...]
The Well at the World s End is the best sort of travel memoir both funny and filled with adventure It records the author s youthful year long journey from New Zealand to Great Britain in 1990, during which he used every conveyance possible except an airplane Along the way, he got himself into numerous scrapes, including sneaking across the border into China and getting caught In each case, he talked, joked or performed amateur magic tricks to get out of trouble, leaving his fellow travelers and [...]
Having revelled in the author s company during our Unlikely Voyage in Jack de Crow, I was up for any adventure as I accompanied MacKinnon in this later book on his long 1990 march sail from South Australia to England We were off to a slow start in New Zealand but readers new to MacKinnon can be assured that the pace picks up at Darwin where our narrator and two other innocents are subjected to the whims of a psychopathic yachtowner as they cruise along the wild, crocodile infested coastal waters [...]
This is an enchanting travelogue and real life adventure story Sandy MacKinnon hails from Australia, and it is his wit, descriptive powers, and emphatically British tone that make this book so special As he travels around the world from Australia to Scotland by any form of transportation but airplane, boat, train, bus, legs we are right there with him His experiences trying to kill a catfish, get out of Laos into China, and countless other wild adventures, including a round with the Laurel and H [...]
Too, too much fun What a wonderful, surprising, funny, frustrating, whimsical, scary and utterly delightful trip I have been on Sandy read it to me himself, and I highly recommend the audio version though it takes much longer than reading it yourself Sandy left his teaching job in Adelaide to head to Iona, starting from New Zealand, by water or over land no flying allowed Such kind people he met, such terrible scrapes he got into, such beauty he experienced Sandy is a highly skilled storyteller, [...]
This was a quirky travel story by a young Australian schoolteacher This is definitely an off the main roads travel story with plenty of humour and many situations that made me wince When he looses his backpack with passport etc, he leaves it to the angels I d be in a total panic, but not this trusty and very intrepid author Travel from New Zealand to London by yacht, boat, train, bus and foot tells plenty of wild, very dumb and brave exploits.
A thoroughly delightful travel adventure Young man leaves New Zealand and wants to get to northern Scotland without any air travel He manages it Not easily And was he actually as delightfully naive as he reports Maybe maybe not But his journey was written in a quirky style with self deprecating humor and I was sad tonarrive at the journeys end with him.
Nearly stopped reading this but struggled through to the end Some funny stories in the travel blog style book and had a light and easy to read style The last section of the book seemed like a real rush Seemingly ridiculous decisions made along the way, but I guess I m risk averse that the main character author An okay read for me but not much .
An entertaining travel memoir in which the author gives up his job as an English teacher to travel to Iona in Scotland using any means of transportation except air Over the year of his travels he has some outrageous and often foolhardy experiences and meets some delightful characters all of which are described with self deprecating humor.
Great idea but disappointed I had the 1o CD talking book read by the author Never got past the 2nd CD Being totally sexist it sounded like a midday drama soapie Too much embroidery and not enough of actually getting to where he wanted to go to A shame as there maybe some good stories in there Maybe a very abridged CD would do it for me.
Master storytelling He leads you up a mountain, and you are halfway down before you realise you are naked Fantastic See my review of The unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow for This book deals with the time leading up to the Jack de Crow voyage, but was written some time after It is every bit as good and it will not matter which you read first.
Very enjoyable read, great adventures and philosophy.
Not as good as his other brilliant offering, The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow, but entertaining nonetheless.
Started and finished in just a couple of days while traveling myself I ve been left feeling a little inspired to cancel my flight home and jump onboard a freighter Absolutely brilliant adventure.
Not as good as his other book, The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow which is one of my all time favourites however, it was still an enjoyable read.
finished it in a week and loved it
a very enjoyable and funny book Lots of laughs
Wonderfully quirky travel book Highly recommend you read it.
The travel adventure that most of us dream of, sometimes foolish sometimes fearless and always enjoyabled well told