You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!

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Have you ever woken up in the sultry heat of the morning, your hair and beard teeming with maggots? Have you ever felt the cold barrel of a semi automatic gun against your forehead?

When Danny Bent cycled 15,000 kilometres from the UK to India to raise money for ActionAid, it was a decision that took twenty years and one minute. For twenty years he had wanted to do something to raise money for charity. The one minute was when as their teacher he was put on the spot by his pupils...

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Overview

Have you ever woken up in the sultry heat of the morning, your hair and beard teeming with maggots? Have you ever felt the cold barrel of a semi automatic gun against your forehead?

When Danny Bent cycled 15,000 kilometres from the UK to India to raise money for ActionAid, it was a decision that took twenty years and one minute. For twenty years he had wanted to do something to raise money for charity. The one minute was when as their teacher he was put on the spot by his pupils and declared that the means was by bike, and he was going to India.

What he had signed up for was slogging along roads with trucks bearing down on him, unable to see and choking in the smog; shooting down treacherous descents with 100 foot drops, shaking with cold and too numb to brake; muscle burn and saddle sores; delirium and food poisoning; thirst and malnutrition; foul and insanitary conditions; life-threatening crises; obstructive border guards, crazed dogs and inquisitive passers-by.

'You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!' is a real and compelling blow-by-blow account of Danny's trip across Europe, the former Soviet Republics, Russia, China, Pakistan and India. And what people he met! They are the true delight of this book, mostly charming, sometimes reckless, occasionally threatening, always unpredictable, and forever inviting Danny to be up for the challenge of entertaining them, in one instance by dancing in front of a packed stadium, in another by eating sheep's brains in a local night market.

Danny turns the wheels, you turn the pages. The pace is relentless. The story is both heart-stopping and heart-warming. The arrival is breakdown-and-cry emotional. And there's loads of fun and wonderment along the way too.

What a book! What a ride! Live your dream. Go for it, Danny.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780996015219
  • Publisher: Danny bent Ltd
  • Publication date: 8/2/2014
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 700,410
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Danny loves hugs. What better way to go about getting lots of hugs than travelling the world living your dreams and helping others live theirs?

He competed for Great Britain at Triathlon, cycled to India on a whim, and set up the 'Live your dreams' foundation to raise funds for charity. Motivating people to be the best version of themselves is Danny's passion and trade. Living dreams, facing fears, and loving yourself, others and life with abandon are his tool kit.

Danny writes books, climbs trees, breaks records, dances like a child and snorkels in bogs. He considers his positivity and smile his two greatest assets - he's a people person extraordinaire.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    A hard road to travel, a wonderful book to read .....

    There is one word, in my opinion, to describe Danny Bent's 'You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir' - honest.

    It started with the desire of a teacher in a school in the UK to go to teach in a school in India. "Oh, how will you get there, Sir?" asked one of the children. It was an innocuous question, you might think, except that Danny had been educating his class all about the environmental consequences of using different types of transport, and planes had been described as being a very bad idea indeed - they even merited a poster with a great big red cross all over it. The humble bicycle, on the other hand, that was environmentally-friendly. Gulp! Well, could Danny destroy all his pupils' trust in one lazy and inconsiderate action? No, he couldn't. It was time to get on his bike and peddle away - peddle a very long way, in fact.

    He decided to get his trip sponsored for the benefit of Action Aid and, in turn, for the benefit of a women's group in India which was oppressed but had great potential if given an honest chance.

    His stories strike me as being entirely honest too. I didn't get the impression that anything was made up, or even played up, although a great deal happened. Luckily for us, Danny has a bit of the Peter Ustinovs about him when it comes to being a raconteur, and he also has the late Mr. Ustinov's cheerful clubability which resulted in his being sucked into far more local activities than would be open to many of us. So, sort of imagine Peter Ustinov on a bike. No, that doesn't work at all. Imagine a very slim bearded ginger-headed guy on a bike telling you entertaining and emotional stories of endurance, delight and derring-do.

    And what stories! I don't suppose that all books recording the events of great adventures need to masquerade as how-to guides, but if you ever need to know how to drink goat soup made with pestilent water and survive the resultant food poisoning, or how to speed away from a determined bandit with a whip when 4,000 metres above sea level and suffering from oxygen deprivation, or how not to freeze to death camping out in the open during a Central Asian winter, or how to stay calm when a gun is pointing into your eyes or people all around you are staggering around with blood gushing from their heads, or how to go to the toilet in an exceedingly disgusting public utility bare-bottomed and open to the scrutiny of the entire town, or how to 'skitch', this is exactly the book for you.

    As Danny crosses Central Asia, you realise just how tame Western Europe is, given that his toughest task there was to find a shop open in Belgium on a public holiday, but I also came to the conclusion that I wasn't planning to visit some of the 'Stan' countries of Eastern Europe in an armoured car escorted by a tank division any time soon, never mind on a bike. Better Danny than me. He has the guts, he has the drive, he has the insanity and he has the warmth of heart that brought out the generous, friendly and hospitable best from so many people he met along the way.

    Indeed, that is the real lesson of Danny's book - that people across the world are decent and willing to go to huge lengths to help in a crisis, or even without one.

    Go it, Danny. Live your dream!

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Very Enjoyable

    This was a fun and inspirational book. I can't imagine doing what the author did, and it made for a very enjoyable story.
    The only drawback was his occasional political interjections, which added nothing to the story. But they were few and far between, so it wasn't a big deal.
    Overall, an excellent book. I'd highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    This book is "good" at best. How does a person pedal

    This book is "good" at best. How does a person pedal a bike 15000km (9300 miles) through England, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, all of the 'stans and end up in India without including a single photograph? He had a camera with him and he used it.

    I enjoyed most of it, but at times I almost quit. I admire Danny Bent for accomplishing the trip and bring awareness to ActionAid, but next time Danny, get a professional author to help you write about it.


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  • Posted December 12, 2012

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    I received a free copy of this novel for my honest review. Afte

    I received a free copy of this novel for my honest review. After Danny Bent almost dies after falling off of a cliff, he gets this striking revelation that his life isn’t going the way he wanted it to. He pretty much returns home to his 3rd grade class to tell them he’s going away to teach kids in India. They ask how he’ll get there, he says fly, then sees the lesson he’d taught the kids on being green, how much pollutants planes give off in our environment. He changes his answer before completely thinking it through and says cycling. He ends up living his dream, cycling around the world for charity. This is a story of his journey from England to India, the people he encountered, the cultural differences and his adventures. The story was pretty interesting and filled with historical information on the areas he’d passed through, but not as much as I would have liked. All in all a great adventure!

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