Trucking in English

Trucking in English

by Carolyn Steele


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Almost Ice Road Truckers, except for the tulip bulbs...

"So here's the plan. I'm going to train to drive a truck and go long-haul. I can get paid and maybe write a book at the same time. What do you reckon?"

"Go for it Mum, how bad can it be?"

This is the tale of what happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to actually drive 18-wheelers across North America instead of just dreaming about it. From early training (when it becomes apparent that negotiating 18 wheels and 13 gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in) this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker. She learns how to hit a moose correctly and how to be hijacked. She is almost arrested in Baltimore Docks and survives a terrifying winter tour of The Rockies.

Nothing goes well, but that's why there's a book.

Trucking in English began as a blog from the cab and became a popular podcast before taking book form. It is part of Carolyn's 'Armchair Emigration' series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480262812
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2012
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Carolyn has been a psychologist, a paramedic, a proof reader and several other things, not all of them beginning with P. A trucker, for example.

She began writing the day she decided to try and see the world...doing both just to find out if she could. It made a change from teaching CPR to nightclub bouncers and designing wedding cakes. When excerpts from her first travelogue were published by the Rough Guides she decided to keep on doing both.

Carolyn maintains that she is either multi-faceted or easily bored, depending on who is enquiring. Born and bred in London, England, Carolyn and her son Ben are now Canadian citizens and live permanently in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written page turner with a sense of humor and adventure, also an eye toward detail. This is a lucid story of transformation, interesting in itself and inspiring to those thinking of going into the trucking life. Buy it! :-)
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that TRUCKING IN ENGLISH by Carolyn Steele is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
What a great job, right? Cruising the open road, traveling all over North America, and getting paid for it. There have been times when I’ve thought this would be the perfect job for me. A few stints driving the biggest truck Uhaul rents, which are half the size of a typical 18-wheeler, and a few horror stories from a former brother-in-law who is a trucker, hinted that this profession might not be as easy as it looks. Carolyn Steele completed the task of convincing me this might not be the job for me. This humorous account of Steele’s time as a trucker, from truck driving school and on into her time as a long-haul trucker, is an adventure I enjoyed experiencing the easy way, vicariously. It gave me a new level of respect for those who practice this profession, and you can be sure I’ll be giving those 18-wheelers a wide berth when I’m on the road. Not only a fun read but, for anyone considering a career as a trucker, a must read. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
CSmith0 More than 1 year ago
Well, I am also a female truck driver, just from the US instead of Canada! It was fun to see that the stuff that goes on here is not blocked by national borders. I have never laughed so hard, the memories this book brought back...hanging from the hood ornament (while trying to open the "bonnet"), backing into impossible places, lack of food and sleep. the list is endless. I loved her description of crossing the border, from dealing with port authority, I know she is telling the truth. Some of the questions they come up with are amazing. Paperwork is also fun! And finding a place to park in the middle of the night is a test of nerves. I never saw a moose but the effect of light on Elk is the same, you only know they are there when they move. I think this book should be read by ANYONE even considering a job as a truck driver. Her account is accurate, and gives a true view of the exciting world of OTR truck driving. 10-hour breaks are great, if you actually get them. And according to actual practice, showers, sleep and food are not really needed by truck drivers, just the people in the office and at the shop. Great Book! Can't wait for her next job/book!