A Short Ride in the Jungle: the Ho Chi Minh Trail by Motorcycle
Having returned from the mud and jungles of Southeast Asia Antonia set about the equally hard task of penning a book about her adventure. Six months, 100,000 words, five hundred cups of Earl Grey and four hundred dog walks later, she handed in her tome to her publishers, Summersdale.
Here’s what a few people have said about it…..
‘Compassionately but without sentimentality, Ants describes lands victimised in the recent past by militarism at its worst and now assaulted by consumerism at its most ruthless. She also provides many entertaining vignettes of eccentrics met en route, disasters narrowly avoided and happy encounters with kind people in remote regions of wondrous beauty. I enormously enjoyed every page.’ Dervla Murphy, Irish travel writer
‘Truly wonderful…a lovely book, very much after my own heart.’ Ted Simon, author Jupiter’s Travels.
‘A beautifully written tale teeming with descriptive gems and wickedly funny anecdotes, all delivered in an earthy, self-effacing style that has the words spilling off the page. Utterly absorbing and impossible to put down. A traveller’s delight and classic-to-be!’ Jason Lewis, author and the first person to circumnavigate the planet by human power alone
‘A jaw-dropping adventure, part travelogue, part thriller….an adrenaline-fuelled, fascinating ride.’ Cosmopolitan magazine.
‘Fantastic.’ Overland Magazine.
‘Exceptionally well researched…personal, emotional…perfectly written, demonstrating just how travel by motorbike can be used to inform, educate and entertain the reader… a great book.’ Adventure Bike Rider magazine.
‘Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent’s new book is a gripping travelogue which is at once both intimate and worldly-wise. Honest in her bravery (and brave in her honesty), she recounts a thrilling journey, not just through the splendour of South-East Asian landscapes, but also through the horror of Southeast Asian history – all atop the seat of the world’s most iconic motorbike.’ Charlie Carroll, author of No Fixed Abode
‘Ants has pulled off not only a demanding and original adventure but a great read too. A Short Ride in the Jungle informs and entertains in just the right measures, taking the reader on an action packed journey through Southeast Asia’s trails and jungles, as well its equally torrid history.’ Lois Pryce, Motorcycle Adventurer and Author
‘An epic book about an epic trail. Bolingbroke-Kent captures the sights, sounds and colour of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail in all its surviving glory. And she captures it the only realistic way – on the back on an ageing motorbike.’ Kit Gillet, Journalist and Videographer
To see lots of lovely reader reviews on Amazon please click here.
The book was released in April 2014 and is available on Amazon and all major UK bookshops, as well as on Kindle. It was also published by Road Dog in the USA in 2016, so an American version is available for y’all over the pond too. It is also available at selected outlets worldwide i.e. in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, South Africa, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
In June 2020 an audio version of the book was released. Narrated by Antonia, the book is available on Audible. Google Play, Apple and a number of other audio book platforms.
A story from the book features in the best-selling anthology Tough Woman, released in 2020.
But by far the best option is to buy a signed copy direct from Antonia, so please grab one here!