Peter Moore has been described as the Jim Carrey of travel-writing,
and whoever boldly coined such a cunning comment actually isn't half wrong.
Anybody who has read any of Peter's genuinely madcap travel books, such as
The Wrong Way Home or The Full Montezuma, will surely agree, as he manages
to negotiate all manner of hair-raising trials and tribulations
whilst on the road, whether he's travelling overland from London to Sydney,
or exploring the wilds of Central America.
Peter is an Australian at heart and he's currently writing up a book of
some travel experiences that he's recently had around Australia, even
though he is currently resident in fair old London, right here in the UK.
Still, he's not one to settle down for long, especially when you consider
that he's visited in the region of one hundred different countries since
the travel bug well and truly bit.
Here, in between zany writing sessions for his forthcoming Crikey!
book about Oz, Peter chats to Steve Rudd about life on the road - Home and Away!...
Hi there Peter, how's it going?
Pretty good. Just finishing off a book about a trip I did around Australia.
My football team (Forest) just won. And Australia have made the World Cup.
All is well with the world!
So where have you been lately?
Well, I'm writing at the moment so it's just short trips for me - or fixes,
as I like to call them at the moment.
A week in Stockholm, a few days in Italy; nothing too exotic.
Of your three crazily epic overland journeys that you so hilariously documented
in your books The Wrong Way, The Full Montezuma and Swahili for the Broken Hearted.
Which one of those, on the whole, was the most fun/stressful/life enhancing?
They were all fun/stressful and life-enhancing but if I had to choose a
favourite it would be The Wrong Way Home where I travelled overland from
London to Sydney.
It took me through Europe, the Middle East, the Sub Continent,
South East Asia and Australia so it was a real mix of cultures and experiences.
But it was also the trip where I did some real crazy things -
sneaking into Afghanistan, visiting Bosnia during a cease-fire -
that I'm not sure how I survived.
I also had my prejudices turned on their head - I was expecting Iran
to be hard work but it turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the trip.
The people were pathologically hospitable.
Were you always fascinated by the magical art of travel from a very young age?
Not really. Our annual family holiday was six weeks in a caravan at
South West Rocks, a seaside town on the north coast of New S.Wales.
It wasn't until I was 19 that I got hooked on travel.
My dad was a plumber and a Seventh Day Adventist and was going to Vanuatu
in the Pacific to build a shower block for a mission school.
He took me along as a labourer and after we finished the headmaster took
us to a nearby island that was home to stone-age tribes called the Nambas.
All they wore was a red cloth around their penises and there were two
tribes - the Big Nambas and the Small Nambas.
(The only difference was the amount of red cloth they used!)
It was crazy and I've been hooked ever since.
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