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Bypass: The Story of a Road (edition 2007)

by Michael McGirr (Author)

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All the dirt on the Hume Highway-SHANE MALONEY The Hume Highway runs from Sydney to Melbourne. Like all the great roads of the world, it is longer than it is wide. Flabby, unfit and forty, Michael McGirr decided to ride a pushbike from one end to the other. For most of his life, he had regarded the Hume as an obstacle to negotiate as quickly as possible. But Michael was discovering that middle age takes longer to do things. There's a good side to this: on a slow ride to Melbourne, Michael was overtaken by a strange cast of fellow travellers. He also had a chance to ponder the history of Australia's major thoroughfare, a road which winds through the story of bushrangers and bus drivers, politicians and poets, truckies and refugees. In McGirr's hands, however, the road is an occasion for both insight and comedy... And maybe even a fine romance. Give a man a road and he has a library - MARY GILMORE .… (more)
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Quite a lovely story, but quite disjointed and staccato. The author rode the length of the Hume Highway, a major Australian highway, and the stories of the people he met and the historical figures who have influenced the area were well drawn. However, often chapters would end halfway through an idea and there was no connection between them. Quite odd. Not a bad read though. ( )
  notmyrealname | Jul 5, 2008 |
It started great, told my about the orgins of the Hume Highway but the book sung into McGirr's personal life including his virginity due to being a priest. I didn't care about that, I wanted to read about the road. Shame. ( )
  woosang | Apr 4, 2007 |
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Give a man a road and he has a library
Mary Gilmore, Hound of the Road
Sancho answered, ‘There’s no road so smooth that it ain’t got a few potholes.’
Cervantes, Don Quixote
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Nobody had heard of Cliff Young.
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All the dirt on the Hume Highway-SHANE MALONEY The Hume Highway runs from Sydney to Melbourne. Like all the great roads of the world, it is longer than it is wide. Flabby, unfit and forty, Michael McGirr decided to ride a pushbike from one end to the other. For most of his life, he had regarded the Hume as an obstacle to negotiate as quickly as possible. But Michael was discovering that middle age takes longer to do things. There's a good side to this: on a slow ride to Melbourne, Michael was overtaken by a strange cast of fellow travellers. He also had a chance to ponder the history of Australia's major thoroughfare, a road which winds through the story of bushrangers and bus drivers, politicians and poets, truckies and refugees. In McGirr's hands, however, the road is an occasion for both insight and comedy... And maybe even a fine romance. Give a man a road and he has a library - MARY GILMORE .

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