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The Serious Road Trip book


Hardback book with 321 pages, 100 colour photos and two maps. Price includes standard packaging and postage within New Zealand.

A true story set in the early-mid 1990s. It started as an exciting OE and led to a group of Kiwi friends setting up a colourful humanitarian organisation called The Serious Road Trip, known as ” the most rock ‘n roll aid organisation” delivering food and fun to orphans in Romania and orphans, refugees and people caught up in the Bosnian and Croatian war. They even helped transport Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) into the besieged city of Sarajevo for an epic concert, which is the subject of a recent movie ” Scream for me Sarajevo”. Consequently he offered to write the foreword. This is a gripping first person account told from the perspective of Simone who was a co-founder and involved in many aspects of the group as well as  performing in therapeutic shows for all they encountered. She reflects on the many emotions and situations faced as a Kiwi in her mid-twenties travelling by red double-decker bus, colourful land-rover, combi or truck into unfamiliar situations in a changing world. The Iron Curtain was falling through countries that had been restricted through communism and the Cold War and this was not always an easy process, but Simone and her friends constantly adapt. Their upbeat Kiwi manner allowed them to respond to the unfolding circumstances with humour. They were invited on a Peace convoy to try and stop the war in Bosnia which took the group into an unexpected realm. Simone often links her relatively carefree Kiwi upbringing with the harsh situations encountered. 

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The Serious Road Trip is published by United Writers in Penzance, Cornwall, UK and has received good reviews. The group was the subject of a Tuesday TVNZ documentary in 1994 and featured on many TV news items (including BBC, SKY, ITV, ABC, TVNZ) and programmes (Paul Holmes and the like)as well as written media in NZ such as NZ Herald, Women’s Weekly, various local papers and the AirNZ Inflight magazine.

The group even caught the attention of the NZ Prime Minister at the time, Jim Bolger and were mentioned in a Prime Minister’s speech.” The Serious Road Trip seriously understates the case. I’d like to pause and recognise these young men and women. If they are typical of the generation of New Zealanders to whom we will one day entrust our nation, then we are going to be in good hands.” (Sep 1993)

Patch Adams (subject of a Robin Williams movie) has written “May many be tempted by your adventure. In Peace.” – Patch Adams. MD

In one of the recent book reviews Charlotte Everett of NZ News UK writes The Serious Road Trip : how one Kiwi woman’s Big OE took her into a war zone….reading this book takes you pretty close to feeling as though you are on the journey with them. Her story is of bold characters – from the ordinary (extraordinary?!) people she forged lifelong friendships with, to some of the many famous people she meets along the way…take your time reading this book. It is at times emotionally triggering, but also the great detail given to even one day in the life of The Serious Road Trip makes it a truly immersive and on occasion, real-time experience. The Serious Road trip is your ultimate solution to wanderlust, making great lockdown reading.” (NZ News UK)

Authentic…the author is not afraid to lay her emotions on the line, but doesn’t fall into the trap of it being about her. I highly recommend this book to others.” – Clare Oliver, UK (Amazon review)

I laughed and cried with them…I was one of the crew. Highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a story about compassion and heartfelt honesty” – Diana Stanley, USA Amazon review

Laughter where there were so many tears! all the volunteer “Road Trippers”, at their various times and abilities, gave so much to so many (especially) children, adapting as they went along but always seeing the “situation” rather than the “problem” and finding solutions. An inspirational read written by a woman who still inspires others! I’ve enjoyed reading this book and recommend it, especially in these times of confinement and uncertainty! It gives perspective.” – Judith Arnold, France (Goodreads review)

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Weight .503 kg
Dimensions 22 × 14 × 3 cm


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