Author(s): Jamie Maslin
Tasmania to London. One end of the globe to the other. 800 hitchhiking rides. 18 thousand miles. Four seasons. Three continents. 19 countries. How many rides does it take to hitch from Tasmania to London? Rogue wanderer Jamie Maslin decides to find out, propelling him into a high stakes adventure of a lifetime that sees him tackle searing desert, freezing mountains, tropical jungle and barren steppes on little more than a thumb and a prayer. "The Long Hitch Home" is a dynamic mix of heart-thumping adventure and well-researched social, cultural, and historical commentary on the score of countries Maslin encountered during his arduous, and at times life threatening, journey home. Whether writing about exotic backstreets of cities few of us will get to see, or unique wonders far off the beaten track, Jamie Maslin gives a thrilling and often hilarious account of what it is like to hit the road and live with intensity and rapture.
Praise for Jamie Maslin's Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn: "An unexpectedly enlightening introduction to an unfairly misunderstood country and culture."--Kirkus Reviews "Maslin's debut entertains. Best read for its snapshots of a culture largely misunderstood."--Publisher's Weekly "Maslin offers invaluable insights into this oppressive and demonized nation as he marvels over its lush valleys and mountains, stark desert, and the magnificent Al Sadr Caves. Intrepid, observant, funny, and charming, Maslin explores Tabriz, Tehran, Esfahn, and the ancient city of Persepolis, and he visits museums, bazaars, and nightclubs, eating splendidly well and drinking gallons of tea, and, on one wild night, 96-proof ethanol (alcoholic beverages are illegal). Maslin describes a far more complex and hopeful Iran than outsiders usually perceive."--Donna Seaman, Booklist "Jamie Maslin is cool--and he has adventures far beyond anything Jack Kerouac could ever dream of."--Daily Kos "[T]his travelog will appeal to armchair travelers and those wondering about future prospects for Iranian society."--Library Journal "In a time where an understanding of different cultures is more important than ever, I'm so glad we have books like Jamie Maslin's. Both informative and entertaining, Maslin paints a picture of Iran in stark contrast to the caricature one fed to us by the mainstream media. A riveting, off-the-beaten-track tale of adventure and self discovery that can't fail to provide new insight on a country unfairly demonized in the West."--Cindy Sheehan, American antiwar activist "A timely and valuable book by a young Westerner who decides to see Iran for himself. Maslin is naive upon his arrival--having no idea what to expect--but keeps an open mind and invites the reader along on his fascinating and colorful adventures. His experiences reveal the lies that mainstream media are telling us about the country. Having read this book, I may visit Iran in the near future."--Richard Kendrick, author of Deja Vu "Jamie Maslin follows a long line of intrepid young Britons, from Laurie Lee to Paddy Leigh Fermor and, most recently, Rory Stewart, who set off on a journey to distant parts with little money but lots of curiosity; and return to tell their tale. Maslin has a good ear for dialogue and a keen eye. The result is a hitchhiking odyssey across Iran that provides a fascinating, and timely, behind-the-scenes glimpse of a country the news anchors never reach."--Simon Worrall, author of The Poet and the Murderer "Jamie Maslin's book is Iran from the ground up, and a total surprise to those who only know the media version of that country. A fascinating likeness of a complicated people.""--Anthony Brandt, editor of the Journals of Lewis and Clark, and The National Geographic Adventure Classics series "Bill Bryson meets Jack Kerouac. For anyone who enjoys adventure and travel, this book is a raw, gripping, philosophical, and hilarious first person account of traveling to remote and exotic destinations--you won't be able to put this book down, and you will feel close to the sincere, earnest author within a few pages."--Simon Van Booy, author of The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, and winner of the 2009 Frank O'Connor Award.
Jamie Maslin is a writer and traveler. He has hitchhiked from England to Iran and couchsurfed all over Venezuela. He is the author of "Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn" and "Socialist Dreams and Beauty Queens." He lives in Australia.