Readers making the effort to write in has been incredibly special. When I wrote it I’d no idea if people would like ‘Into Africa’, or if the book would be destined to become a useful fire lighter! To know that it has given pleasure and encouragement makes the book, for me, a total success. I hope that you too will enjoy the adventure on this amazing continent.
Sam’s iPhone talking book Into Africa makes perfect listening whilst riding my GS 4000 km’s across Australia
David – On the road somewhere in Australia
A friend told me I should read your book. His recommendations are usually c***. So I’ve only just read it. Awesome. I’ve traveled in some of Africa – your book is the first one I’ve read that does this continent justice. I hope it encourages many people to travel there – so long as they don’t fall off as much as you did! I’m gonna read the next one now. Hope its as good.
Jamie – USA
Reading Into Africa was an absolute delight, inspirational, and the way you write makes it so easy to become so totally absorbed in the content. I can honestly say that there wasn’t a page within the book that didn’t access my total attention.
Janet – England
I must say it’s one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. Your ability to describe the feelings and sights, smells and general attitude of the people you meet is top notch, looking forward to starting the next book.
Noel – Australia
Sam, why have I not come across your books before????? Fab. Love it. I have to have the next one, and I see you have two more after that. I can’t wait. Making an order today.
Beth – Tasmania
I’ve just read Into Africa on my Kindle. How wonderful. I can never imagine traveling there myself but the way you describe it makes it sounds really special. I think you are a lucky man to have survived everything and I think you have real talent too. Love your writing style.
Lucy Beth – USA
I just wanted to drop you these few lines, as I just finished your “Into Africa” and I have to say that I really enjoyed it! It was an absolutely addictive reading and I found myself a few times looking forward to have some spare time and read more!
Your writing style is engaging and you manage to let the reader feel they are there with you. Excellent!
The only downside (!) is that your book has made me even more motivated in my decision to take some good time off work, and start travel!
Look forward to reading now “Under Asian Skies” who is now sitting quietly on my bookshelves…
Gianluca – Italy
I’d just like to say that even though I have only read a couple of books cover to cover in my whole life, yours was a book I could not put down.
Steve – UK
Just to say how much I enjoyed the Africa book. My sister bought it for me for Xmas after hearing your talk at the Ringwood Travel Club.
I am not a biker, but hitched/backpacked your route the other way round in 1971, starting in Durban at the beginning of July and ending in London 3 and a half months later. Great fun at an irresponsible age.
Thanks for good read…echoes of Ted Simon.
Bob – UK
First things first, your book Into Africa is simply brilliant, truly the best motorcycle travel book I have ever read.
Drew – UK
I finished the book yesterday. I really liked it. Frankly, I was worried that this book would be another pompous overwritten tale… NOT! You’ve done a very good job here. Congrats.
Todd – USA
Nice to meet you at the BMF, I have just read your book…………I loved it! I guess you have heard this before, but it’s underlined to me that everyone is capable of an adventure! They might not be of a great scale but it’s the spirit that is important! Thanks for writing it all down.
Bryan – England
I wanted to get in contact with you to say how much my wife and I enjoyed your book, in fact we bought another copy for my wife’s brother’s birthday and he read it cover to cover in 3 days, no mean feat for him as he usually takes 3 weeks to read the back of the cornflake packet…
All the best
Grant – England
One of my Christmas presents from Mum was your book! We have both absolutely adored it. The way in which you have written about scenes and experiences really brings the account to life and of course it has generated pangs and yearnings for both of us to travel again.
Justin – Australia
Less than a half hour ago, I completed “Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle”, by one very talented writer by the name of Sam Manicom. Just getting to it took some time as I was determined to finish the previous book I had been reading (The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich), which was over 1200 pages long. I eventually did finish that one however, and ‘Into Africa’ was next on my list.
What can I say other than “wow” – the book left me breathless.
John – USA
I have just spent the last few days reading your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I, more or less, will be following your route and I must admit the first few Chapters filled me with trepidation!!
However I made it through to the end of the book and am now looking forward to getting started myself.
Thanks for all your effort in getting this into print. I, for one, really appreciate it.
Dennis – England
Enjoying the book so much am sending one to a mate!
Chris – England
I have just started reading your book and the only thing I can say: It is almost impossible to put it away once you started reading it.
Tina – Germany
I loved the book and have already given my own copy away, and need to replace it, and need to buy another for a friend.
Mary – England
Having read many a book about this fantastic continent I found that even good writers had difficulties to bring across so much of what is Africa. I fantasized that perhaps the only way would be to involve all the senses in a little ‘hands-on’ book: flip-up characters, a chip with some music, a ‘scratching’ of the pages to get the wood burning smells etc.
But then – you send me YOUR book – it’s FABULOUS!
It’s the best book I’ve ever read about my beloved Africa. In your writing you make it all come alive in WORDS. I thought it was IMPOSSIBLE, but you did it! The smells, the laughter, the hardships… they all come floating off of the pages. A very BIG APPLAUSE!
Patricia – Germany
I have my own copy – great read – cheque enclosed for 2 copies for Christmas presents!
Rod – Scotland
I have now read your book cover to cover. I found the book an excellent read and humorous at times. A mixed bag of emotions. A real adventure and a lot of good will.
Andrew – England
The Africa book is quite good. I got to about page one hundred and eleven between movies and things on my flight. I like books that are not written by die hard boaster bikers.
Glenn – USA
Message to the GS ClubUK website:
I have just got finished with Sam Manicom’s ‘ Into Africa ‘ Very good it is too and highly recommended. It has given me a thirst for more!
BingBong – England
I already have a copy of this most interesting book – I lent it to my sister to read and she has asked for two extra copies for other relatives.
With many thanks.
Donald – England
A friend lent me your book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I think you have a ‘light touch’ which really made the people you describe come alive. I was brought up in Lupane, about half way between the Victoria Falls and Bulawayo. Your description of the strip roads, which we often used, brought it all back for me.
Sarah – England
Read book, brilliant. I think you have two angels watching you. Given me something to think about, am I brave enough, could I organize it are just two things that come to mind. Anyway, again, brilliant! Well written, kept my interest all the way through.
Ian – England
I gave your book as a pressie to a Spanish friend. She was delighted to get it – so I need my own copy please.
Meg – England
Liked the book that much I want one for my brother-in-law, and do you have any plans to write a follow up about the rest of your travels?
Grant – Scotland
Message to Johnnie Walker BBC Radio 2:
A couple of months ago you interviewed Sam Manicom about his expedition through Africa on his R80GS. I asked my sister if his book could be my birthday present. It was. I’ve nearly finished the book now and just wanted to drop you a line to say what a terrific read it is. Lifts the spirits of anyone with even a drop of wanderlust in their veins. Every night I fall asleep with Sam’s latest drama or adventure playing in my mind.
Jerry – England
Just finished it, really enjoyed the read. Thank you!
All the best,
Catherine – England