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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.


“Travel writing as it should be, fusing riveting travelogue with the sort of suppressed political history that screams out to be heard. The chapters on Laos and Indonesia will be a revelation for many, breaking the silence on epic crimes carried out in our name. A vivid and compelling read that gives a voice to those we never hear.”

“An extraordinary journey crammed with rich imagery, extreme adventure and the sort of humour that makes you laugh out loud in quiet places. It is the characters Maslin meets who stand out the most, the people whose kindness and hospitality renew your faith in humanity.”
— KATHERINE PRESTON, author of Out With It

“Very well done. Arouses many poignant memories.”

“Finally! A travel book for adults interested not only in seeing ‘tourist sights’ but understanding the social and political background behind them. The author has done his homework, and you’re the beneficiary. Travel with this book and you’ll return home not only a satisfied tourist but a better, more educated, and wiser citizen of the world than when you left. Travel only broadens the mind when we’re prepared to dig beneath the surface, and this book is indispensable to doing so.”
—FRED BRANFMAN, author of Voices from the Plain of Jars

“Readers who have been waiting for Tucker Max to travel more fully will be thrilled to discover Maslin’s antics … an honest and gripping travel narrative.”

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1433 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bucklesby Press (13 July 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011K2GSWU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

So Much More Than a Travel Guide

 on 30 November 2017
By Melanie Cumper
The Long Hitch Home is so much more than a travel guide.Wonderfully narrated, it is the tale of a young man’s adventures across some of the most extreme countries of the world. Armed with nothing but his backpack, his thumb and a winning personality, Jamie Maslin makes his way from Tasmania to London,by hitching lifts with countless strangers while experiencing stark differences in tradition, culture and politics. Despite encountering harsh deserts, soaring heat, being chased by wild dogs, caught out with sub-standard kit at sub-zero temperatures, it is Maslin’s fellow travellers who keep him alive. The Long Hitch home is an un-putdownable roller coaster of a read. It restores ones faith in the generosity and goodwill of humanity. I was hooked from page one and have been reminded that riches truly come from within.

unreported world duly reported

 on 31 October 2015
By Sweet Chestnut
I did enjoy this book and found it very well written and informative – certainly filled in a few gaps in my world history knowledge for which I am mostly grateful. It has to be said we only ever get one side of a story – usually when the **** hits the fan and consequently the news headlines and then we only hear an edited version of what the media wants us to hear. So Jamie has given us, in most cases, the full story and the story from the other side, however, I do have to agree with other reviewers that this was at times more of a long tedious lecture. For the most part I found it an enjoyable and interesting read.

Overlander’s hitchhiking through the most un-touristed countries!

 on 20 January 2016
By tessa st john
As a “retired overlander”, I enjoyed this “diary-type” story of Jamie’s adventures as he stuck his thumb out to catch a ride in some of the most inhospitable places, and survived some of the most uncomfortable nights that anyone could wish to experience!

An armchair travellers insight into real travel experience!

 on 22 November 2017
By Kindle Customer
As a self-named experience traveller who now finds himself slightly caged by living in a city and having to conform to the daily attributes of working life, it was a pleasure to be transported back onto the adventurous road of possibilities and adrenaline which personifies proper travel.

Great travel writing with interesting history & politics

 on 19 March 2016
By Susan Green
As a female I am always envious of males able to undertake this type of journey- I can’t imagine many women able to do something similar without putting themselves in danger. Jamie Maslin tells his story well & throws in interesting background & comment to make you think. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The writer certainly took on what I think of as …

 on 10 May 2016
By ed.scot
The writer certainly took on what I think of as a potentially dangerous trip, when you look at the countries he intended to pass through. To do this trip alone was bordering on foolhardy, even if the ultimate aim was the writing of a book. His descriptive abilities are not in doubt. His journey was well documented and he did survive!. For me, however, he has to refrain from giving his readers long, in depth history lessons – in this case, the Viet Nam war and other conflicts.

Excellent – couldn’t recommend it highly enough!

 on 1 August 2016
By Amazon Customer
This was one of the best travel books I’ve read in a very long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve been recommending it to everyone since I finished it and can safely say it was a struggle to put it down every time I had to stop reading it. Highly recommend – you’ll get to know a side of history that we’re often kept in the dark about as well as enjoy Jamie’s adventures as he wends his way home on ‘a thumb and a prayer’.

Fascinating book

 on 23 June 2017
By Annik Lamotte
I really enjoyed this book and will read it again more slowly to get all the nuamces. The author sounds such a nice guy (and looks it, too, when you see his photo) that it is a pleasure to accompany him on his travels.
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