At age 79 he returned to Britain to rediscover the country of his youth on an MP3 which is a motor bike with two front wheels, a most unusual vehicle. As he rolled through the isles, enjoying the people and stories they told him he found that things had not changed as much as he had believed. He found an underlying structure that has remained unchanged for centuries.
From the bestselling author of JUPITER'S TRAVELS and DREAMING OF JUPITER comes an entertaining and inspiring new journey round Britain. Having crisscrossed the globe twice, Ted returns to the British Isles to rediscover the country of his youth. The result is a revealing portrait of modern Britain and a witty and affectionate journey back to the past, when Ted would hitchhike across the country visiting friends (and girlfriends). He returns to the site of his old school with its astonishing war time history and visits familiar haunts where he did his National Service and got his first job in newspapers. He also visits less-familiar places. Some inspire him (Winchester Cathedral). Others defeat him (a tax office in Nottingham). As he rolls through the Isles, he discovers that a great deal has changed: busier roads, bureaucracy and, worst of all, the dreaded 'Sat Nav'. But there is also much to celebrate and enjoy along the way. Packed with fascinating stories, extraordinary encounters and glorious depictions of the British countryside, ROLLING THROUGH THE ISLES takes the reader on an unforgettable trip with a celebrated adventurer and writer.