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You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir! By Danny Bent

Release date: 11th November, 2011
Publisher: Create Space

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If the wind and rain is having a disappointingly adverse affect upon your new year's resolution, or should the recurring pain in your knees/ankles/ arms/back (delete as appropriate) be trying to persuade you that you're not that overweight, or if you feel ready to give up on your quest to acquire the body of an Olympic athlete, then read Danny Bent's inspirational book.

We get a sense of the author's approach to life in the opening pages when we're told that he graduated from Southampton University with "the highest honours in tomfoolery, indulgent buffoonery and mathematics." The shock of then having to "get outÖin the real world, find a job, build a life, start a pension, acquire life insurance, get married and start a family" prompts him to exclaim, "I didn't sign up for this!"

From this point, we know this non-conformist character is about to embark on some form of epic, life-changing journey.

Danny Bent is not a celebrated sportsman, nor is he an as yet undiscovered sporting star, but his unconventional account of a bicycle journey he makes from England to southern India is the stuff of sporting legend. He endures more physical challenges and discomfort than most Premier League footballers encounter in a season. His indomitable spirit could win him a place in the national rugby team's front row and his never-say-die attitude is plucked straight from the pages of a Boy's Own adventure.

Readers have an immediate empathy with Danny as he travels with Shirley (the name of his bike) across 15,000 kilometres from a London classroom (he's a teacher) to Chembakolli's Vidyadaya School, set deep in the jungles of Tamil Nadu.

En route, he tackles everything from the industrial outskirts of Calais to spiritual gurus; he contends with driving prowess (or lack of it) in dozens of countries, but throughout, he constantly pushes himself on, ever mindful of the different worlds through which he passes.

If the book has a fault, it's a technical one. Irritatingly, it is littered with spelling mistakes and odd punctuation which suggests that proof-reading and editing were something of an afterthought.

However, You've Gone Too Far is such a great story, this hardly detracts from a tome that anyone struggling to maintain their commitment to a January resolution (or simply searching for sport-related inspiration) would be well advised to read.


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