One for the Road: An Outback Adventure

One for the Road: An Outback Adventure

by Tony Horwitz


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"A high-spirited, comic ramble into the savage Outback populated by irreverent, beer-guzzling frontiersmen." —Chicago Tribune

"A fascinating insight into what we're all about on the highways and byways along the outback track." —The Telegraph (Sydney)

Swept off to live in Sydney by his Australian bride, American writer Tony Horwitz longs to explore the exotic reaches of his adopted land. So one day, armed only with a backpack and fantasies of the open road, he hitchhikes off into the awesome emptiness of Australia's outback.
        What follows is a hilarious, hair-raising ride into the hot red center of a continent so desolate that civilization dwindles to a gas pump and a pub. While the outback's terrain is inhospitable, its scattered inhabitants are anything but. Horwitz entrusts himself to Aborigines, opal diggers, jackeroos, card sharks, and sunstruck wanderers who measure distance in the number of beers consumed en route. Along the way, Horwitz discovers that the outback is as treacherous as it is colorful. Bug-bitten, sunblasted, dust-choked, and bloodied by a near-fatal accident, Horwitz endures seven thousand miles of the world's most forbidding real estate, and some very bizarre personal encounters, as he winds his way to Queensland, Alice Springs, Perth, Darwin—and a hundred bush pubs in between.
        Horwitz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two national bestsellers, Confederates in the Attic and Baghdad Without a Map, is the ideal tour guide for anyone who has ever dreamed of a genuine Australian adventure.

"Lively, fast-paced and amusing . . . a consistently interesting and entertaining account." —Kirkus Reviews

"Ironical, perceptive and subtle . . . will have readers getting out their maps and itching to follow Horwitz's tracks. . . . The internal journey is his finest achievement; he allows the reader into his heart, to go travelling with him there, sharing his adventures of the spirit." —Sunday Times (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375706134
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Series: Vintage Departures Series
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 152,022
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tony Horwitz lives in Waterford, Virginia.


Waterford, Virginia

Date of Birth:


Date of Death:

May 27, 2019

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.

Place of Death:

Washington, D.C.


B.A., Brown University; M.A., Columbia University School of Journalism

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One for the Road: Hitchhiking Through the Australian Outback 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
co_coyote on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading travel books. (I've got to get this out of my system soon. Maybe I should go on another long trip!) This book is about hitchhiking around Australia. Probably not something I am going to be doing anytime soon, although I do have another trip to Australia planned for next month. Still, Horwitz is a fairly entertaining guy, and it's fun to read of his adventures with the usual suspects you run into when you are traveling.
jennyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Tony Horwitz's books. They're funny and full of information. In this one, Horwitz hitchhikes across most of Australia. Along the way, he sees a few of the sights and drinks pots and pots of beer. While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Confederates in the Attic or Blue Latitudes, it was a fun read and one I'd recommend to fans of Horwitz's or of Bill Bryson's travel writing.My favorite quote from the book was: A middle-aged woman smiles at me from behind a pile of filing cards. Apparently, it's acceptable behavior in Broome to collapse in a sweaty heap at the first public building you come to. Smiling back at her, it occurs to me that I've never met a mean librarian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, insightful travelogue through Australia. Well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really loved his other work, but this was just not up to the standard of his other work.
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Early on the story captivated me but then shortly after the car crash, the language became foul and very offensive. Perhaps that is how a writer writes when beer becomes a substitute for common sense. I gave it two stars only for the first portion of the book but the second half of the book left nothing for me but pity for the author who intentionally stooped to the lowest level. I took one star away because of the second half. I've never felt the desire to ask for my money back after reading this trash. Don't waste your money on this trash. I now no longer have a desire to read any of this authors books.