Sam Manicom
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Sam Manicom

Sam Manicom - Motorcycle Traveller & 'Accidental' Author

ADV Moto Magazine 'What I enjoy most about Sam's writing style is that you feel the journey, you smell it, freeze, sweat, and you see what's before him like you're along for the ride. You are very much there. It's a rather intimate, honest style that easily carries you from chapter-to-chapter.'

His books 'Into Africa', 'Under Asian Skies', 'Distant Suns' and 'Tortillas to Totems' are now available in Paperback, Kindle and Audio Book Formats.

Sam has been travelling for much of his life. Bicycle, sail, hiking and various forms of road transport. His first major solo trip was a backpacking seat of the pants voyage of discovery across Europe, India and Australia, which often saw him down to his last $10. On arrival in Australia, no one asked him if he had any money and a return ticket. He had neither. What was needed, he earned along the way and this he says was a great learning experience.

"I suspect that without it the journey would have been a far less rich experience. My biggest lessons were attitude and priorities. The three-year trip taught me that the world is an amazing place full of fascinating people. When you are travelling you are opening yourself up to the best the world has to offer."

On his return he worked in retail management, with his last store being in St.Helier on the Channel Island of Jersey.

With the travel itch scratching, and wanting to do something completely different, Sam learned to ride a motorcycle and set off to ride the length of Africa. He celebrated his 3 months on a motorcyle anniversary at the edge of the Sahara. This one-year trip turned into an eight-year epic across 55 countries around the world.

Since 1996 Sam has been writing for Motorcycle Sport and Leisure, Motorcycle Voyager, Overland Magazine, ADVMoto Magazine, Adventure Bike Rider, Motorcycle Monthly, Road Rider, The Riders Digest and various other motorcycle magazines and newspapers around the world.

He is a co-host of the monthly Adventure Rider Radio RAW show. 

Sam is a keen advocate of motorcycle travel and says, "Writing books seemed like a great way to share the fun, the disasters and all the amazing things that happen to you out there." He continues to write on a freelance basis and he presents at travel events, clubs and businesses. For bookings please contact him via his website. Sam-Manicom.com

His first book, 'Into Africa', was written as a result of readers' letters to editors. 'We like Sam's articles. When's he going to write a book?' Until that time he'd been travelling with just new adventures in mind. Visor Down 'The deep red of African earth glows under Manicom's pen.'

Sam's second book is 'Under Asian Skies' - an enthralling and frequently surprising journey across some of the most colourful parts of the world. Sam met his partner Birgit in New Zealand, and she joined him for the latter four years across Africa (again), South, Central and Northern America. She was travelling by bicycle when they met but transferred steeds to ride her own motorcycle, a 1971 BMW R60/5. Overland Magazine 'Full of honesty, humour and Descriptive detail.'

This is followed by 'Distant Suns', which takes you riding through Southern Africa. An ever-changing and challenging land. You then travel with Sam and Birgit across to the stunning beauty of South America, before exploring Central America; an area of the world that is often neglected by travel writers. Hugely courageous, Birgit had been riding a motorcycle for just 600 miles when they started the ride together in Africa. Motorcycle Mojo Magazine 'Manicom's self-confessed magnetism for trouble results in great stories.'

His fourth book is 'Tortillas to Totems'. You'll be motorcycling across the dramatic landscapes of Mexico, the USA and Canada. There are plenty of twists in this tale, and lots of opportunities to get sidetracked by the unexpected. Adventure Bike Rider Magazine states in their book review, 'This may sound like a standard ride through familiar lands. Be assured, it isn't!'

You'll find that Sam's books give you a taste of all the things that go to make an adventure in foreign lands. He says, "People are the key and they are often the instigators of the best adventures." Sam will take you delving into the histories and cultures of the lands, and not only does he describe what it's like to be on the road on two wheels but he does so with powerful descriptions and real honesty.

You can find out more about Sam with this interview with Adventure Bike TV - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bToV6paAEXM

"Every Day an Adventure"

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Best Sellers

    • Into Africa

    • Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure
    • By: Sam Manicom
    • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Living a Dream

    • By Paul V Hoffman on 05-31-17

    Regular price: $25.65

    • Tortillas to Totems

    • Every Day an Adventure, Book 4
    • By: Sam Manicom, Birgit Schunemann
    • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Sam Manicom's dynamic fourth book is an enticing yet frequently challenging motorcycle journey across the dramatic landscapes of Mexico, the United States and Canada....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By Tanya on 05-04-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Under Asian Skies

    • Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions
    • By: Sam Manicom
    • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Bridge Between Humanity and Adventure.

    • By Jim Foreman on 07-21-14

    Regular price: $23.77

    • Distant Suns

    • Every Day an Adventure, Book 3
    • By: Sam Manicom
    • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 52

    Sam Manicom's dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa, South and Central America. Sam has a gift for describing the vibrancy of people and places....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another fascinating journey!

    • By Jim Foreman on 05-31-16

    Regular price: $24.95

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