DiscoverRunning Book Reviews with Alan and LizRunning the Orient, by Gavin Boyter
Running the Orient, by Gavin Boyter

Running the Orient, by Gavin Boyter

Update: 2022-08-011


Running the Orient is the story of Gavin Boyter’s 2300 mile run across Europe with his girlfriend Aradhna who follows him in their camper-van Roxy. The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883. It started in Paris and end in Istanbul, and along the way stopped in Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest. Gavin’s goal was to run the same route and stop at each of the station locations in the corresponding cities. Along the way Gavin and Aradhna don’t just have navigation challenges, but also endless chores that come with running and living out of a van, and some friction in their relationship. 

Gavin is a writer, director, and copywriter. He has been running since his 30’s and Running the Orient is not his first ultra-running adventure. He previously ran from John O'Groats to Land's End which is the longest straight line across Britain, joining the Southwest to the Northeast. Gavin’s love of writing started very early in grade school when he wrote his first multi-part sci-fi story called Invasion of the Blood-Spitters. He later completed a Philosophy and English degree at Edinburgh University, and an MA in Film and TV Drama in Sheffield.

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Running the Orient, by Gavin Boyter

Running the Orient, by Gavin Boyter