Troubador Teddy Bears on a Tandem

Released: 28/08/2017

ISBN: 9781788036238

Format: Paperback

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Teddy Bears on a Tandem

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This is a well written book describing the thoughts and emotions of a young girl on the adventure of her life with her parents as she travels through the Americas.

by Judith Tomlinson


“A normal family takes us out of the day to day on an extra-ordinary adventure.” Beautiful, fascinating, moving and inspiring, it was such a pleasure to read Teddy Bears on a Tandem (twice).
Full of such pertinent observations as that of Kate’s headmaster: “camping on a beach waiting for orca whales to appear had to be the most original excuse for being absent from school,”this book made me laugh and cry, filled me with hope, pride and joy.
“In the words of a dear friend passing frustrating days undergoing chemotherapy in a besieged NHS, “you couldn't have given me anything better.”

by Susanne Burge


Ingrid and Sean Tomlinson are migratory - they work 6 months, then travel 6 months every year. Their adventures are simply a continuation of living their lives the way they choose - somewhere different, usually remote, full of experiences and with an abundance of life. They don't see their travels as as anything worthy of writing about - they're just living life, same as everyone else. Sort of.

When Kate came into their lives they thought, briefly, that they might need to change their lifestyle. But they soon found ways to continue, only with a small child for company. Now 15, Kate has compiled and refreshed her notes (originally made to satisfy school projects and to keep friends and family informed) and put them together into this little book "Because my parents are too lazy to". It is beautifully illustrated with Ingrid's wonderful photographs - a hybrid of wildlife, landscape, people and people setting the context for a unique family album.

And what a gem it is. Kate lets us in on the reality of being a 2 year old trekking in the Himalayas, through a 3 to 7 year old girls view of multi-month self-contained wilderness kayaking experiences in Alaska, Canada, Greece, Thailand and the US Canyonlands. But this is just the warm up to the main part of the story - the Tomlinson's 16,500 mile, two year cycle from Inuvik in Arctic Canada to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina once Kate had outgrown the kayak's child seat. This is despite Kate being the only one with a bike and any recent cycling experience before the trip started.

This book is at once an antidote to the mainstream of macho, mid-life, 'look at me' type adventure travel stories and a wake up call to all of us who would love to do the same 'but'...(add excuse here...but beware, it's going to feel a bit lame...).

The Tomlinson's have probably now each racked up a world circumnavigation's worth of human powered travel - all at a modest, living life pace and on the most threadbare of shoestrings. No sponsorship, no blogs, no social media coverage. All under the radar. Not bad by 15 years old Kate. What's next?

by Steve Burge


Ingrid and Sean Tomlinson are migratory - they work 6 months, then travel 6 months every year. Their adventures are simply a continuation of living their lives the way they choose - somewhere different, usually remote, full of experiences and with an abundance of life. They don't see their travels as as anything worthy of writing about - they're just living life, same as everyone else. Sort of.

When Kate came into their lives they thought, briefly, that they might need to change their lifestyle. But they soon found ways to continue, only with a small child for company. Now 15, Kate has compiled and refreshed her notes (originally made to satisfy school projects and to keep friends and family informed) and put them together into this little book "Because my parents are too lazy to". It is beautifully illustrated with Ingrid's wonderful photographs - a hybrid of wildlife, landscape, people and people setting the context for a unique family album.

And what a gem it is. Kate lets us in on the reality of being a 2 year old trekking in the Himalayas, through a 3 to 7 year old girls view of multi-month self-contained wilderness kayaking experiences in Alaska, Canada, Greece, Thailand and the US Canyonlands. But this is just the warm up to the main part of the story - the Tomlinson's 16,500 mile, two year cycle from Inuvik in Arctic Canada to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina once Kate had outgrown the kayak's child seat. This is despite Kate being the only one with a bike and any recent cycling experience before the trip started.

This book is at once an antidote to the mainstream of macho, mid-life, 'look at me' type adventure travel stories and a wake up call to all of us who would love to do the same 'but'...(add excuse here...but beware, it's going to feel a bit lame...).

The Tomlinson's have probably now each racked up a world circumnavigation's worth of human powered travel - all at a modest, living life pace and on the most threadbare of shoestrings. No sponsorship, no blogs, no social media coverage. All under the radar. Not bad by 15 years old Kate. What's next?

by Steve Burge


There can't be many people, if any, who have cycled from the north to the South of the Americas with an 8 year old on a tandem.But the Tomlinsons are a very special family who have kayaked and cycled all over the world. This brilliant book was written by daughter Kate and mother, Ingrid, based on Kate's diaries kept over the 2 years of their journey which Kate started at 8 and finished at 10. It was part of her home schooling, which also included mental arithmetic with her Dad while they were cycling hundreds of miles!! The book is a really gripping read about all the exciting wonderful and scary adventures they had meeting a cast of fascinating people -and teddy bears! It is illustrated with lots of photographs taken by Ingrid.
I really felt I had lived with them through this experience, it was so vividly written. Go and buy a copy, no buy a few to give as presents for friends as Christmas is coming up!!
Michelle Kershaw

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