Book Review: Three Men in A Float, Across England

Hopping on the topical bandwagon of “slow travel” meant, for British writers Dan Kieran and Ian Vince, driving the full width of England in an electric milk float. This adventure led to the new book Three Men in a Float: Across England at 15mph, a somewhat mad and often hilarious discovery of England and its lesser known nooks and crannies.

51dtyy7ffdl_sl500_aa240_The story really starts back in 1958 when this milk float was built and started life delivering milk around Oxford. Fast forward to 2007 and it was sold for £1,400 on eBay, and the new owner was one of the three friends (Dan, Ian and a third man, Pras) who would take on the challenge of driving the milk float six hundred miles across England, from east to west, at a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour.

The chapters in this book are written alternately by Dan and Ian, each covering another short leg of their journey. As with any odd trip like this, they meet unusual people, get involved in odd incidents and have moments where the whole adventure seems too ridiculous to be true. It’s all written with typical British tongue-in-cheek humor, so there are quite a few laughs to be had.