Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

by Dervla Murphy


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Originally published in 1965, it is the diary of her bicycle trek from Dunkirk, across Europe, through Iran and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and India. Murphy's immediate rapport with the people she alights among is vibrant and appealing and makes her travelogue unique. Venturing aloneaccompanied only by her bicycle, which she dubs Rozthe indomitable Murphy not only survives daunting physical rigors but gleans considerable enjoyment in getting to know peoples who were then even more remote than they are now.—Publishers Weekly. "This book recounts a trip, taken mostly on bicycle, by a gritty Irishwoman in 1963. Her route was through Yugoslavia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and ended in New Delhi. She carried a pistol, got sunstroke, and suffered the usual stomach disorders. She endured bad accommodations but reaped much local hospitality, too, including a dinner with the Pakistani president. Most of the book concerns the high mountain country of Afghanistan and Pakistan...A spirited account."—Library Journal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906011413
Publisher: Eland Publishing
Publication date: 12/31/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dervla Murphy has written more than twenty books recounting her adventures all over the world on foot, mule, bicycle, and just about every other conveyance imaginable. Her books Full Tilt, Eight Feet in the Andes, The Waiting Land, Muddling Through in Madagascar, On a Shoestring to Coorg, Cameroon with Egbert, Transylvannia and Beyond, The Ukimwi Road, and South from the Limpopo are available from The Overlook Press.

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Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an insanely captivating account of a 1963 solo journey across Europe, Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Dervla travels through a world of wonders and conveys the joy as she marvels at the natural beauty of the land, the human accomplishments and foolishness, curious cultures and even her own incredible hardships (alternately frost-bite, dehydration and heat stroke)! I'm slowly savoring the last 20 pages... This is the kind of book to carry around to challenge people to open to ANY page to read a pargraph at random - every one is compelling.
Paddlerat More than 1 year ago
I read this book more than four decades ago. I was enthralled with it. It was the first travel book I had ever read. It must  have been about the winter of 1970 that I was offered an assignment to be a volunteer for the American Peace Corps stationed in Afghanistan. Knowing nothing about Afghan culture I needed to do research on the area before I could decide whether or not to accept the assignment offer. I loved the book ; Iparticularly loved the author's story of adventure. Murphy's book did inspire me to work in Afghanistan. For two full years.  So much that the author revealed about life in central asia was accurate, absolutely dead on. I first found the book in a small library in Xenia, Ohio.  I am delighted to find that I can now store a copy and read it from my new Nook HD tablet.  Ms Murphy was  then, and apparently still is, a brave adventurer taking great risks and enduring great hardships. You are in store for a good read. Buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author brings you right into her life. You can well imagine the scenes she shares, the joyful, sad, frustrating, learning, challenging moments she has all along the way. She introduces us to the people she meets along the way and shares stories about her stays with them and their different lifestyles. I heartily recommend this book, a great, and true, adventure read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books, read over and over. With all that is going on in this part of the world, reading Murphy's account of her journey in the 1960s is compelling and informative. I'm in awe of her strength, courage, and storytelling ability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago