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Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

Written by Dervla Murphy

Narrated by Emma Lowe


Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

Written by Dervla Murphy

Narrated by Emma Lowe

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4.5/5 (15 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Sep 1, 2019
ISBN:
9781781982594
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Description

Full Tilt is the inspiring true story of Dervla Murphy's 1963 journey from Ireland to India on an Armstrong Cadet bicycle, and the trials, landscapes, and cultures she encountered along the way.

The route takes her through the valleys and snowy mountain passes of Europe and India to the scorching deserts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the metal of her bicycle, Rozinante (named after Don Quixote's steed), becomes too hot to touch. She travels alone, without luxuries, sleeping on the floors of teahouses or on blankets outdoors, vulnerable to wild animals, insects, and thieves. However, she is often met with generosity and kindness, and shares many meaningful encounters with the locals. Her portrayal here gives a fascinating insight into the unique communities of the Middle East in the early 1960s.

Released:
Sep 1, 2019
ISBN:
9781781982594
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

'Dervla Murphy' was born in Ireland in 1931, to a family involved in the Irish Republican movement. She was educated at the Ursuline Convent in Waterford until she was fourteen, when she left to keep house for her father and to nurse her mother who had been invalided by arthritis. Dervla did this for sixteen years with occasional breaks bicycling across Europe. Her mother's death left her free to go farther afield and in 1963 she cycled to India. Here she worked with Tibetan refugee children before returning home after a year to write her first two books. Dervla's first book, 'Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle', was published in 1965. Over twenty other titles have followed. Dervla has won worldwide praise for her writing and has been described as a 'travel legend' and 'the first lady of Irish cycling'. Now in her eighties, she continues to travel around the world and remains passionate about politics, conservation, bicycling and beer.


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    A unique insight into the world in the 1960s, whilst much has changed the enduring generosity of the people outside of ‘The West’ redefines our understanding of nations like Afghanistan.