From the Back Cover
Shortly after her tenth birthday, Dervla Murphy decided to cycle to India. Almost twenty years later she set out to achieve her ambition, pedalling her trusty bicycle, Roz.
Her epic journey began during the coldest winter in living memory, and took her through Europe, Persia (Iran), Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India. A woman travelling alone in these countries was an unusual focus of interest and, even when the weather improved, there were enough difficulties and dangers to satisfy the most dedicated traveller. But although, in a world of vanishing tracks and political chaos, the solitary cyclist was grateful for the revolver in her saddle bag, her journey was enriched by acts of unexpected kindness.
"Few people can have had a better chance of understanding Asian people than Dervla Murphy"
"This book has the charm of spontaneity and the ring of absolute truth"
"A distinctive and highly entertaining account of the tribulations encountered and the beauty along the way … 'Full Tilt' richly deserves a place on many bookshelves"
TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
"Miss Murphy proves herself a true traveller … who engages sympathy from the start by her qualities of tact, charity and courage"
"Warmly described, and with a lack of self-regard that immediately endears her to the reader"
About the Author
Dervla Murphy was born in Co. Waterford, Ireland, of Dublin parents and still lives there. Since 1964 she has been regularly publishing descriptions of her journeys – by bicycle or on foot – in the remoter areas of four continents. She has also written about the problems of Northern Ireland, the hazards of the nuclear power industry and race relations in Britain.