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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906011419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906011413
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Captivating ... an enchantment that holds the reader as engrossed as would an exciting thriller (Irish Independent)

A distinctive and highly entertaining account of the tribulations encountered and the beauty along the way (Times Educational Supplement)

Her seven-month journey is continuously entertaining, and her fortitude continuously astonishing (Sunday Telegraph)

By almost anyone else's standards she had a hell of a time, but she communicates a high enjoyment that will be shared by all her readers (Daily Telegraph)

Few people can have had a better chance of understanding Asian people than Dervla Murphy (Daily Telegraph)

This book has the charm of spontaneity and the ring of absolute truth (Irish Times)

Warmly described, and with a lack of self-regard that immediately endears her to the reader (Sunday Times)

Warmly entertaining book ... range of engaging traveller's tales (Western Daily Press)

Fascinating, gripping and completely satisfying (Liverpool Echo)

[Dervla Murphy is] always great value ... fascinating account of her trials and tribulations, and also the beauty of her journey (Eastern Daily Press)

For an insight into a unique region, and a unique woman, you couldn't do much better than this. (James Herron, Geographical Magazine)

Dervla Murphy proves herself a true traveller ... who engages sympathy from the start by her qualities of tact, charity and courage (The Spectator) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Shortly after her tenth birthday, inspired by an atlas she was given, Dervla Murphy decided to cycle to India. Almost twenty years later she set out to achieve her ambition, pedalling her trusty bicycle, Roz. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 1999
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Full Tilt is the most engaging of all Dervla Murphy's travel books. Whilst her travels, in the most unlikely and inconvenient places, are always captivating, her sheer delight with Afghanistan and Pakistan and their people lifts this above the others. One wants to set off on one's own bicycle at once and head straight for all the places she so effortlessly brings to life. Definately not a book to miss, read it once and it will stay in your heart for ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juggler on 29 Mar. 2010
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This is a very fine piece of writing and a very interesting travelogue. Her bravery and single mindedness is inspirational. Her encounters are fascinating and compelling and recounted without hype or over dramatisation. I strongly disagree with one reviewer here that says she was naive in her observations of local customs and politics. Quite the opposite, she showed an empathy and understanding quite rare among travelers in foreign lands.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I. Viehoff on 18 Feb. 2004
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Dervla travelled from Dunkirk to Delhi on a three-speed roadster. Across Afghanistan. In the 60s. Unable even to mend a puncture. With a large supply of cigarettes. And a gun. Bitten by a wolf in Yugoslavia. When the road was rough in Iran, she cycled in the river bed instead. An blow with an Afghan rifle butt broke her ribs...
In comparison to this, anyone other (even her own) cycle trip just pales into ordinariness. The material is sufficiently extraordinary that the plain diary style is an adequate vehicle. The observations and empathy for the peoples and places make this a great travel book, not just the greatest cycle travel book.
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So begins Dervla Murphy's first published book. Astonishingly, 21 years after making this decision, she did cycle from Ireland to India via Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and this book is the record of that journey.
The chapters about Afghanistan are the highlight -- she loves the country so much that she describes herself as "Afghanatical". This is in 1963, before the hippie trail, before the Mujaheddin, before the Taliban (at one stage she visits the Bamain Buddhas), and so can be seen as almost a historical document; but the sheer energy and excitement is timeless.
Some minor complaints: the journey through Europe and Iran felt hurried, and the end seems abrupt. If you want to find out what happened next, see Tibetan Foothold by the same author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magda on 25 July 2013
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I enjoyed the book in the main, as I went along wondering how on earth the writer could face the challenge of being attacked by wolves, rude border guards (only on occasion), dreadful extremes of temperature, attempted assaults, glaciers, floods, starvation, dirt, near death over precipices in bone-shaking vehicles or on foot, and innumerable fleas, bugs and all other parasites available in this world, and still seem to enjoy the experiences.
The uniqueness of the writer's character goes some way towards explanation. What she got out of it is not totally clear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 22 April 2010
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i read this book expecting it to be rather dry, but found it to be an entertaining, very personal account. just as the blurb says, dervla is a true traveller and it seems does so always with good spirits and endless curiosity. not just for cycling fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By isabella on 30 Oct. 2012
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I have read three books by Dervla Murphy and having travelled to some of the regions in this globe that she has covered, find her books fascinating, humorous and entertaining, also at times astonishing. I loved every part of Full Tilt, from Ireland to Delhi and all the places in between. All respect and admiration to this formidable lady (and her daughter).
I have just read Eight Feet in the Andes, a heart-wrending account of the abject, unbelievable poverty and beauty of rural Peru, its incredible landscapes and its indiginous Indians, trapped in an apparent "moribund culture", very moving indeed.

I look forward to reading all her books. Thank you Dervla, for the experiences you share, and your compassionate and intelligent insight and your love of life, humanity. travels in wildernesses and especially remote, (rather high) mountains. I have visited the himalayas (Pokhara, Badrinath, Kashmir, parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan) and have so loved reading your descriptions of the high ranges and the way of life of so many different cultures.

We westerners can often be ignorant and blinkered, taking so much for granted in our quite privileged society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Child on 10 Oct. 2011
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A friend recommended Dervla Murphy to me, so I thought I'd start with her very first book. She has a good, easy to read, flowing style with a wry sense of humour. I thought her journey, alone on a bicycle, from Ireland to India was insane and by the end of the book I was confirmed that Derval Murphy is that priceless human being, a true eccentric with a free spirit. She's also very strong, mentally, physically and spiritually which I find admirable. Afghanistan is described with much affection and it is sad to realise how much it has changed since 1963 with a Russian invasion and the Taliban ruining what sounds like a beautiful, medieval country. I'll probably read some more Derval Murphy in due course.
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