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Round Ireland With A Fridge [Paperback]

Tony Hawks
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Book Description

6 May 1999

'I hereby bet Tony Hawks the sum of One Hundred Pounds that he cannot hitchhike round the circumference of Ireland, with a fridge, within one calendar month'

A foolhardy attempt to win a drunken bet led to Tony Hawks having one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty travelling-companion-cum-domestic-appliance, he found himself in the midst of a remarkable, inspirational and, at times, downright silly adventure.

In their month of madness, Tony and his fridge surfed together; entered a batchelor festival; and one of them had sex without the other knowing. The fridge got christened, and they even met the poorest king on Earth.

An absurd story of an extraordinary adventure, Round Ireland with a Fridge follows the fearless pair as they battle towards Dublin and a breathtaking finale that is moving, uplifting, and a fitting conclusion to the whole ridiculous affair.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (6 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091867770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091867775
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Hawks lives in London. He leads a diverse life and has various 'jobs', such as performing stand up comedy, appearing as a panellist on TV and radio (Have I Got News For You, Just A Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), acting, writing, playing tennis, and making music.

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On his only prior visit to Ireland, songwriter/comic Tony Hawks had seen a man hitchhiking with a refrigerator. For years, he was wont to tell the tale during late-night drinking matches, and after one particularly heavy-duty night of partying, he awoke to find a bet scrawled pillow-side: a friend wagered 100 pounds that Hawks wouldn't travel Ireland for a month with a refrigerator at his side.

Out of this stupid premise, a ridiculously amusing book was born. Quickly discovered by the Irish media, the thumbing Englishman finds that he and his box fridge are elevated to celebrity status, and there's no dearth of rides, places to stay or goofy people to meet, from kings to spoons players to locals who take his fridge surfing. As insightful about the strange inner workings of Hawk's mind as it is about charming peculiarities of Irishmen--it's doubtful that Hawks would have been similarly embraced by Germans, Italians, or the French--Round Ireland with a Fridge is an entirely silly, heart-warming tale told in a rollicking funny and refreshing style. --Melissa Rossi


"Not just brilliantly written, but far too hilarious to read alone in a public place" (Sunday Independent, Ireland)

"Hawks's account shows the Irish at their whimsical best" (Daily Telegraph)

"Very light-hearted, he captures the generosity, warmth and humour of Ireland" (Red)

"Part autobiography, part travelogue, part insane Guinness-addled ramblings" (Irish Times)

"Absolutely brilliant from start to finish - Tony Hawks is just as funny at the written word as he is on the box" (Doncaster Courier)

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest thing you'll read. 2 May 2001
I bought this book on one of my many wanders through Amazon largely because of the title. The absurdity of the premise that somebody would hitch hike around Ireland with a fridge, touched the maverick side of me and so I bought it.
Simply, it is one of the funniest books you'll read. It combines the day to day adventures of Tony along with the ridiculous situations that he finds himself in. The reaction of the Irish people that he comes across is irrational and typical at the same time. It is very laugh-out-loud funny as well as touching and moving, acting as a metaphor for life - and all written brilliantly.
If you're reading this review it means that you want persuading before you commit to buying the book. Then do yourself a favour and take the punt and stick it in your basket. You won't be sorry.
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I'm not sure how many times I've read this book over, but it never fails to make me laugh. I think in part it is because it supports my own experiences of travelling in Ireland - though sans refrigerator - and brings back a lot of warm memories... though not of the weather; like Tony Hawks, my first experience of Irish weather was opening my curtains to sheeting rain! Still, you don't go to Ireland for the weather, you go for the Guinness and the craic (not to mention the scenery, the music, the people, the change of pace...). It's been too long, it makes me want to go back, but if I can't get there, this is the next best thing for me. Incidentaly, one tip for travellers that he (not surprisingly) fails to mention is that if you visit a pub in Ireland, only order pints (or more if possible) - halves are charged at almost the same price in a lot of places. It just doesn't seem to be done! It's an inspiring read - it proves that with sufficient bloody-mindedness, and the backing of a whole country (!), anything is possible. I found the book a refreshingly honest and entertaining read. Tony Hawks's style is naturalistic and at times unpolished, but I don't think that detracts in any way. In fact, it reminds you that basically he's a pretty ordinary bloke on a pretty ridiculous journey with a somewhat misplaced piece of kitchen equipment - and that's the story he's trying to tell, after all.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This should keep you turning pages happily on an aeroplane. Basically, Tony Hawks hitched around Ireland with a small fridge on a trolley, updated Irish radio listeners on a local programme and came up with one of the best travel books (or books full stop) I've read all year. He's likeable the way Bill Bryson is likeable, and it's laugh out loud the way not many writers are. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the graffiti some tosser had written on the side of the fridge - yuck. Otherwise, warm, wonderfully written, bloody hilarious. All the good things. Only in Ireland...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Read the reviews and bought the book. How anyone can give this book a bad review, I don't know. Once I started it and began laughing just from the introduction; as well as driving my wife mad with my laughing, I couldn't put it down.
Tony Hawles, despite being on the telly, seems to be a regular sort of guy doing something particularly stupid and the people of Ireland warming to him and vice versa. There is humour, heartbreak and even sex in a dog kennel!
Wary of many people cashing in on dreamed up ventures, Tony Hawkes is not one of them and there appears to be genuine warmth and writing from the heart throughout the book. A happy tale and an absolutely superb read. BUY BUY BUY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fridge Magnate 2 Mar 2009
Being a fan of Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace I felt it about time to go back and read the book that seemed to start the silly bet genre, `Round Ireland With a Fridge'. In this book Tony Hawks describes how for a 100 he bet he could hitchhike around the cost of Ireland with only a fridge for company along the way meeting the great people of the country. This type of book succeeds or fails in two areas - the idea and the narrator. As an idea, hike hiking with a fridge, is a good one, and luckily Hawks is an amiable story teller (as his blagging on the journey suggests). The book does not have as many laugh out loud moments as Wallace's work, but it does seem slightly more intelligent. As usual the moral of the book is less about the task itself, but the people who Tony met on the way.

In this case there are plenty of nice people, and plenty of eccentric people, who Tony meets. Although light the book did feel truthful and there did not appear to be any obvious lies. One area I found a little discomforting was Hawks' preoccupation with sex on occasion. Admittedly he is a single man on his travels, but he falls in and out of lust several times on the trip. This animal need is not an area that the likes of Gorman or Wallace have in their books and I think that's a good thing as it does add a tinge of the macabre to an otherwise light book.

As the one of the earliest silly bet books `Fridge' is good, but does suffer from being so early. Other authors were able to look at this book and evolve it slightly with better contained narratives and more interesting bets. However, it was a pleasant read and I am sure that the later books by Hawks only grow in stature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first and best
Love Tony's writing and always have. This was one of the first such humorous travel books written, and rightly it has been very successful. It has been much copied. Read more
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Very amusing. I laughed out loud whilst reading the first few pages. It became a little less interesting as the story developed but still a good light, holiday read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A laugh out loud book, would definitely recommend if you are looking to holiday in Ireland. The most friendliest people in the world.
Published 15 days ago by Thomas O'Gara
5.0 out of 5 stars a laugh on every page.
I gave 5 stars because this is the funniest book I have read for a long time. Just couldn't put it down and couldn't stop giggling, to the great annoyance of my husband. Read more
Published 27 days ago by pat dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Round Ireland with a fridge
The book was full of humour which was what I was hoping for. I had seen him on tv and found him very amusing.
Published 1 month ago by Audrey
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having listened to this on CD decided to buy the book I thoroughly recommend it book in good condition thanx
Published 2 months ago by Lynne Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars an unusual tale
After a jerky start, the book flowed quite smoothly. I wonder how the author would have got on without the support and
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Published 3 months ago by Gillian Mary Townson
5.0 out of 5 stars Round Ireland with a Fridge
What a story. Now can't wait to watch the DVD! Tony Hawks is a master at telling a good tale.
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This did not work. It has confirmed the order but it has not appeared on my Kindle. This has not happened before. It has put my off buying more in case it happens again.
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