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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (6 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091867770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091867775
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,347 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

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"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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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By R. Montalto on 2 May 2001
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 2 Mar. 2009
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerben Kappert on 9 Sept. 2003
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I love people who have stupid ideas. I just adore those people who not only have stupid ideas, but actually make them reality. Tony Hawks is one of that last kind. Completely drunk he agrees to a bet to travel around Ireland with a fridge. Hitchhiking that is. If he wins, he gets 100 pounds, the fridge only cost him 130, which makes the bet even more ridiculous. But he agreed to do it, so he went.
This book is an hilarious account of what happened when he travelled through the country. The fridge and Tony become good mates, the little machine even gets a name, gets baptised, learns how to surf and plenty of other things. Tony himself is being dubbed the Fridge Man and becomes somewhat of a hero, with the backing of a local radio show who announces his plans for the day and sends people to help him everywhere. And so he does get help everywhere. Cabdrivers take him to the edge of town, bed and breakfast places offer him free lodging and most pubs are full of people offering the fridge man a beer. Or two. Or twenty seven.
Obviously he manages to win the bet, not a surprise. I wouldn't have written a book about the whole story had I lost the bet. The only disadvantage of the book is that after a while things become fairly predicatable. More beer, another radio interview and another free bed someplace new. Still, I rushed through it and read it in a day or so. Great book, funny story, brilliant characters. I guess I have to buy his next book as well now, where he manages to play tennis against the whole Moldavian football team. Anybody for another stupid bet?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2001
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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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