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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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  • 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 (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,564 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel with a sense of humour 9 Sep 2003
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Tony Hawks has hit on something special here. Without wanting to sound cliched, this book definitely made me 'laugh out loud'. The whole dynamic of the book rests on the difference between the English and the Irish cultures. It certainly makes us English view ouselves for what we are. Tony Hawks transfers his excellent talent for comedy on to the printed page with ease, and has a sharp eye for character detail, so much so that I found myself really identifying with the characters he meets on his journey. In fact you get so seriously engrossed in the highs and lows of this expedition, that you tend to forget it is a story about a man hitchhiking with a fridge. However absurd the idea, it really doesn't matter. If you can handle bursting into uncontrollable laughter each time you pick this book up, then buy it. A hitchhike has never been so interesting.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, engaging and entertaining, would highly recommend
Brilliant book about Hawks adventures round Ireland with a fridge and well told story that is highly entertaining.
Published 8 hours ago by Jenny H
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A fun read which makes you want to travel with obscure objects.
Published 4 days ago by Kathryn Tindale
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC Unless you want to bust out laughing on a crowded train! Good fun and a great writing style - light-hearted but interesting and really good to get to the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by E. Coomber
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very funny, last read Piano in the Pyrenees also very entertaining
Published 23 days ago by Paul Ingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly funny, I dare anyone to read it and not ...
I have never physically cried laughing over a book BUT this is the first book to make me do so... Incredibly funny, I dare anyone to read it and not enjoy it!!
Published 1 month ago by Dave.M.M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Ron Knott
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
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Nicholas - Author
5.0 out of 5 stars It became a little less interesting as the story developed but still a...
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.
Published 1 month ago by Speedle
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 1 month 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 2 months ago by pat dowling
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