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Josie Dew
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10 Jun 1993

As a young girl, Josie Dew developed an overpowering urge to travel. She also fell out of a fast-moving vehicle and, rather inconveniently, developed a lifelong aversion to cars. Along came her first bicycle, and she has never looked back. Four continents, thirty-six countries and eighty thousand miles worth of astounding adventures, eccentric characters, varied cultures and ever-enduring optimism are the result of her travels.

From Saharan locust invasions to tree-climbing goats, and a customs official who wouldn't let her leave India because 'You are making me a very fine wife', her encounters are described with honesty, wit and perception. Strange incidents and bizarre circumstances punctuate her journeys: in Nepal she met a team of Frenchmen running from Paris to China, and a cyclist on his way from one Olympic Games to the next. In Udaipur she was greeted by everyone with the refrain 'Hello Mr. Jamie Bond Octopussy filmed here', whilst her view of post-Ceausescu Romania, a nation suffering and starving, affected her both physically and mentally.

THE WIND IN MY WHEELS is informative, illuminating, and ceaselessly amusing.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (10 Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751502499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751502497
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josie Dew needs little introduction...her writing is chattery and matter of fact (CYCLING PLUS)

For a really inspiring read, try Josie Dew's THE WIND IN MY WHEELS. (RADIO TIMES)

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* Essential reading for armchair travellers and cyclists alike - Josie Dew's first book of her adventures in several countries...

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring!! 6 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I am a London Cyclist and have followed Josie's travels around the world, as well as reading her articles in the London Cyclist. She is a fantastic writer and a spunky woman. This book is funny, insightful and ends with an incident that would put the rest of us off travelling for life... but not Josie. She has inspired me to keep going after being hit by a car, and I hope she has affected many more people the way she has affected me.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 May 2004
By A Customer
This is a brilliant book. Her observations are so honest and often very very funny. She is inspiring right up to the last page and makes you want to go and buy a decent bike and take off. Fantastic!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 8 Jan 2014
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I would rate any book by Josie Dew as 5 * as I just love reading her books.She must write more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A little too much wind. 30 Mar 2013
I first read about Josie Dew and her cycling escapades in a cycling magazine for which she wrote a regular article. Being a keen cycle tourer,I eagerly awaited
her fearless stories about life on a bike.
This book, while being a collection of different adventures in nine different
countries manages to hang together..just..but without any sense of natural
continuity. I find it increasingly difficult however to view some of her more
hair-raising stories as anthing but credible. Indeed, she takes an almost
macabre delight in nosing in on most people's idea of extreme danger, to the
point of exageration.
I can understand she needs to find 'material' to write about but the sort of
accommodation she regularly chooses to stay, namely rat infested fleapits with
communal hole in the ground for a toilet, is beyond belief. She treats the
whole issue of disease and dysentry in India as something which affects other
people as if she were immune.
She tends to be rather flippant about travelling solo in places well known for
hostility and sexual harrassment, choosing to gleefully ignore any well-meaning
warnings from experienced male travellers or locals in the know.
Generally speaking, the book will appeal to some, depending on what is expected
from such a book. But other female travel writers such as Bettina Selby or
Dervla Murphy write with far more sensitivity and educated knowledge about the
world around them and not just regurgitating a guidebook. They at least don't
have the irritatingly repetitive fetish of describing in gory detail their
alfresco toilet habits..
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken Away 23 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Fab, brilliant easily readable anywhere, mine was in india really apt for some of the encounters she had. Brilliantly viewed and written. As a cyclist also found this most refreshing that my own cycling nightmares also happened to others! Everyone should read this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wind In My Wheels 9 Jan 2013
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As with other Josie Dew books this one is written with plenty of humour and human observation.
The worrying part is the number of occasions that she puts herself in mortal danger, riding into situations that most sensible folks would steer clear of. Maybe lone cycling does things to the mind that make you drop your guard once in a while in the name of ADVENTURE. The author makes cycling sound fun and much more earth friendly than driving a smelly fuel powered steel box. Enjoy the book, I couldn't put it down, and then get the bike out and ride, for your health and the health of your children.
Now that Josie has two young gilrs (see her website) she will calm down; I do hope so as the strain of reading her predicaments is getting to me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was for my friend 1 Jan 2013
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He had met the author once in Hawaii. He said it was okay, but not as good as other books about travelers on bikes he'd read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 25 Aug 2012
By Heather
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I have just bought this book again after reading it years ago when I was looking for a travel book .I wasn't really interested in cycling but after reading this I bought my first bike and then went on to buy a touring bike to do some cycle touring myself .
It really inspired me to get out and about instead of just reading about it .I would highly recommend it .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
found this travel book very interesting and quite funny
Josie is an exellent writer ,pick it up you cant put it down .
Published on 20 July 2011 by albert
3.0 out of 5 stars This girl just wants to have fun!
I read this book for a third time recently and found myself enjoying it all over again. The author seems to cycle and write with a great joy for life and takes nothing and no one... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2011 by Milemuncher
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book a long time ago
Having returned to this book and all the others now written I'm surprised that it has taken me so long to buy them! Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Josie is a great writer: quirky and fun. This really is a very good read and I can recommend that you read it.
Published on 25 April 2010 by Susan Leonard
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
This was very disappointing. I love travel and adventure books especially about those who go it alone. Read more
Published on 14 July 2009 by MarshMan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wind in My Wheels
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is one gutsy little lady who has travelled the world on her bicycle and gives an excellent and explicit account of her travels. Read more
Published on 28 May 2009 by M Spence
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
I came to this hopefully, on the basis of the other reviews, but it's rubbish. Superficial, trite, occasionally racist; she is openly aggressive towards and dismissive of Americans... Read more
Published on 26 May 2009 by Bezza
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