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Round Ireland in Low Gear (Picador Books) Paperback – 4 Nov 1988

3.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (4 Nov. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330304909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330304900
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,391,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Funny, revealing and thoroughly enjoyable' -- Irish Independent

About the Author

Eric Newby was born in London in 1919. In 1938, he joined the four-masted Finnish barque Moshulu as an apprentice and sailed in the last Grain Race from Australia to Europe, by way of Cape Horn. During World War II, he served in the Black Watch and the Special Boat Section. In 1942, he was captured and remained a prisoner-of-war until 1945. He subsequently married the girl who helped him to escape, and for the next fifty years, his wife Wanda was at his side on many adventures. After the war, he worked in the fashion business and book publishing but always travelled on a grand scale, sometimes as the Travel Editor for the Observer. He was made CBE in 1994 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. Eric Newby died in 2006.


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Unusually for Eric Newby there is little joy or celtic charm in this disappointing and, at times, positively turgid travelogue.
I can't help but concur with another reviewer's comment and add that Newby's occasional and unwelcome patronising comments (on the Irish and the inclement weather) might well result from a bad mood after quill dampening! Why the hapless reader should suffer from his ludicrous choice of travel time (touring Ireland by bike, in the winter, with sketchy preparation) is beyond me.
If you want a refreshing travelogue angle, and Ireland is your cup of Guinness, then try Tony Hawkes' 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' which is more original and wittier.
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For anyone who has or has dreamed of cycling in Ireland, this is the book for you. It shows that you don't have to be super fit; if two OAPs can do it so can you. The book gives a good flavour of the Irish people, its landscape and history before the Celtic Tiger was unleashed. If you've ever thought about cyling in Ireland, go now before it's too late, because very soon it will be just like everywhere else! If you can't or wont cycle, sit in your armchair and live it through the adventures of Eric and Wanda Newby who made the trip in the 1980's.
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This was not a Newby book I had read before - somehow I had missed it when I read his other stuff years ago. Some of the reviews written about it are I think too harsh. I found it a great read and packed with interesting bits of history plus of course the unique Newby view of life. Perhaps it was a bit contrived - rather as if he had some bills to pay and decided he needed to do something which could form the basis of a book. Going to Ireland on a push bike in the middle of winter certainly gave him things to write about but he never explained why they went in winter, leaving me to speculate he went so it would be horrible and thus present material for the book.

Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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I stopped reading this book, I found it very tiresome.
There was far too much content relating to history and religion for me and not enough experience of the journey.

I was very disappointed as I enjoy holidaying in Ireland and hoped this book would transport me there. As a cyclist there was also very little technical cycling reference material.
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Why the author and his wife chose to cycle around Ireland in such atrocious weather is a mystery to me. Surely spring or summer would have been a better option. His history knowledge of Ireland is impressive.
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