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Round Ireland in Low Gear (Picador Books) Paperback – 4 Nov 1988
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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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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.
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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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If Newby isn't the finest travel writer of all time, I'd like to know who is. Wonderful book, full of life and humour.Published on 25 July 2014 by Neil