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A Wonderful Autobiography from a Legendary Writer
on 13 December 2010
Having grown up near Lismore where Dervla Murphy is from I was always aware of her as a shadowy, enigmatic presence in the town. Murphy went on from her Waterford origins to become a legendary, pioneering travel writer. On her trusty bicycle, Roz, she made incredible journeys, often alone or later with her young daughter.
Wheels Within Wheels is the story of her early years when such adventures were often dreamed of but rarely realised. It is an intimate portrait of an independent childhood, a sometimes painful family life and a novel-worthy love affair.
My familiarity with the places of Dervla's youth probably did increase my enjoyment of this book but, even without that insight, I think it's a remarkable read.