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Dervla Murphy's epic journey began during the coldest winter in living memory, and took her through Europe, Persia (Iran), Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India. A woman travelling alone in these countries was the unusual focus of interest and, even when the weather improved, there were difficulties and dangers enough to satisfy the most dedicated traveller. But although, in a world of vanishing tracks and political chaos, the solitary cyclist was grateful for the revolver in her saddle bag, her journey was enriched by acts of unexpected kindness. Full Tilt was Dervla Murphy's first journey and first book, starting a long and celebrated life of travel writing in the most remote and wildest parts of the world. So for someone who has read one of her books and enjoyed it, or for anyone who would like to get to know the work of one of our greatest and most intrepid travel writers, this is the book to take you back to where it all started.
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Dervla Murphy is one of the very best loved of travel writers. She was born in County Waterford and since 1964 has been regularly publishing accounts of her journeys - by bicycle and on foot -- in the remoter areas of four continents. She has also written about the problems of Northern Ireland, the hazards of nuclear power, and race relations in Britain. The Times Literary Supplement called her 'an admirable woman -- she has a romantic soul and a keen eye'.

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'Captivating ! an enchantment that holds the reader as engrossed as would an exciting thriller' -- Irish Independent 'A distinctive and highly entertaining account of the tribulations encountered and the beauty along the way' -- Times Educational Supplement 'Her seven-month journey is continuously entertaining, and her fortitude continuously astonishing' -- Sunday Telegraph 'By almost anyone else's standards she had a hell of a time, but she communicates a high enjoyment that will be shared by all her readers' -- Daily Telegraph 'Few people can have had a better chance of understanding Asian people than Dervla Murphy' -- Daily Telegraph 'This book has the charm of spontaneity and the ring of absolute truth' -- Irish Times 'Warmly described, and with a lack of self-regard that immediately endears her to the reader' -- Sunday Times "Warmly entertaining book ... range of engaging traveller's tales" -- Western Daily Press 20040110 'Fascinating, gripping and completely satisfying' -- Liverpool Echo 20040103 '[Dervla Murphy is] always great value ... fascinating account of her trials and tribulations, and also the beauty of her journey' -- Eastern Daily Press 20040124 'For an insight into a unique region, and a unique woman, you couldn't do much better than this.' -- James Herron, Geographical Magazine 20040301 'Dervla Murphy proves herself a true traveller ... who engages sympathy from the start by her qualities of tact, charity and courage' -- The Spectator 20040301

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