During the particularly harsh winter of 1963, Dervla Murphy rode her bicycle across Europe, Persia, Afghanistan, the Himalayas, Pakistan and India. This account of her extraordinary solo journey tells of her resourcefulness in the face of personal dangers and unexpected encounters. Dervla Murphy has also written "In Ethiopia with a Mule", ...
During the particularly harsh winter of 1963, Dervla Murphy rode her bicycle across Europe, Persia, Afghanistan, the Himalayas, Pakistan and India. This account of her extraordinary solo journey tells of her resourcefulness in the face of personal dangers and unexpected encounters. Dervla Murphy has also written "In Ethiopia with a Mule", "Muddling through in Madagascar", "Eight Feet in the Andes", "On a Shoestring to Coorg", "The Waiting Land" and "Where the Indus is Young".
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UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 1978 John Murray edition, (Dervla Murphy, daughter of a former County Librarian of Waterford, was given a bicycle and an atlas for her tenth birthday, but it was not until twenty-one years later, when freed of family responsibilities, that she was able to realise her secret ambition to bicycle to India. In January 1963, one of the worst winters in memory, she started off from Dunkirk, and in an introductory chapter she tells of her arduous progress across frozen Europe. This highly individual account of her extraordinary journey is based on the daily diary she kept while riding through Persia, Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India. A woman traveller on her own with a bicycle (even with a revolver in her saddle-bag), in such hazardous countries still largely untouched by modernisation, was an unusual focus of interest to say the least of it, and the problems of finding a track across scorching deserts or the ice, snow and storms of mountains were no ordinary problems)
Publishers Weekly, 1986-02-07 Here is the first American appearance of a book by Irish travel writer Murphy. Originally published in 1965, it is the diary of her bicycle trek from Dunkirk, across Europe, through Iran and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and India. Murphy's immediate rapport with the people she alights among is vibrant and appealing and makes her travelogue unique. Venturing aloneaccompanied only by her bicycle, which she dubs Rozthe indomitable Murphy not only survives daunting physical rigors but gleans considerable enjoyment in getting to know peoples who were then even more remote than they are now. Overlook will also soon publish in uniform editions Murphy's Eight Feet in the Andes, The Waiting Land and On a Shoestring to Coorg. (March 21)
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