The author describes her 3000-mile ride on her trusty bicycle, Rozinante. She travelled across Europe, through Persia and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan, and on into India. The six-month journey began during the worst winter in living memory (1962/63) and, even when the weather improved, there were enough difficulties and dangers to test the endurance of even the most intrepid traveller. Although Murphy was grateful for the revolver packed in her saddle-bag, she found that, in spite of vanishing tracks and political chaos, her journey was to be marked by unexpected kindnesses. Dervla Murphy's other travel books include "Muddling Through In Madagascar" and "Cameroon With Egbert".
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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)
Fascinating, gripping and completely satisfying ( Liverpool Echo)
[Dervla Murphy is] always great value ... fascinating account of her trials and tribulations, and also the beauty of her journey ( Eastern Daily Press)
For an insight into a unique region, and a unique woman, you couldn't do much better than this. ( James Herron, Geographical Magazine)
Dervla Murphy proves herself a true traveller ... who engages sympathy from the start by her qualities of tact, charity and courage ( The Spectator)
Shortly after her tenth birthday, inspired by an atlas she was given, Dervla Murphy decided to cycle to India. Almost twenty years later she set out to achieve her ambition, pedalling her trusty bicycle, Roz.
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