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Full Tilt

Ireland to India With A Bicycle

Murphy, Dervla

Book - 1986
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Full Tilt

Publisher: Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1986.
ISBN: 0879512369
Characteristics: xviii, 235 p. ; 21 cm.


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"On my 10th birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as gifts, and a few days later I decided to cycle to India...However, I was a cunning child so I kept my ambition to myself, thus avoiding the tolerant amusement it would have provoked among my elders." —Dervla Murphy Long before Elizabeth Gilbert ate, prayed and loved; and years before Cheryl Strayed found herself on the Pacific Coast Tra… (more)

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Mar 14, 2015

Would love if this was available as an e-book!

Nov 03, 2011
  • saucyb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

one of my favorite books in the last few years. opinionated, witty, adventurous, and a powerhouse of a young woman, this author tackles the mountains of central asia on a BICYCLE and has no prejudices in meeting people from the most foreign of lands. so much insight that is still remarkably relevant 50 yrs later. a MUST READ!

Jul 17, 2011
  • tharnia rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Fult Tilt" is an engaging book penned by a born adventurer.

It glosses over a bit on some of the details I was curious about: the tour portion out of Ireland for instance.

Also, her preparations for such a formidable trip would have set the mood nicely.

Some of the travel arrangements (visas, border crossings, etc.) are downright quaint in contrast to today's rigid bureacracies. And on a historical level the book is icompelling (eg. as Murphy travels through 'the iron curtain,' and experiences an Afghanistan where the seeds of modern-day dischord are being sown).

It's a book to read for Murphy's humour and vivid, quick-witted writing style, not a book you'd read as a practical 'how-to' guide. A story that will inspire even the most intrepid cycle tourist.


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