Full Tilt

Ireland to India with a Bicycle
Author(s): Dervla Murphy
Genre: Travel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100110244
Released: Jun 28, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781781982594
Narrator/s: Emma Lowe
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Please log in to view pricing


Full Tilt is the inspiring true story of Dervla Murphy's 1963 journey from Ireland to India on an Armstrong Cadet bicycle and the trials, landscapes and cultures she encountered along the way. The route takes her through the valleys and snowy mountain passes of Europe and India to the scorching deserts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the metal of her bicycle, Rozinante (named after Don Quixote's steed), becomes too hot to touch. She travels alone, without luxuries, sleeping on the floors of teahouses or on blankets outdoors, vulnerable to wild animals, insects and thieves. However, she is often met with generosity and kindness, and shares many meaningful encounters with the locals. Her portrayal here gives a fascinating insight into the unique communities of the Middle East in the early 1960s.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Dervla Murphy
Narrator(s): Emma Lowe
Genre: Travel
Product Number DD46906
Released: Sep 17, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781094057125

Professional reviews

"In a comfortable Irish lilt, Dublin-born narrator Emma Lowe captures the author's adventurous spirit, courage, and gritty determination to ride a bicycle more than 5,000 miles from London through the Italian Alps, across Eastern Europe and Turkey, through northern Iran and Afghanistan, over the Hindu Kush mountains to Pakistan, and on to New Delhi. There's an amazing calmness to Lowe's voice as she recounts taking on wolves, gun-toting bandits, and extreme temperatures, all while pedaling away. The year 1963 was an interesting year to be traveling through some of the most isolated edges of the Middle East, and Lowe presents the author's tone of deep appreciation and admiration for the easy hospitality shown to her by diverse people who had gone untouched by outside influences for centuries. B.P. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"