The Slow Road to Tehran: A Revelatory Bike Ride through Europe and the Middle East (Hardback)
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The Slow Road to Tehran: A Revelatory Bike Ride through Europe and the Middle East (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 24/03/2022
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In an attempt to understand more about the troubles and communities of the region, Lowe cycled through the Middle East as the Syrian Civil War raged, and The Slow Road to Tehran is her compelling account of a tempestuous journey alleviated by the kindness and hospitality of strangers.

One woman, one bike and one richly entertaining, perception-altering journey of discovery.

In 2015, as the Syrian War raged and the refugee crisis reached its peak, Rebecca Lowe set off on her bicycle across the Middle East. Driven by a desire to learn more about this troubled region and its relationship with the West, Lowe's 11,000-kilometre journey took her through Europe to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf and finally to Iran.

It was an odyssey through landscapes and history that captured her heart, but also a deeply challenging cycle across mountains, deserts and repressive police states that nearly defeated her. Plagued by punctures and battling temperatures ranging from -6 to 48C, Lowe was rescued frequently by farmers and refugees, villagers and urbanites alike, and relied almost entirely on the kindness and hospitality of locals to complete this living portrait of the modern Middle East.

This is her evocative, deeply researched and often very funny account of her travels - and the people, politics and culture she encountered.

Publisher: September Publishing
ISBN: 9781914613029
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


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'A terrifically compelling book, bursting with humour, adventure and insight into the rich landscapes and history of the Middle East. Lowe recounts the beauty, kindnesses and complexities of the lands she travels through with an illuminating insight. A wonderful new travel writer.' - Sir Ranulph Fiennes 'By cycling solo across the Middle East for 11,000 kilometres, Rebecca Lowe has achieved a remarkable feat. Her account of this grand journey is admirably observant, unfailingly humane and humorously self-aware to just the right degree. She shows sensitivity to the uniquely Middle Eastern lives she encounters while also maintaining an eye for their chaotic opera of quotidian dramas. This is a book that makes you laugh, gasp, cry and learn something about the many peoples of the Middle East.' - Arash Azizi, author of The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, The US and Iran's Global Ambitions 'This is modern travel writing at its very best, full of vim and vigour, painstakingly researched, laced with wry humour, political (without being too political), adventurous and rich with anecdote. As Lowe checks in her beloved, much dented and repaired bicycle (nicknamed Maud) at Tehran's airport, I couldn't help but whisper: bravo!' - The Critic

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“A must read for anyone who loves travel writing, cycling and/or geopolitics”

A fantastic account of one women’s journey cycling through the Middle East. Thoroughly researched and humorous, Rebecca Lowe gives us a much needed different perspective on countries scarred by political turmoil and... More

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