Today I’m sharing with you a book which I’ve been very late to photograph and show and which I’m already reading. A huge thank you to September Publishing and Rachel for a copy of this memoir which looks and sounds so good, and a special thank you for it being delivered in packaging which was so well wrapped as to not damage the book’s dust jacket at all. As I’ve said, I have just begun this (a little later than planned) so I’ll be reviewing it as soon as I finish it, but first let’s take a look at which book this is…
The Slow Road to Tehran by Reecca Lowe – 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 route 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 48˚C, 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.
The Slow Road to Tehran is her evocative, deeply researched and often very funny account of her journey – and the people, politics and culture she encountered.
Doesn’t this sound so interesting? I was especially intrigued by a woman cycling through these regions and on nothing but a bicycle! 🙂 I can’t wait to finish this and share my thoughts on this book with you soon. In the meantime tell me what memoirs you have enjoyed, if any?
What do you think of this book? Have you ever travelled to the places mentioned in the blurb? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂