Round Ireland With A Fridge
'I hereby bet Tony Hawks the sum of One Hundred Pounds that he cannot hitchhike round the circumference of Ireland, with a fridge, within one calendar month'
A foolhardy attempt to win a drunken bet led to Tony Hawks having one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty travelling-companion-cum-domestic-appliance, he found himself in the midst
So this is one of those gently amusing books arising from somebody deciding to do something stupid for a bet. Had Hawks tried to do this in a less prosperous part of the world a good part...more
It reminds me of my travels from when I was in college, when much of the excitement was a direct result of me and my friends being stupid and broke, and consequently everything around us goes wrong. And all of us wishing we were getting laid.
Tony Hawks is basically all of those things. Except he's probably still a little less broke, a smidge more competent, and a whole lot funnier than your average idiot on a college road trip. The premise, of course, is that Haw...more
Unfortunately, that's the funniest part of the book. The rest of it - I got the feeling the author hadn't quite settled into his narrative voice in a written medium; much of it sounded like the kind of prolonged story that'd be hilarious if someone told it to you while you were having a couple of drinks with him. That doesn't...more
This book really shows the good of people and the lengths some will go to to help someone else with no thought of reward. It's sad to think that this sort of thing would increasingly be harder to accomplish as people turn more inwards and less likely to help one another.
At times laugh out loud funny and at other times philosophical...more
Round Ireland with a Fridge is a true story, about Tony Hawks who took a bet that he could travel around the Republic of Ireland with a fridge, only by hitchhiking within one calendar month. The bet being for 100 pounds. However, the tale is that much more hilarious...more
Tony Hawks knows how to make you laugh, even when you don't want to. I've earned my fair share of strange looks after I burst out with a chuckle at this book. In the first pages of recounting how the sordid wager to travel around Ireland with fridge in tow came about, Hawks paints a picture of the bizarre. On...more
Tony Hawks once did a comedy show in Ireland, and saw the bizarre sight of someone hitch-hiking with a fridge as though this were a perfectly normal thing to do. Telling this to a group of friends back in England led to a drunken bet that he could hitch-hike all the way around Ireland in under a month, with a fridge.
The story of the journey is amusing, but the reaction he gets is much what you would expect, bemused but genial helpfulness. The...more
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect from this book when I borrowed it from a fellow book club member. I don't read a whole lot of nonfiction, but when she said she liked it and that was good enough for...more
Following a late-night bar bet, Tony finds himself setting out from Dublin with a small fridge on a trolley, a rucksack and high hopes of hitchhiking around Ireland. Granted, he did get a bit of a boost from a nationally-heard radio show but his adventures, the people he met, time in pub...more
The back of the book had promised that it would owe some to Bill Bryson, and I found that it did, but without some of Bryson's more endea...more
Whether you've been to Ireland or not, this book will absolutely entertain you. From its author's ups and downs to the incredible and boundless hospitality of the Irish people, I could not stop laughing.
For those bound for the Emerald Isle, ask yourself: What Would Tony Do?
After a rather drunken soirée amongst friends, Tony Hawks wakes up to find a note betting his mate that he can hitchhike around Ireland with a fridge within a month. Being the pioneer that he evidently is, Tony goes through with the bet and this book is all about his adventures once he has crossed the Irish sea.
Much of the book focuses on the different reactions to his fridge and it does take some to consider the Irish philosophy and way of life also...more
I think the problem is that each chapter is basically the same. TH has his bet to travel around Ireland with a fridge facilitated by a radio show that's following his story. So it's really not as wacky and visionary as it sounds -- more like a stunt...more
At first I was worried that maybe I had become immune from the hilarity of the usually unpredictable, charismatic and idiosyncratic eccentricities of the Irish due to having travelled a fair b...more
Prompted by such an unsober bet in a London Party, starts the journey of Tony Hawks, round the Irish country where things always fall into place 'aiding and abetting' him to complete the bet. And through it flows the enriching experience of a Man and a Fridge(Saoirse), as they together hitch-hike around a series of hilarious events meeting a...more
In fact the book at times is utterly hilarious; Hawks is a shrewd observer and has comic pacing to spare. There’s very little “t...more