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Round Ireland with a Fridge

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Have you ever made a drunken bet? Worse still, have you ever tried to win one? In attempting to hitchhike round Ireland with a fridge, Tony Hawks did both, and his foolhardiness led him to one of the best experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty traveling companion-cum-domestic appliance, he made his way from Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo, Galway, Clare,
Paperback, 248 pages
Published March 7th 2001 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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This is deeply, thoroughly OK, middle of the road inoffensive book, unless you are a fridge in which case you will probably not approve of being moved around the countryside. Fridges like to settle down. They are naturally homebodies. Movement can cause bubbles in the coolant tubes which is generally bad news.

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
Completely ridiculous and fun. A British man drunkenly accepts a 100 pound bet that he can't circumnavigate Ireland while hitchhiking with a small fridge (which ends up costing him 130 pounds). It's heartening to see all the people who help him out and really get behind his quest. Hawks has a real gift for laugh-out-loud funny writing. And there's something moving about the whole journey, too--the insight that can come from doing things that are a bit silly. Makes you want to find a household ap...more
This guy's funny. But ridiculous.

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
This is a gimmick travel book, and the gimmick is awesome: the author made a bar bet that he could travel around Ireland with a fridge. And by "travel," I mean "hithchike."

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 was awesome-- it's soo the type of travelogue I love to read. The title alone is enough to make you want to read it (and the cover, as tattered as it may be), but the premise behind his quest really hooked me. I read this book in about 2 days, and can honestly say that there wasn't a boring part to be found. In fact, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the people and situations he encountered, or just the way he described them. He's definitely got a way with humor, which I'm su...more
Sep 01, 2011 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kim by: Melki
The touching tale of a man and his fridge, this is the story of English comedian Tony Hawks who, for a £100 bet, hitch-hikes around Ireland in one month with a fridge.

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
Mar 21, 2008 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Travel Enthusiasts
Recommended to Andrea by: Nobody--I found it surfing the internet
What a fun book about a guy who lost a bet and thus hitch-hiked around Ireland with a fridge. (A true story.) I don't think I've ever laughed out loud as much as I did with this book. My only "complaint" would be that there wasn't enough info about the actual cities that he visited--I would have liked to learn more. The focus was really on the people, friendships and pubs. Definitely a fun read though if you're into travel books and can see the humor in hitch-hiking around Ireland with a fridge!...more
Emily Dyess
This book written by the British author/comedian Tony Hawks, not the American Skateboarder Tony Hawks,and is a hilarious adventure into the Republic of Ireland where the odder you appear to be, the more you are embraced by its people.

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
Dan Domme
"The more foolish, illogical, or surreal one's actions were perceived to be (and mine surely fell into one of these categories), the wider the arms of hospitality were opened in salutation."

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
I wouldn't intially have read this had it not been picked as a 'bookclub' read because I was imagining a less funny version of a Danny Wallace book - I like Danny Wallace so didn't think this would come up to scratch but it did in a slightly more subtle way...found myself laughing out loud on page one which was a good sign and continued to have a good chuckle throughout the book - I thought the author had a really good way with words, some witty observations and it kept me entertained. Would be...more
Kelsey Rude
Honestly, one of the funniest, happiest books I've ever read.
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 2000.

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
In Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks goes hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge in tow on a drunken bet. Along the way, he meets some interesting people, including a phony king, a nun and more town drunks that you can count all the while becoming the talk of Ireland.

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
This book captures a slice of life. In a way, it captures a super-concentrated life, as Tony experiences quite a lot in just a month. The book provides snapshots of the lives of all the people Tony encounters--people in bars, people who work in hotels, tourists, the radio people, the king of Tory. Tony writes about all these people in a personal way that allows us to see them, just people we would never know otherwise. And in the process, Tony forms connections with all of them. It doesn't matte...more
Apr 30, 2009 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Barbara by: Lesley - thanks!
Shelves: travel
Too much fun! Really enjoyed this off-kilter account of a man, a fridge, and a bet to hitchhike around Ireland. I don't know much about Tony Hawks except for what the book jacket says, but he tells a good story!

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
May 16, 2009 Fox rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Krissy, Haley, Maura
Recommended to Fox by: Townes v. Z.
Shelves: non-fiction, own, memoir, 2009
What a delightful book! The Fridge Man had it far too easy, relying primarily off of his own publicity in order to get rides. I would have liked it if he had had to overcome more adversity in the horrors of rural Ireland. Or if he had at least gotten into a few fights. As it was, this book was a lighthearted testimony to the absurd. Which was pretty fine by me.

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
There were a couple parts that made me laugh, but in general the author's attempts to be funny were depressingly unsuccessful. He didn't seem interested in learning anything about Ireland, either. When he was in Sligo, where my family is originally from, all he did was get drunk and watch a game of football/soccer. At one point he called Irish stepdancing 'River Dance', which is sort of a pet peeve of mine and which makes clear how little Hawks (who's from England) actually knows about Irish cul...more
An unimportant book...but a damn fine one.

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?
Ronna Nussbaum-langley
Very funny and highly recommended. Tony takes on a bet and travels around Ireland with nothing but himself and a fridge. He meets some amazing people. In some cases they don't even ask him why he has a fridge. Like it's normal or something. Read it!!!!!
re-reading ... a funny, fast read ... makes me want to pack up a dorm fridge and hit the roads
Tony, Tony, Tony. What an adventure you had!

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
Really enjoyed it.
So I officially don't care about this man or his fridge. I've been trying to get through this book for a couple of months now. I finally listed it on Goodreads because I thought it would give me an incentive to finish it. But it's just not happening.

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
This became a *page-a-day* book. It tells the story of a fellow who took a bet to hitch around the perimeter of Ireland while pulling a fridge on a trolley behind him. I chose it because it was supposed to be funny and because I love tales of the Irish people. It was mildly amusing at times and had a few tales of the good nature of many of the Irish. What impressed me the most in the telling was the notion that a national radio show took up the topic of the travel which made the trip an *event*...more
I was disappointed, really wanted to like it. I didn't laugh once-maybe British humor is beyond me, but it seemed to me he was looking down his nose at the Irish, and seemed to think they were all nutcases-this from a man trailing a mini-fridge. It would have interested me more if he wasn't a celebrity attracting attention-seems like most of his rides were pre-arranged due to the publicity. It would have been a totally different book if he'd been anonymous and actually hitched rides; he whined w...more
I don't think I've ever been as disappointed with a book as much as I am with this one. When I first came across it, I thought that the concept of a book being written about a man hitch-hiking around Ireland with a fridge was hilarious. Unfortunately, I don't think I laughed out loud once while reading it.

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
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.

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
The author, a comedian, hitch-hiked around the coast of Ireland with, as the title suggests, a small fridge in tow on a trolley. It was done for a bet, or on a whim, or just to write the book --- it’s not too important. The main thing is that Hawks did the feat, and writes about it with self-effacing wit and pointed observation of the eccentric characters along the way.

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
This is a pretty fun read. I was initially skeptical that the premise - a guy fulfilling the terms of a crazy, drunken bet - would make for a good story. After the first couple of stops on his journey, I was worried that the whole thing would read like one long, geographically-ambitious pub crawl. But he managed to construct an arc to the story, giving character to each group of people he met, usually just in the span of a few pages. He also avoided making the potentially-dreadful mistake of tre...more
This book is good for reading on the bus. Or on the train. Or on the beach. Any place where you don't have to use your brain that much. It's rather similar from page to page - you probably won't notice if you skip several. Fridge appears almost in every sentence.
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Tony Hawks, is a British comedian and author, famous for his Quizotic travel accounts undertaking bizarre wagers with friends. Hawks performs stand-up comedy, and is a regular on TV and radio panel games in the UK, including I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Just a Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and Have I Got News for You, although he first came to prominence as one of two resident performers — the oth...more
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“One guy, seeing that I was hungry, insisted on buying me a huge lunch and when I thanked him for his kindness, he simply said, 'Pass it on.' I liked this selfless concept - repay me by rewarding someone else entirely with a generous dollop of goodwill.” 13 likes
“I was beginning to understand how the Irish mentality worked. The more foolish, illogical or surreal one's actions were perceived t be (and mine surely fell into one of these categories), the wider the arms of hospitality were opened in salutation.” 5 likes
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