Dervla Murphy


Born
in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
November 28, 1931

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Dervla Murphy is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years. She is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

Murphy is a famous speaker and writer on Palestinian issues. She seeks the dissolution of Israel in its entirety.

Murphy normally travels alone and unaided, without luxuries and depending on the hospitality of local people. When not travelling, Murphy lives in Lismore, as she has for most of her life.

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Full Tilt: Ireland to India...

4.06 avg rating — 2,641 ratings — published 1965 — 9 editions
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Eight Feet in the Andes: Tr...

3.99 avg rating — 459 ratings — published 1983 — 16 editions
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In Ethiopia with a Mule

3.87 avg rating — 332 ratings — published 1968 — 11 editions
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Wheels Within Wheels

4.06 avg rating — 325 ratings — published 1979 — 9 editions
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Where the Indus is Young

4.02 avg rating — 266 ratings — published 1978 — 8 editions
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The Ukimwi Road

3.84 avg rating — 241 ratings — published 1994 — 9 editions
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On a Shoestring to Coorg: A...

4.01 avg rating — 239 ratings — published 1976 — 7 editions
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Through Siberia by Accident

3.66 avg rating — 182 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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Muddling through in Madagascar

3.77 avg rating — 194 ratings — published 1985 — 11 editions
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South from the Limpopo: Tra...

3.76 avg rating — 153 ratings — published 1997 — 9 editions
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“On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as gifts, and a few days later I decided to cycle to India...However, I was a cunning child so I kept my ambition to myself, thus avoiding the tolerant amusement it would have provoked among my elders.”
Dervla Murphy

“In the travellers’ world, social media have enlarged the generation gap. The internet has brought a change in the very concept of travel as a process taking one away from the familiar into the unknown. Now the familiar is not left behind and the unknown has become familiar even before one leaves home. Unpredictability – to my generation the salt that gave travelling its savour – seems unnecessary if not downright irritating to many of the young. The sunset challenge – where to sleep? – has been banished by the ease of booking into a hostel or organised campsite with a street plan provided by the internet. Moreover, relatives and friends evidently expect regular reassurance about the traveller’s precise location and welfare – and vice versa, the traveller needing to know that all is well back home.
Notoriously, dependence on instant communication with distant family and friends is known to stunt the development of self-reliance. Perhaps that is why, amongst younger travellers, one notices a new timidity.”
Dervla Murphy

“For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and hardship.’ And”
Dervla Murphy, Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

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