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Publisher's Summary

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 travelling companion-cum-domestic appliance, he found himself in the midst of a remarkable adventure, at times emotional, at times inspirational, but more often than not, downright silly.

Only in the magical land of Ireland could such a notion lead to such fruitful adventure. Here is his record of the unlikely pair's fortunes as they made their way from Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow, and back again to Dublin.

In their month of madness, Tony and his fridge met a real prince and a bogus one; they surfed together and entered a bachelor festival; the fridge was christened; and one of the pair had sex without the other knowing. And unexpectedly, the fridge itself became a momentary focus for the people of Ireland. As the days rolled by, the fridge grew into a personality in its own right, developing its own identity and bringing people together wherever it went.

©1999 Tony Hawks; (P)1999 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A lively celebration of contemporary Irish society and the goodwill of its people." (Publishers Weekly)
"Not just brilliantly written, but far too hilarious to read alone in a public place." (The Independent)
"Round Ireland with a Fridge...is a sort of alternative Michael Palin tome and a far better read than you would expect. It is part autobiography, part travelogue, and part Guinness-addled ramblings." (Irish Times)

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  • Paul
  • 04-12-06

Stunning but beware

This book is fantastic, as it says on the cover - you shouldn't read it alone on a bus. I listened to it on a plane to Italy and laughed so hard the guy next to me asked to move!!!
This book inspired numerous stupid challenges at work, including having your picture taken by a sign with the name Shennington on it and being photographed by a soap star holding a kitchen utensil. Paddy from Emmerdale thought I was really weird when I presented him a frying pan.
Beware what this book can do to you.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • George
  • 08-28-06

Strange World

I have never been to Ireland, but after reading this book I will visit. I have got to find out if the Irish are as much fun as this book suggests.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 06-10-06

It does make you laugh out loud

A funny listen. Tony Hawkes has an easy manner and tells a good story - the characters are believable and funny - worth a listen.

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  • Rosie and Duncan
  • 11-08-11

Really enjoyable audio book and highly recommended

Excellent audio book and one we listen to often, its narrated very well by the author of the book and makes it a very enjoyable listen.

My husband read this book years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly so we had to get the audio book version as well. He enjoyed it and having Tony Hawks as the narrator adds a new dimension to the book. I enjoyed it also having never read the book and its not even the kind of thing I would usually go for. We would both recommend this audio book and it really is great to listen too.

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  • joan wright
  • 12-03-09

Great but too short

I really enjoyed it but I only wish Audible would bring out the unabridged version.

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  • Ian
  • 03-31-09

Travel or Pubs ?

Fantastic book, silly but fun. I think it was round Irealnd's pubs with a fridge though!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-08

sureal tale with no distractions

We listened to this while driving round Ireland on our honeymoon. The story is quite surreal but entertaining and moves at a decent speed. The narration is good and there are no distractions in the way of unrequired sound effects or music.