The Slow Road to Tehran - Rebecca Lowe - July/Aug 2022
Being a single white woman who enjoys the occasional tipple, cycling through mainly Muslim countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf and finally Iran) pulls her story along with a delightful tension.
The cycling exploits alone would merit a great story, but this is not a book about bikes. Rebecca's bike - named Maud - seems merely a means to an end, an intimate way of slipping into new places revealing them and their people in a refreshing new light.
Whilst we may never know the region as deeply as Rebecca, in The Slow Road to Tehran, we can understand how appealing that might be.
‘This is modern travel writing at its very best, full of vim and vigour, painstakingly researched, laced with wry humour, political (without being too political), adventurous and rich with anecdote.'