Two Wheels by the Water to Cairo
By (author) Anne Mustoe
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Cleopatra's Needle by Anne Mustoe
Book DescriptionIt was a blustery April morning on the Thames Embankment in London when Anne Mustoe set out on a phenomenal lone cycle ride - to the original site of Cleopatra's Needle at Heliopolis in Egypt. Leaving behind home comforts, she set herself the challenge of travelling close to water wherever possible - via the Seine and the Rhone, then alongside the Burgundy canal, the Po and the Venetian Lagoon. Before she would reach her final waterway - the evocative Nile - Ms Mustoe would encounter the dusty yet beguiling Near East: Turkey, Syria, the Lebanon and finally Egypt itself. Anne Mustoe weaves a story of exquisite detail laced with the understated humour that has become her hallmark.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780753508138
(194mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Virgin Books
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anne Mustoe
Che Guevara and the Mountain of Silver, Paperback (December 2007)
An account of a journey by bike and train through South America's colourful and historically interesting areas.
Amber, Furs and Cockleshells, Paperback (March 2005)
An account from the pages of Anne Mustoe's book as she pedals along three very different, but equally evocative, roads - the Amber Route from the Baltic to the Adriatic, the Santa Fe Trail from the Missouri River to New Mexico and the Pilgrims' Way of St James from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela.
Two Wheels in the Dust, Paperback (March 2002)
An account of an exhilarating journey round the Indian subcontinent. Beginning in Kathmandu in Nepal and ending in the tranquil hill town of Kandy in Sri Lanka, this book recounts Anne's journey with keen observation and the relish of the open road.
Lone Traveller, Paperback (February 2000)» View all books by Anne Mustoe
Using historical routes as her inspiration, Anne followed the ancient Roman roads to Lisbon, travelled across South America with the Conquistadors, pursued Captain Cook over the Pacific to Australia and Indonesia and followed the caravans along the fabled Silk Road from Xi'an to Rome.
UK Kirkus Review » This latest travel memoir by feisty pensioner Anne Mustoe sees her embarking on a cycle journey from London to Cairo, inspired by the Thames-side obelisk. Cleopatra's Needle was transported from Egypt by water so Mustoe plans her route around watercourses. Her travels encompass spectacular scenery and many historical landmarks. The links between Mustoe, Cleopatra and water are tenuous but still provide the spur for an ambitious trip. Cyclists will enjoy her account of conquering the Nufenen Pass over the Alps, and sympathize with her death-defying motorway experiences. Mustoe tries to convey the diversity of the countries through which she passes; she is particularly successful in this when following the Seine. Her enthusiasm for Italy is also infectious: she brings to life the warmth of its restaurateurs, hoteliers and traders. More seriously, Mustoe travels through the Middle East in the immediate aftermath of 11 September. She conveys her anxieties with economy and sensitivity, and sees first-hand the chasm between media rhetoric and the calm, informed response of ordinary Muslims. This sensitivity is less apparent elsewhere in the book. Mustoe makes some surprising generalizations: she declares Greece to be arrogant and unfriendly; long-suffering Lebanon is dismissed as a 'spoilt child'; veiled Muslim women are reduced to 'black wigwams'. Also unfortunate is Mustoe's tendency to complain. Her journey coincides with Europe's wettest year on record, and Mustoe's frequent laments about what she can't see or can't do because of the weather begin to grate after a while. It is easier to sympathize with her other concerns: she suffers terrible isolation in the Middle East as few will speak to a lone woman. Despite its occasional infelicities, this is an enjoyable account of an impressive journey. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Anne Mustoe
Anne Mustoe read classics at Cambridge and was the headmistress of a girls' school in Suffolk until 1987, when she left her job and embarked on her first solo journey around the world by bicycle. She is an established travel writer with a substantial following who lectures regularly on her adventures.
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