Frost on My Moustache
Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer
By (author) Tim Moore
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Frost on My Moustache by Tim Moore
Book DescriptionInspired by the swashbuckling travelogues of Victorian diplomat Lord Dufferin, frail surburbanite Tim Moore sets out to prove his physical and spiritual worth before his sceptical Nordic in-laws by retracing Dufferin's epic voyage to Iceland and Spitzbergen. Dufferin's battles with icebergs, polar bears and the deep potations of hospitable Norsemen is a tale of derring-do; Moore's struggle against seasickness, vertigo and over-priced groceries is all too plainly one of derring-don't. As his bid to emulate the Empire tradition of fearless pluck in the face of adversity crumbles before haughty Icelandic skippers, a convoy of Norwegian Vikings and Spitzbergen's Soviet ghost towns, he finds himself transferring his affections to Dufferin's valet Wilson, a man so profoundly gloomy that 'he was seen to smile but once, when told that his colleague, the steward, had been almost thrown overboard'. As Moore says, 'Dufferin seems the personification of Kipling's 'If'. I'm more of a 'But...' man myself.' FROST ON MY MOUSTACHE is the wretched apologia of a big earl's blouse.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349111407
(200mm x 135mm x 24mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tim Moore
Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold, Paperback (May 2017)
Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, the author tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, he and his 'so-small bicycle' are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods.
Gironimo!, Paperback / softback (May 2016)
The 1914 Giro d Italia: The hardest bike race in history. Eighty-one riders started and only eight finished after enduring cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor. And now Tim Moore is going to ride it. And he s committed to total authenticity. . ."
You are Awful (but I Like You), Paperback (January 2013)
Would you cheer if they sent you to Coventry? Could you stick up for Stoke or big-up Bracknell? Can you handle the thrill of Rhyl, the heaven of Hull or the mirth of Tydfil? The author takes you round all places on our beloved island that nobody wants to go to - our most miserable towns, shonkiest hotels, and silliest sea zoos.
French Revolutions, Paperback (October 2012)» View all books by Tim Moore
Self-confessed loafter Tim Moore, seduced by the speed and glamour of the biggest annual sporting event in the world, sets out to cycle the course of the Tour de France. All 3,630km of it.
UK Kirkus Review » A travel book with a difference, as 'failed dandy' Moore follows in the steps of Victorian diplomat Lord Dufferin (who travelled through Scotland, Iceland and Norway in 1856 with sturdy henchmen and unfailing panache) and sets off on a voyage to Iceland and Spitzbergen. Using container ships, military aircraft and a bicycle as modes of transport, he encounters Norweigan Vikings and stony Icelandic skippers, and struggles against seasickness, vertigo and overpriced groceries. A humorous look at the frozen north, combining the wit and intelligence of P J O'Rourke with flashes of P G Wodehouse. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Tim Moore
Failed dandy Tim Moore lives in West London with his wife and slightly too many children. His writing has appeared in several publications including the SUNDAY TIMES, the INDEPENDENT, the OBSERVER, ESQUIRE and the EVENING STANDARD.
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