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'Warm funnyIt's had my whole family howling with laughter and shedding a few tears' Shappi Khorsandi Guardian 'A proper travelogue a joyful moving and stereotype busting tale' National Geographic Traveller Books of the YearIn 2011 at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle outside the Iranian Embassy in LondonI wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend HabibIntrigued Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel and the warnings of her friends and family and sets off alone on a 3000 mile ride from Tabriz to Shiraz to try to uncover the heart of this most complex and incongruous country Along the way she meets carpet sellers and drug addicts war veterans and housewives doctors and teachers people living ordinary lives under the rule of an extraordinarily strict Islamic government Revolutionary Ride is the story of a people and a country Religious and hedonistic practical and poetic modern and rooted in tradition and with a wild sense of humour and appreciation of beauty despite the comparative lack of freedom this is real contemporary IranShortlisted for the Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award'Within a few pages I'd recognised a kindred spirit' Dervla Murphy author of Full Tilt'Warm funnyIt's had my whole family howling with laughter and shedding a few tears' Shappi Khorsandi Guardian 'A proper travelogue a joyful moving and stereotype busting tale' National Geographic Traveller Books of the YearIn 2011 at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle outside the Iranian Embassy in LondonI wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend HabibIntrigued Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel and the warnings of her friends and family and sets off alone on a 3000 mile ride from Tabriz to Shiraz to try to uncover the heart of this most complex and incongruous country Along the way she meets carpet sellers and drug addicts war veterans and housewives doctors and teachers people living ordinary lives under the rule of an extraordinarily strict Islamic government Revolutionary Ride is the story of a people and a country Religious and hedonistic practical and poetic modern and rooted in tradition and with a wild sense of humour and appreciation of beauty despite the comparative lack of freedom this is real contemporary IranShortlisted for the Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award'Within a few pages I'd recognised a kindred spirit' Dervla Murphy author of Full Tilt'Warm funnyIt's had my whole family howling with laughter and shedding a few tears' Shappi Khorsandi Guardian 'A proper travelogue a joyful moving and stereotype busting tale' National Geographic Traveller Books of the YearIn 2011 at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle outside the Iranian Embassy in LondonI wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend HabibIntrigued Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel and the warnings of her friends and family and sets off alone on a 3000 mile ride from Tabriz to Shiraz to try to uncover the heart of this most complex and incongruous country Along the way she meets carpet sellers and drug addicts war veterans and housewives doctors and teachers people living ordinary lives under the rule of an extraordinarily strict Islamic government Revolutionary Ride is the story of a people and a country Religious and hedonistic practical and poetic modern and rooted in tradition and with a wild sense of humour and appreciation of beauty despite the comparative lack of freedom this is real contemporary IranShortlisted for the Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award'Within a few pages I'd recognised a kindred spirit' Dervla Murphy author of Full Tilt


8 thoughts on “Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran

  1. says:

    A great read about the reality of life for the common people in a country we rarely read anything but propaganda about Not only did I really enjoy Lois' motorcycling adventures but a;lo learned a lot about Iran than I have in several yearsand as so often when you do you realise just why there's been so much suspicion and wariness about our country from those who have suffered from our colonial buccaneering Lois meets almost nothing but friendliness and warmth from those she meets on her travelssomething I've also experienced from my travels to a part of the world that I was strongly advised was best avoided A very entertaining readan eye opener and an education I have tread Lois Pryce's previous bookswhich are greatbut this is a step up and a definite 5 star read


  2. says:

    Being an author myself I find myself comparing my books with Lois' from time to time My conclusion is that her adventures are better than mine her riding is better than mine and her writing is better than mine Oh and she's a far nicer person too In my opinion this really is the pinnacle of adventure writing and Lois is up there with the best of them


  3. says:

    I admire Lois and her travels but I'm not altogether sure that she has done this trip entirely on her own just a hunch Having been to Iran and felt another vibe altogether than Lois has and further taking in to account Joanna Lumley's magnificent portrayal in her TV series this book centres far too much on a western interpretation of things Islamic no deep understanding at all Everyone Lois meets is western orientated and has values entrenched in Notting Hill or Brighton She simply does not get the deep spiritual aspect within the Iranian people she only sees the yearning for capitalism and her own superficial take on the world Iran is a country of immense beauty and cultural history which is largely by passed


  4. says:

    If you’d like to know about Iran than the news headlines you should enjoy this book The plucky female author tours it on her motorbike though there’s probably not enough about her bike for motorcycle​ fans She finds the people to be mainly friendly and very hospitable wishing to be free of the oppressive mullahs and their “Revolutionary Guard” who ruthlessly put down any protest It’s hard to know how representative a section of society she met and if their views would command a majority if a free and fair election were ever heldI was sorry when the book ended; I had found it so interesting Sadly I fear any change may well not come peacefully and the country could turn into another Syria


  5. says:

    uite an engaging story a motorcycle travellers's tale in a country that is by turns welcoming intriguing and engaging and ominous and threatening The elements of danger are exacerbated by the author's being female a solo independent woman with her own transport not always being a welcome sight in male Muslim eyes The book is on the whole well written but marred by the author's tendency to employ commas where full stops should feature which results in some drawn out and frankly amateurish looking sentences The presence of uite a few dangling modifiers is an irritant too It's surprising the publisher's proof readers didn't pick up on such lapses 35 stars


  6. says:

    Iran has been in the news an awful lot lately this will likely be true regardless of when this review is being read But what do we know of the 'real' Iran the people not its government the culture not the Islamic Revolution the food not the propaganda? Lois Pryce courageously set out to discover for herself the truth of the country and this book is the result It is essential reading for anyone who has within themselves any curiosity about the place and who wishes to move beyond the simplistic rendering of this historic nation that we receive through our news media


  7. says:

    Having met Lois in her adventure show i could hear her voice as i started reading this bookIts very well written with unbiased factual insights and views about britain iran and her own fear about Iran before she landed thereThe books shows kind nature of the author and her willingness to take things on This books unveils the mystery around iran and describes the ground reality there in Iran and describes how kind and hospitable Iranis are It also tells your about how britain exploited Iran for oil and how CIA gave its hand in the coup in 1953 It takes you all the way from 1940 till 2017I really loved this book and would recommend this to every one specially those who has this fear of 'THEM'


  8. says:

    The only downside about reading this book is it was so good I have already read the first in series and will be devouring the second shortly Then I will be wanting another I hope this is a compliment to Lois but I would put her up there as a modern day Eric Newby Charm comedy humanity jeopardy wit and realism ooze from the pages of this book You do not need to ride a motorcycle to appreciate this book If you do not already though you may find you want to