Adventures in Books… Round Ireland with a Fridge


“’I hereby bet Tony Hawks the sum of One Hundred Pounds that he cannot hitchhike round the circumference of Ireland, with a fridge, within one calendar month’

A foolhardy attempt to win a drunken bet led to Tony Hawks having one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty travelling-companion-cum-domestic-appliance, he found himself in the midst of a remarkable, inspirational and, at times, downright silly adventure.

In their month of madness, Tony and his fridge surfed together; entered a bachelor festival; and one of them had sex without the other knowing. The fridge got christened, and they even met the poorest king on Earth.

An absurd story of an extraordinary adventure, Round Ireland with a Fridge follows the fearless pair as they battle towards Dublin and a breathtaking finale that is moving, uplifting, and a fitting conclusion to the whole ridiculous affair.”

I’ve been reading this book before I go to bed for the last month. I am so tired at the moment, so it’s taken a while because I rarely made it through a whole chapter before falling asleep – not because of the book!

It’s a funny book, even with the odd premise of the story. I enjoyed reading it and finding out what happened on the journey. I really enjoyed learning about who the author met along the way. I found I enjoyed the strangers they met more than the author, but I liked the way the author brought those characters to life. It was nice to see that people could be really friendly to strangers. Sometimes I think we are being taught to fear everyone and I don’t like it. I like smiling at people walking along the local high-street and I enjoy randomly chatting to strangers in queues (maybe that is why we British love queues as it gives us a chance to meet interesting people!).

My dad originally bought this book quite a few years ago, so when I moved out I was looking at all the book shelves and borrowed ones I thought I would enjoy reading. I think quite a few of family have read this now. It’s not one I will read again, but I enjoyed it. This is an adventure book, just a different type of adventure. I will be looking out for more books like this of people’s travels and explorations. It is something I could never do. I like to have plans and more specifically know where I’ll be sleeping each night. But I love reading about people who can go with the flow and aren’t afraid of the things I am. I did read this thinking things like ‘where are you going?’ and ‘where are you staying tonight?’, but the author didn’t seem worried as he had his sleeping bag. Crazy! But, overall it was enjoyable to read.

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