The Slow Road to Tehran

Rebecca Lowe (author)



In “The Slow Road to Tehran,” Rebecca Lowe recounts her 11,000-kilometre bicycle journey through the Middle East with humor and insight. Facing physical challenges and cultural discoveries, Lowe’s narrative weaves together the kindness of strangers and the complexity of the region, offering a compelling portrait of resilience and curiosity.

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Number of pages: 403

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Embark on a breathtaking journey across the vibrant landscapes and tumultuous histories of the Middle East in Rebecca Lowe’s “The Slow Road to Tehran.” In 2015, amidst the Syrian War and a peak in the refugee crisis, Lowe set out on an audacious 11,000-kilometre bicycle trek starting in Europe, winding through Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf States, and culminating in Iran. This book is not just a travel memoir; it is a testament to human resilience, the power of curiosity, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.

Lowe’s narrative transcends the physical challenges of her journey, such as navigating treacherous mountain passes and enduring extreme temperatures ranging from freezing cold to scorching heat. It delves deep into the heart of the Middle East, offering a nuanced, deeply researched, and often humorous account of the people, politics, and cultures she encounters. Her vivid storytelling and keen observations provide a rich tapestry of life in this complex and often misunderstood part of the world.

“The Slow Road to Tehran” stands as a beacon of adventurous spirit and intellectual inquiry, drawing comparisons to the great travel writers of our time. Praised by luminaries like Sir Ranulph Fiennes for its illuminating insight and by Arash Azizi for its observant and humane portrayal of Middle Eastern lives, Lowe’s book is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the intersection of travel, culture, and history.

From the accolades of Cycling Weekly to the insights of Michael Frayn, this book has been heralded for its vivid descriptions, self-aware humor, and the author’s ability to immerse herself fully in the lives of those she meets. Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast, a student of Middle Eastern culture and history, or simply someone who appreciates tales of human endurance and exploration, “The Slow Road to Tehran” offers a unique and captivating window into the soul of the Middle East through the eyes of a remarkable solo adventurer.

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