Tim Moore  The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail

Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore ('Bill Bryson on two wheels,' according to the Independent) tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike.

Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northermost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky bike through the endless sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland.

Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces, and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his bike are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods.

Haunted throughout by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the Cold War generation reared on fear of apcalypse.

Three months, 20 countries and a 58 degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older, and wiser, but mainly older.

 

 

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Sunday 22nd October 12.45

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Dorset County Museum

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All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.

You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.

Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.

Mike Nixon, Thomas Hardy Society
Feedback From 2016 Festival

Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.

Catherine Mayer
Feedback From 2015 Festival

It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.

Christine Savill
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Going from strength to strength, well done!

Polly Greenway, Domvs
Feedback From 2016 Festival

I SO enjoyed yesterday. It was a real pleasure to meet you all and what a lovely festival, lovely venue and lovely audience. And Jason was just brilliant. Thank you very, very much for inviting me.

Penny Junor
Feedback From 2017 Festival

I had a wonderful time in Dorchester. Very best wishes, Tom.

Thomas Williams
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