Three continents. Twenty countries. Eleven thousand kilometres.

One 30-something who deeply regrets not doing any training.

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MY BOOK THE SLOW ROAD TO TEHRAN IS OUT MARCH 24TH 2022! 

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<<< Available on preorder at WaterstonesFoylesAmazon and most big & independent bookstores >>>

‘Terrifically compelling … bursting with humour, adventure and insight into the rich landscapes and history of the Middle East. Lowe recounts the beauty, kindnesses and complexities of the lands she travels through with an illuminating insight. A wonderful new travel writer.’

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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‘By cycling solo across the Middle East for 11,000km, Rebecca Lowe has achieved a remarkable feat. Her account of this grand journey is admirably observant, unfailingly humane and humorously self-aware to just the right degree. She shows sensitivity to the uniquely Middle Eastern lives she encounters while also maintaining an eye for their chaotic opera of quotidian dramas. This is a book that makes you laugh, gasp, cry and learn something about the many peoples of the Middle East.’

Arash Azizi, author of The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, the US and Iran’s Global Ambitions’ (Oneworld, 2020)

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The Slow Road to Tehran will be published in the UK by September Publishing and in Germany by MVG Riva (Bonnier)

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— Represented by Carrie Plitt at Felicity Bryan Associates

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‘A ‘bummel’, I explained, I should describe as a journey, long or short, without an end … We nod and smile to many as we pass; with some we stop and talk awhile; and with a few we walk a little way. We have been much interested, and often a little tired. But on the whole we have had a pleasant time, and are sorry when it’s over.

— Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men on the Bummel

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I am a freelance journalist from London, and in July 2015 I set off on an ill-advised year-long cycle trip through Europe and the Middle East.

My aim was threefold: cultivate a pair of leviathan thighs that would be the envy of all I met; survive; and shed light on a region long misunderstood and misrepresented in the West.

For those expecting a feat of athletic majesty, my apologies. It was, rather, a classic bummel: meandering, wayward and sluggishly satisfying (which is probably how I’d describe myself in a personal ad, come to think of it).

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On June 20th, 2016, I finally made it to my destination – Azadi Square, Tehran – having fulfilled at least one of my three goals. Where the other two are concerned, I’ll perhaps leave it to others to judge.

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If you’re interested in reading more about my journey, more information can be found here.

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