Adventurer Lois Pryce ignores all warnings and embarks on a 3,000- mile journey across Iran, lifting the veil on a misunderstood country
In 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 London:
... I 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,
Intrigued, Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel (and the warnings of her friends and family) and sets off alone on a 3,000 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 Iran.
Within a few pages I'd recognised a kindred spirit. Tourist-free solo travelling, lo-fi equipment including real maps instead of gadgets, a satisfying blend of action, thought and feeling, well-timed references to or quotes from one of my own heroines since I was a teenager. That central theme - the distinction between government and people - is not easy to maintain but it seemed to me Lois hit the right note every time. — Dervla Murphy, author of 'Full Tilt'
This is a proper travelogue - a joyful, moving and stereotype-busting tale. — National Geographic Traveller
An excellent, fascinating read. — Wanderlust
Pryce writes as she acts, with an easy ebullience, and this makes interesting things happen to her. Revolutionary Ride is likeable because she admits her ignorance and follows her nose. — Daily Telegraph
If you still need to know why the motorcycle is a magical device for revealing the truth about this wonderful, endangered world, read Lois Pryce's sometimes frightening, sometimes hilarious, always warm-hearted testament. That will do it for you. Thank you Lois, so much. — Ted Simon, author of 'Jupiter's Travels'
Lois Pryce writes with all the exuberance and verve with which she dons her helmet and takes to the road. — Benedict Allen
Lois Pryce's motorbike takes her into corners of modern Iranian life that are full of the unexpected. — James Buchan, author of 'Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences'
One woman, two wheels, and an infinite amount of nerve. — National Geographic Traveller
The story of an epic journey that takes the myths and unravels them first hand. — Motorcycle Sport & Leisure
Long before the relaunch of BA's Tehran flights signalled a thumbsup to travel, Lois Pryce was gadding about the country on a motorbike. — Sunday Times
PRAISE FOR LOIS PRYCE:
Breezy and upbeat... it's enough to make readers reach for their helmets and aim for a remote part of the globe.
— New York Times
Full of funny asides and snappy accounts. — Sunday Telegraph
A gutsy tale of one woman and her bike, told with vigour and honesty. — The Irish Times
Fearless. — Cosmopolitan