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A Time of Birds: Reflections on cycling across Europe Paperback – 9 April 2020
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"Glorious ... an inspiring adventure ... humorous encounters and joyful times." Tom Chesshyre, Daily Mail; "Ideal reading for vicarious armchair travellers ... rich in emotional flashbacks and keen observations ... Moat is an exquisite stylist. Her unhurried, free-flowing narrative captivates the reader from the very first sentence ... a thoroughly unputdownable travel book." Vitali Vitaliev, Engineering & Technology Magazine;"A prayer of a book. A hymn to the healing power of cycling slow." Chris Dolan; "A stand-out work of honesty and integrity, loss and hope.' Alan Brown; 'A perfect read for these times of isolation ... a fantastic book." John Toal, BBC Radio Ulster; "This wonderful narrative of her epic mid-life trek across Europe with her son to Istanbul is harrowing and inspiring by rapid turns ... this pretty spectacular account of her childhood upbringing, 20 years after the Belfast Agreement, joins the small but potent library shelf of Brethren 'survivor diaries' on which sit such as Edmund Gosse's Father and Son and our own Max Wright's Told In Gath. Indispensable, heart-breaking, uplifting, beautifully-conceived and -written, Moat's contribution is of that standard." Damian Smyth, Arts Council of Northern Ireland; "There is more than one journey in this lovely, engrossing, book ... beautifully told, vivid in its colours and characters ... the prose twinkles and sparkles like birdsong ... a reminder of the healing power of nature, humanity and the active joy of slow, self-powered movement." Dead Deer blog
About the Author
Helen Moat is the author of travel guides and a regular contributor to BBC Countryfile magazine, Wanderlust, a variety of websites and to regional radio, as well as leading travel workshops. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lives in Derbyshire, in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
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More of a Bicycle Tour than a Bird Tale11 January 2021 - Published on Amazon.com
Very enjoyable read about a woman and here teenage son riding from the Netherlands to Istanbul.
one of the best travel and life story11 October 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
it is more than a physical adventure. the journey keep her mental balance in a melancholic and romantic life, she cycles on.
Not your usual travel book!30 March 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
I am hooked. Helen Moat’s book has drawn me in, though as a rule travel books can leave me wandering off. But her lyrical writing as she shares her journey, her personal touches, are so pleasing to my mind, I can’t wait to travel on with her.