Reviews and Press Coverage
Dermot Bolger: 'dry wit . . . a good companion'
Irish novelist Dermot Bolger is writer in residence for the South Dublin Libraries, and he gives his view of the book in the diary he writes for them. An excerpt:
the book works because of Moore's sheer absence of cleverness. He possesses no religious belief and recognises that the interest in Columbanus for his college days and this long trip across Europe are primarily an excuse to postpone the future. He is doing this because it alleviates the need to be doing something else. It is a way to put his life on hold. The nice thing about the book is that nothing much happens. He descends a few hairpin bends at dangerous speeds, lusts after but never manages to bed the odd passing waitress, and spends a lot of time cycling in the rain and sorting his head out. He has a dry wit and is very aware both of the importance of the pilgrimage for himself and how it is slightly ridiculous.Read the full review (linked to from here)
An Overgrown Path Blog
- 'a great read . . . recommended'
"In his book dot com escapee David Moore manages to balance scholarship (he is a graduate of Cambridge and Trinity College, Dublin, but wears his academic background lightly) with readability, while managing to avoid the leaden ‘I am a dumb traveller, and these are the dumb things that happened to me’ style of humour regularly served up by Bill Bryson, namesake Tim Moore, and so many others . . . . The book also manages to avoid the trap of simply being a diary of places, journeys and punctures. In this his first book Moore manages to include enough personal detail to make the author as well as the journey come alive, and that is a difficult thing to achieve."
Here's the full review (part of a very interesting blog).
Gerry Mullins, RTE Radio's 'The Word on Travel' -
'A terrific read, very well written'
'Congratulations on the book - it's a terrific read, very well written.'
The Irish Times Magazine - A saint in the saddle
'You see so much more on a bike. A mile done in a car is very different from the same mile by bike. There's nothing like riding through the early morning: the sun is shining, the road is completely empty, you're in a gorgeous part of the world, singing. And you feel, 'Yes, this is what I want to be doing.''
The photographer had me meet him in Clonskeagh (near where I used to work) - turns out there's a St Columbanus Rd there. And Airborne will be pleased - they gave me a big discount on the bike for the second trip, and another of their bikes ends up in the picture (the bike I did the first trip on is currently in a poor state). Anyway, you might want to read the full article (.jpg, 124K).
The Dubliner - What do I know?
What else do I know? (.jpg, 99K)
Irish Independent - From dotcommer to Columbanus
'I understand why you want to leave,' said my boss, 'but you know that if you go, you'll never be rich.'
Sunday Tribune: 'His writing is clear and lively'
Sunday Tribune: My Favourite Place
Get the full story and picture (.jpg, 69K)
Newstalk 106: ' I'll guarantee you'll want to read
the whole book.'
'Read the first chapter and I'll guarantee you'll want to read the whole book.'
For that very reason, you can read the first two chapters in the Sample Chapters part of the site.
Ireland on Sunday: 'They said I was mad when I quit
the Silicon Valley to follow an Irish saint over the Alps on a bicycle
. . '
Food and Wine Magazine: 'Human, humorous and extremely
'We don’t normally review travelogues but we couldn’t put this one down. Human, humorous and extremely well-written, IT refugee David Moore’s account of retracing the steps of St. Columbanus from Newgrange to central Italy might induce some of you to forsake the MPV for that mountain bike that’s rusting away in the shed – but I doubt it! Most probably you’ll enjoy this book, as I did, recumbent on the sofa with a bottle at my elbow. Pedal on, David. And keep up the good writing.'