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The Accidental Pilgrim by David Moore charts the journey of one man and his bike as he travels from Ireland to Italy in the footsteps of the bad-ass seventh-century Irish saint Columbanus. Here you'll find sample chapters, reviews, photographs and extra information about the writer, the journey and the saint.


(may 5th) 'Cycling in the rain and sorting his head out'
Irish novelist Dermot Bolger has written what I reckon is the best review of 'The Accidental Pilgrim' yet. He's writer in residence for the South Dublin Libraries and his one of his diaries, he gives his view of the book. 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 .

(april 27th) Blogging the Blarney - Writers' Websites
In my unlikely capacity as both a professional writer and a professional website developer, I've been asked to talk to the New Mexico branch of the writers' group PEN, on the subject of writers' websites. It's next Tuesday, May 2nd, at 3pm in the Wheelwright Museum on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. There'll be slides and examples (of my sites and others), as well as refreshments and the like. All are welcome.

(march 28th) Talk about The Accidental Pilgrim
Just a brief note to let you know that I will soon be giving a talk in Santa Fe - with photographs and readings - about the cycling trip from Northern Ireland to northern Italy that became The Accidental Pilgrim.
It?s on Saturday, April 2nd at 5pm, at The Travel Bug cafe and bookshop, 839 Paseo de Peralta (between Alameda and Palace). You can find out more about the cycling, the places, and the mad saint, and hear select passages from the book. So if you?re in northern New Mexico and would like to come along, you?d be more than welcome.

(jan 4th) Glowing blog review
The anonymous blogger over at An Overgrown Path has recently put up a very favourable review of The Accidental Pilgrim. An excerpt:

"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).

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