The Sun in my Eyes: Two-wheeling East by Josie Dew

Coming back to this book for a third time I have decided all Josie Dew‘s books ought to be sub-titled, “The power of Positive Pedalling”.  She is such a joy to read.  I guess she drowns all negative thoughts at birth – certainly, none make it into print in her books.

The Sun in my Eyes is no exception. An account of her travels in China and Japan, it is chock full of good stories and (fairly) good jokes.  It’s also full of surprisingly good writing.  It zips along at a great pace and effortlessly combines elements of history and politics with the human interest of her engagement with the people she meets on her travels. Stops at Hiroshima, the Mazda factory and steamy goings-on in hot tubs are treated alike with decency, compassion, empathy and good humour.  This time there are also some half decent photographs included.

This is great stuff.  Recommended with a full 5 stars in both cycle touring and travel writing categories.

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