It was a blustery April morning on the Thames Embankment in London when Anne Mustoe set out on a phenomenal lone cycle ride - to the original site of Cleopatra's Needle at Heliopolis in Egypt.
Leaving behind home comforts, she set herself the challenge of travelling close to water wherever possible - via the Seine and the Rhone, then alongside the Burgundy canal, the Po and the Venetian Lagoon. Before she would reach her final waterway - the evocative Nile - Ms Mustoe would encounter the dusty yet beguiling Near East: Turkey, Syria, the Lebanon and finally Egypt itself.
Undaunted by extreme weather, robbery, an old knee injury flaring up and, worst of all, running out of whisky in a country that forbids alcohol, the pioneering ex-headmistress-on-a-bike soldiered on in true Brit spirit.
Anne Mustoe weaves a story of exquisite detail laced with the understated humour that has become her hallmark.
Praise for Anne Mustoe
'Evocative reading' Observer
'Her wry sense of humour is one of the great charms of Lone Traveller' Daily Telegraph
'A book about the true spirit found in real travellers, written by a real traveller' Wanderlustshow more