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By Tony Hawks

Have you ever made a drunken wager? Worse, nonetheless, have you ever eveer attempted to win one? In trying to hitchhike around eire wich a refrigerator, Tony Hawks did either, and his foolhardiness led him to at least one of the simplest reports of his lifestyles. Joined by way of his trusty touring companion-cum-domestic equipment, he made his manner from Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo via Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow--and again back to Dublin. of their month of insanity, Tony and his refrigerator met a true prince, a bogus king, and the refrigerator acquired christened. They surfed jointly, entered a bachelor competition, and one among them had intercourse with out the opposite realizing. And all at once, the refrigerator itself grew to become a temporary concentration for the folks of Ireland.

An foreign bestseller, Round eire with a Fridge is a vintage shuttle event within the culture of invoice Bryson with a splash of Dave Barry.

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