Round Ireland with a Fridge

Round Ireland with a Fridge

I know, I know: everyone else who has read the book said the same thing. But I'll say it as well – Round Ireland with a Fridge is definitely one of the funniest books I have read in a while. I first came across it on BBC radio when they broadcasting audio versions of the book. Since then, I nabbed a print copy for myself and throughly hooked to the novel. I must admit, I did enjoy the book all the way through.

Round Ireland with a Fridge traces the bizarre real-life journey of comedian Tony Hawks as he attempts to hitch-hike around Ireland whilst dragging along a fridge. Why embark on such a weird trip? Turns out, Hawks made a bet with one of his mates and that's how this fridge journey came about. It ends up as a funny tale as Hawks explores parts of Ireland, whilst desperately hoping to find folks that would transport a fridge-chugging man to his next location. Does he succeed? Indeed he does.

This was a book that a breeze to read. Hawks' method of observing his surrounds are hilarious. Furthermore, he ends up in the strangest situations which are worthy of a Frasier episode. Two of my favorite moments involve the mud-covered driver and the startled fisherman. The first occurs when Hawks' is picked up by a man covered in mud, a man who is incidentally on his way to a cattle show as a form of passing time. The comedian's narration regarding this whole event (and the cattle show that he ended up at) had me laughing out loud.

Secondly, there was the unfortunate fisherman. This happened when Hawks' was in a B&B whereby he inadvertently kept 'flashing' the fisherman pottering around outside his room window. It was funny when it happened the first time; it was funnier still when the fisherman refused to react the second time around.