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ME MY BIKE AND A STREET DOG CALLED LUCY is the inspiring and emotional story of Ishbel Holmes, also known as ‘World Bike Girl’, a Scottish-Iranian woman who set off on the adventure of a lifetime, to cycle the world, despite her lack of experience, money or equipment. Ishbel Holmes’ journey took a completely unexpected turn when, despite her initial instincts not to, she rescued a street dog in Turkey. Ishbel was lost and alone when she began her epic trip, but in Lucy found a companionship never previously known. Between the two, there formed a deep bond and their relationship was followed and supported by thousands of readers online, before becoming a media sensation overnight when Ishbel put out a plea for help to transport Lucy to an animal shelter three hundred miles away. This heart-rending tale is about more than just the relationship between a woman and her dog. It is a testimony to the human spirit, overcoming present-day challenges and churning up long-buried and painful memories from Ishbel’s earlier life. It is also a tale of adventure, one person’s determination to cross an unfamiliar country by bike and the unforgettable scenes that greet her on the Turkey-Syria border. And it is a loving portrait of Lucy, the street dog that was determined not to let Ishbel go and whose dogged persistence helped to break down the barriers around her heart and in so doing change her life in ways she had never imagined. Ultimately, this is a tale of love and healing, a modern fable that touches the soul and reminds us all of the need to belong.


‘Who saved who? Ishbel is a truly incredible and determined woman whose emotional story takes you on a journey of tears, laughter, hope and inspiration with her heartwarming friendship with a stray dog that becomes a connection and rescue for both of them. Beyond inspiring!’  

Dion Leonard, author of Finding Gobi

‘Hooked by page 2. Tears by page 5. This is a gem of a story written by a brave and inspiring young woman with an XXL heart. If you love travel and love animals, you’ll adore this book.’

Jason Lewis, author and explorer

‘Ishbel’s journey from literal abandonment as a juvenile to World Bike Girl is astonishing, and in this beautifully crafted book, we see how the courage of one woman shines through after a childhood of incredible hardship. Ishbel has overcome hurdles I could only fear in my worst nightmares. She is a hero for woman-kind, and a hero for selflessness, and for survival.’

Frank Gilhooley, actor

‘I’ve enjoyed following Ishbels travels over the years – she has such a wonderful way with storytelling. Down to earth, honest, funny – she mixes grit with unshakable optimism. Her passion to explore this precious planet under her own steam is infectious, and it’s a joy to be swept up in her world, and in her incredible journey. What I love most about this book, however, is that Ishbel doesn’t skim over the dark times. She shines a light on the many twists and turns one woman’s life can take, and how ultimately she has turned her own often raw and painful experiences into a force for good in the world. That is the greatest triumph of all, and I have no doubt that her story will inspire millions.’

Anna McNuff, author and adventurer

 

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