The Slow Road to Tehran on 6th March, 2024
by Rebecca Lowe
At the height of the Syrian War, as the refugee crisis reached its peak, Rebecca Lowe set off on her bicycle across the Middle East. Driven by a desire to learn more about this troubled region and its relationship with the West, Lowe’s 11,000-kilometre journey took her through Europe to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf and finally to Iran.
It was an odyssey that captured her heart, but also a deeply challenging cycle across mountains, deserts and repressive police states that nearly defeated her. Plagued by punctures and battling temperatures ranging from -6 to 48C, Lowe relied heavily on the kindness of locals to complete this living portrait of the modern Middle East.
Rebecca Lowe is a freelance journalist who specialises in human rights and the Middle East. She has written for the Guardian, BBC, Evening Standard, Independent, Huffington Post, Economist, Sunday Times Magazine, Daily Mail, and IranWire, plus numerous travel and sports publications. Her first book, The Slow Road to Tehran, was published in 2022 by September Books in the UK and Riva Verl...Find Out More