QUONDAM, Travels in a Once World
by John Devoy
introduced by Dervla Murphy

Once in a while a travel book comes along that pushes at the boundaries of the genre. Quondam: Travels in a Once World does exactly that, asking us to re-imagine the relevance and potential of travel—in this case an epic, true-grit expedition by bike through the heart of Africa without the umbilical cord of technology, when being on your own meant exactly that. 

A superb observer and  story-teller, John Devoy recounts his adventure in an imaginative and captivating style that has won the admiration of Dervla Murphy and Ted Simon, two writers who have left their own indelible marks on the literature of travel.

‘A traveller’s banquet of passion and hard-earned wisdom’ – Ted Simon

Quondam is a consistently entertaining, thoughtful and eye-opening read' Irish Times


Growing up in Whitegate, County Cork, Ireland, John Devoy studied medical laboratory science and worked in Cork University Hospital until 1985. In April that year he set out on his great adventure, in which he covered more than 33,000 kilometres in two years. Today he lives with his wife Sara and their three teenage children, Oisín, Aisha, and Meriel, on their organic farm in West Cork, Ireland.



ISBN: 978 1 9996014 0 9

9 August 2018