The Wrong Way for a Pizza

Brian Mooney


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Author and journalist Brian Mooney was winding down after walking 1,300 miles from Coggeshall to Rome when a friend made a teasing comment: “In the old days pilgrims didn’t have the luxury of flying back. They walked home!”

Two years later, Brian rose to the challenge. He packed his rucksack, laced up his walking-boots and set off to make the journey in reverse. The Wrong Way for a Pizza is the account of his ten-week walk from the banks of the Tiber to the banks of the Blackwater – a mirror-image of A Long Way for a Pizza, the book he wrote after he walked to Rome in 2010.

The author keeps bumping into the ghosts of his outward journey. He gets used to being told by Rome-bound pilgrims that he is walking the wrong way and, with the sun behind him lighting up the Tuscan landscape, he revels in different vistas and new horizons. He crosses paths with a family on a donkey cart, an art dealer, a photographer, a former Guards officer, a ferryman, a university teacher and an ex-journalist – and, as before, he seeks out exotic ladies to massage his tired limbs.


“To travel with Brian Mooney is to enjoy the old roads, the slow lanes, and to see so much that the fast fail to see.”

Sir Peter Stothard, author of On The Spartacus Road: A Spectacular Journey through Ancient Italy and Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra.

“Brian Mooney blazes a trail northward across Europe like the summer swallow – a most enjoyable tale filled with character and determination, worthy of Saint Augustine himself.”

Harry Bucknall, author of Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim and In the Dolphins Wake.

“Readers who enjoyed A Long Way for a Pizza, Brian Mooney’s entertaining and sharply observed account of his 2,000 kilometre journey on foot to Rome, are in for a treat with this sequel, an equally diverting and informative travelogue of the route in reverse… an absorbing read both for armchair pilgrims and for those thinking of treading in the author’s footsteps.”

Richard Owen, former Rome Correspondent, The Times

The author

Brian Mooney is a prize-winning international journalist and author. He spent 30 years with Reuters reporting and working in more than 50 countries, and he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won an Overseas Press Club of America Award for his coverage of Poland during the Solidarity Revolution.

Brian Mooney has written a number of publications which include, ‘Frank Baines – A Life beyond the Sea,’ ‘Frontier Country,’ and ‘A Long Way for a Pizza’
which have all been published by Thorogood.


See the featured article written by the Braintree and Witham Times – 19th November 2013

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