“The Freewheeling John Dowie” is published today, April 5th, 2018. Sincere thanks to the 333 friends, relations and others who supported it, via Unbound and its crowd-funding approach to publishing. Early copies have earned some reviews already… 


“So enjoyed @dowiejohn’s travel book/memoir The Freewheeling John Dowie. The bicycling bits are good. The bits in which he goes through his life as a showbiz misfit are even better. Full of sentences so gorgeously crafted you want to read them out to strangers on public transport.”

Dominic Maxwell. Theatre/comedy critic. The Times.

@dowiejohn was the first act I saw live, onstage between The Police and Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias. He was great. 40 years later, he's written a book. Which is also great.

David Quantick. Emmy-winning writer and broadcaster.


Thanks for The Freewheeling John Dowie. I loved it. I could have read it so quickly but didn't want it to end so read it slowly to enjoy it. I particularly enjoyed the first tour round France especially the warm colours your tales evoked. The story about having to push your bike up the mountain stopping to smoke when a car came round had me in tears. Mainly because I've tackled hills like that but with a racing bike that's not laden down with camping gear. You're comments on wanting solitude made me think of lots of friends and their attitudes and again had me laughing.

Paul Dick

Taking you to bed with me for the last few days has been a wonderful experience, for which much thanks. Last night, you kept me awake till 3am because I couldn’t bear to let you go, even though it was obvious, as we reached Chapter Fourteen, that our time together was coming to an end. And this morning I woke to the sad realisation that our intense and stimulating relationship had already become a memory of past pleasure … its shell doomed to wait on the shelf for another partner to fancy you … what a thrill it is to revel in a fascinating voice with an inspiring perspective, as it sweet (or sour) talks its way into my heart and mind. Thank you for sharing, for being always articulate, sometimes curmudgeonly, and brutally humanly honest

Shirley Brown

The book is available at excellent bookshops and at Amazon here

More to come, as and when …

A Podcast

I can be heard chatting away - and at length - with Robin Ince & Josie Long at They are lively, witty and intelligent people so it’s well worth turning in and ignoring me.


Those who like to listen to clapped-out former comedians banging on and on about themselves for what seems like hours can do so by simple clicking here. The interview is conducted by Martin Walker for and he is a very pleasant, witty and articulate man. When he can get a word in. © John Dowie 2013