The Bicycle Book

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HarperCollins Publishers, Mar 31, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 356 pages
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A rip-roaring narrative celebration of the 21st century’s great transport success story: the bicycle. Millions of us now cycle, some obsessively, and this glorious concoction of history, anecdote, adventure and lycra-clad pedalling is the perfect read for two-wheelers of all kinds.

‘At last – a bicycle book for the rest of us.... A book for the sort of cyclist who likes cycling and reading and stories.’ Guardian

Two wheels. A frame. Two pedals. What could be simpler than a bicycle?

And yet the bike continues to inspire a passionate following. Since the millennium its use in Britain has doubled, and then doubled again. Thousands now cycle to work, with more and more taking it up every day.

Acclaimed author Bella Bathurst takes us on a journey through cycling’s best stories and strangest incarnations, from the bicycle as a weapon of warfare to the secret life of couriers and the alchemy of framebuilding. With a cast of characters including the woman who watercycled across the Channel, the man who raced India’s Deccan Queen train and several of today’s top cyclists, she offers us a brilliantly engaging portrait of cycling’s past, present and world-conquering future.

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User Review  - awomanonabike - LibraryThing

This is a wonderful anthology of writing about cycling and bikes. Of course there is lots missing, there always will be from a book this length, but if you want to know about the woman who cycled ... Read full review

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User Review  - reading_fox - LibraryThing

Doesn't quite hold out the initial promise, but remains interesting and informative throughout. The introduction is superb. A real hook-setting pleasure to read for any cyclist. The author, in ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Bella Bathurst is a writer and photographer. Her first book, ‘The Lighthouse Stevensons: The Extraordinary Story of the Building of the Scottish Lighthouses by the Ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson’, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the Somerset Maugham Prize. Her novel ‘Special’ was published in 2002 to wide acclaim, and her most recent book, ‘The Wreckers’, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award. She has written for the Observer, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian, among many others.

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