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The Bicycle Book

The Bicycle Book

A fascinating exploration of the 21st century's great transport success story -- the bicycle.

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ISBN 9780007305896
Barcode 9780007305896
Published 4 July 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Bathurst, Bella
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ISBN-13 9780007305896
ISBN-10 0007305893
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPress
Publication Date 4 July 2012
International Publication Date 26 April 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Bathurst, Bella
Category Cycling
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 250g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Motor Sports & Cycling
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 796.6
Catalogue Code 259179

Description of this Book

A fascinating exploration of the 21st century's great transport success story -- the bicycle. Since the millennium, use of the bicycle in Britain has doubled -- and doubled again. Every day, more people take up cycling and thousands now cycle to work. Yet, cycling is more than merely a form of transport; it is a way of life, a philosophy. Companionable or solitary, competitive or amicable, cycling can, unlike anything else, reinvent familiar geography and offer us our surroundings in a very different way. In her brilliant new book, Bella Bathurst explores the cycling phenomenon. A cyclist herself, she looks at what people ride and why, how the bicycle was born and what the future holds for it. Travelling across the globe -- to Europe, India, China and the United States -- she uncovers an array of weird and wonderful stories about the bicycle; an international cycling race for couriers held in a different city every year, Manhatten's Ghost Bike scheme, which remembers those cyclists who have been injured or killed on the city's roads, and the realities of life as a rickshaw cyclist in London's West End. Utterly unique and completely refreshing, 'The Bicycle Book' is as enjoyable as a truly great bike ride.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review '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 As this beautifully written and gently erudite work easily proves, cycling is ideal for many things, and will doubtless draw more converts to agree that 'there's no lovelier form of transport'. Sunday Times 'Four wheels not bad, two wheels much better!' Bella Bathurst is a devoted two-wheeler through urban and country landscapes. This is a lovely, lively, anecdotal anthology of good stories about cycling for the millions more who have taken it up for sport, fun, health and wealth since the turn of the century. Favourites here must be the free-wheeling interviews with bicycle couriers, feral cycling and -- for those unable to walk on water -- the art of water cycling.' The Times '[Bella's] joyful freewheel through the world of bicycles and the people who ride them not only affirms her as an elegant chronicler of quirky subjects, but fills a gap in a pantheon of cycling literature! The Bicycle Book is unique in appealing to both cycling nuts and those of us who mean to dust off the flat-tyred two-wheeler' Economist A Sunday Times Must Read -- 'Everything you ever wanted to know about the bike, its history and uses' The bicycle is the most popular form of transport on the planet! With The Bicycle Book, Bathurst adds her voice to the call that we are now at the dawn of a new golden age of this versatile machine.' Observer 'The freewheeling exhilaration of this jaunty compendium of adventures for cycling obsessives will convert any irreverence for ancient bicycles into respect for modern pedal-power.' SAGA Magazine Praise for 'The Wreckers': '[Bathurst] is wry, perceptive, laconic, occasionally downright funny and uncannily skilled at recreating atmosphere!a pleasure to read.' Daily Telegraph 'Entertaining and gossipy!Bathurst pens vivid accounts of hazardous stretches of our coastline and the depredations of the inhabitants.' Sunday Telegraph 'A luminious tale of shifting sands and treacherous seas.' Guardian
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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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