Anyone recommend any good books?

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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby HaroldBriercliffe » 14 Sep 2014, 3:17pm

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0224 ... UTF8&psc=1

On the road bike.
The search for a nation's cycling soul.

By Ned Boulting that cycling commentator guy off the telly.

Just finished it, jolly good read and laugh out loud funny in parts.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Colin63 » 14 Sep 2014, 4:58pm

Tim Moore's written another cycling book 'Gironimo'. This time he's riding a home-made vintage bike along the route of an early Giro d'Italia. As funny as the first book.

Another great cycle touring book (not really as it's about a round-the-world motorcycle ride, but the mentality is the same and I think it deserves an honorary mention) is 'Jupiter's Travels' by Ted Simon.

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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Penfolds11 » 27 Sep 2014, 11:54am

Sweep wrote:Just read the freebie bit (see above) of Tom Bruce's book.

Enjoyed it so I suppose I should buy the rest.


Me too.

However, Tom waves goodbye to his girlfriend of 6 years, Laura, at her house. Then he goes for a pub-lunch with his Mum, Dad, Nan, Uncle and Cousin. He rides off to Dover, on the way staying a night with his other Nan, popped into another Aunt and Uncle's for lunch, then out for a big night with six Uni mates and then celebrated Uncle Dave's birthday with a huge Sunday roast; all of this fun and jollity without Laura.

This is no comment on Tom's current status: just that had I tried that, the current Mrs P wouldn't be the current Mrs P and my guts would now be the proverbial garters! :shock:

Well done, Tom - I am, of course, green with envy. :lol:

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Postby smith4188 » 3 Oct 2014, 7:36pm

Just wanted to thank robing and sweep for recommending my book - No Place Like Home, Thank God - and say that it's now out in paperback from Amazon.

Cheers and thanks again,
Steven
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Postby TomBruce » 23 Oct 2014, 10:18am

Penfolds11 wrote:
Sweep wrote:Just read the freebie bit (see above) of Tom Bruce's book.

Enjoyed it so I suppose I should buy the rest.


Me too.

However, Tom waves goodbye to his girlfriend of 6 years, Laura, at her house. Then he goes for a pub-lunch with his Mum, Dad, Nan, Uncle and Cousin. He rides off to Dover, on the way staying a night with his other Nan, popped into another Aunt and Uncle's for lunch, then out for a big night with six Uni mates and then celebrated Uncle Dave's birthday with a huge Sunday roast; all of this fun and jollity without Laura.

This is no comment on Tom's current status: just that had I tried that, the current Mrs P wouldn't be the current Mrs P and my guts would now be the proverbial garters! :shock:

Well done, Tom - I am, of course, green with envy. :lol:



Hi,

Laura and I are now married and the now Mrs B has forgiven me for abandoning her for 9 months. Actually she's let me do a couple of other trips - you can read about them on my website (www.tombrucecycling.com) but I think my days of many month long bike tours are now in the past. Not sure which edition you read of every inch... but the newest does have a bit more about Laura and says that we are now married.

I'm going to be publishing a photo book about my recent trip to the Indian Himalayas soon so keep a look out if you're interested.

Cheers,
Tom

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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby le vieux grognard » 28 Oct 2014, 7:26am

You may enjoy "Sticky Buns Across America", which you can find on the interweb.

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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby andrew_s » 1 Jan 2015, 10:16pm

Nicole Cooke's book is currently going for £2.50 on kindle
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breakaway-Nicol ... 2&sr=1-101

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Postby TrevA » 2 Jan 2015, 3:38pm

Just finished reading "Long Road, Hard Lessons" by Mark and Sam Swain. a father and son decide to ride from Ireland to Japan via Europe to Turkey and Iran, then flying to India and riding the length of the country then on to SE Asia and eventually to Japan. An excellent read.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Sweep » 4 Jan 2015, 12:19pm

andrew_s wrote:Nicole Cooke's book is currently going for £2.50 on kindle
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breakaway-Nicol ... 2&sr=1-101

I read the free sample bit.

Although she is clearly a very impressive character i must say that i found the ultra focussed approach to the narrative/achievements a bit wearing- I fear that racing cycling memoirs aren't my thing. I understand that later in the book she gives some folk in british cycling a good roasting. That may well be worth paying for.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Patrickpioneer » 15 Feb 2018, 12:18pm

I know its a long time since this topic was posted on but I want to thank you all for the book lists, I love books they are like food and cycling to me, necessary.
thank you all
Patrick

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Postby Cyril Haearn » 15 Feb 2018, 12:26pm

I do love stories
Aesops Fables are very good, lots of very short stories, just the thing to read on the train
BTW Patrick there are several other threads about books on here :)
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Postby Cyril Haearn » 15 Feb 2018, 12:31pm

The Biggest Beetroot in the World
Michael Leapman

About people growing enormous vegetables, a harmless obsession I think
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby AnyOtherName » 15 Feb 2018, 4:32pm

Anne Mustoe - is the head mistress really good read

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... ustoe.html

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Postby Cyril Haearn » 28 Jun 2020, 10:14am

In Search of Wales by H V Morton
He whines on a bit too much about history, but the description of the Eisteddfod is very good, he doesnae understand much but enjoys it a lot
Easy to read, an agreeable (unnamed) type face
Just looked out 'In Search of England' and 'In Search of Scotland' to read next
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby jacobean » 28 Jun 2020, 9:02pm

Lambada Country by Giles Whitell.

A cycle in newly opened up Eastern Europe. A lovely engaging read.