What have you read recently that’s not cycling related and been dead interesting, I am looking for some inspiration.
Recently finished Home Run about escapees from Nazi Europe in WWII followed by The Darkness Beckons, a book about cave diving by Martyn Farr (I actually met him once)Posted 3 years agoStefMcDefSubscriber
12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup. Haven’t seen the film but the book is well worth the 99p it cost on the Google Play book store. Gruesome and brutal in places but well written. Mind-boggling that slavery was seen as normal for hundreds of years and exists to this day.Posted 3 years agoWillHMember
Legionnaire by Simon Murray – autobiography of an English guy who joined the French Foreign Legion, out of boredom more than anything else, and had a wild time running round the desert blowing stuff up. Also, read Spike Millgan’s ”Rommel? Gunner Who?”, similar stuff but absolutely hilarious.
In Search of Captain Zero by Allan Weisbecker – autobiography of a surfer who went on a road trip to find his mate who has disappeared in Central America, and did some drug running along the way.
Vulcan 607 by Rowland White – entirely true but still unbelievable stuff about getting a Vulcan down to the Falklands.Posted 3 years agoIHNMember
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.
I tried to read that, but the recurring theme got to me after a while…
+1s for Shackleton ‘South’ and Chickenhawk.
Blood River (author’s name escapes me) is a good read. Chap follows the Congo river through some of the dodgiest areas/countries in the world.
‘Home’ by Bill Bryson is a fascinating history of the extremely ordinary. Similarly ‘The Lost Continent’ by him is a properly funny and insightful travelogue (see also all his other books).Posted 3 years agoTooTallMember
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey – he was a park ranger in Utah in the 50s. Great read.
Any books about climbing mountains in the 50s and 60s. Truly epic adventures.
Second the Patagonia book, Chickenhawk, Spike Milligan and a vote for Eric Newby – A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush and Love and War in the Apennines. Real adventure again.Posted 3 years ago
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