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LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 'A joy.' - Ned Boulting Every nation shapes sport to test the character traits it most admires. In The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman, committed Belgophile and road cycling obsessive Harry Pearson takes you on a journey across Flanders, through the lumpy horizontal rain, up the elbow juddering cobbled inclines, past the fans dressed as chickens and the shop window displays of constipation medicines, as he follows races big, small and even smaller through one glorious, muddy spring. Ranging over 500 years of Flemish and European history, across windswept polders, along back roads and through an awful lot of beer cafes, Pearson examines the characters, the myths and rivalries that make Flanders a place where cycling is a religion and the riders its lycra-clad priests.
|Publication date:||7th February 2019|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Sport an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Categories:||Cycling, History of sport,|
Harry Pearson has been shortlisted for both the William Hill and the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph prizes. Slipless in Settle was the 2012 MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year and Connie: The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine won the award in 2018. The Far Corner has been named as one of the fifty greatest sports books of all time by both The Times and the Observer. His book A Tall Man in a Low Land is the bestselling English language travelogue about Belgium.More About Harry Pearson