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The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman A Bone-shaking Tour through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands

by Harry Pearson

The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman A Bone-shaking Tour through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands Synopsis

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.

The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman A Bone-shaking Tour through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands Press Reviews

Harry Pearson's class and wit were the reason I wanted to start writing in the first place. To read his words on cycling and Flanders, two of the best things in the world, is a joy. * Ned Boulting * Entertainingly informative... Pearson deftly laces an obvious love of the sport with an equally strong attachment to the culture it emerges from. -- Nicholas Wroe * The Guardian * Absolutely splendid ... full of wonderful things -- Rhod Sharp * BBC Radio 5 Live * Entertaining -- Richard Williams * The Guardian * An enormously entertaining cycling journal. * Times Literary Supplement *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472945044
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Harry Pearson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Cycling, History of sport,

About Harry Pearson

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.

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