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The Wind At My Back

by Paul Maunder

The Wind At My Back Synopsis

In this deeply personal and lyrical exploration of what it means to ride a bicycle, Paul Maunder explores how our memories have a dialogue with landscape and how cycling and creativity are connected. Taking a journey through the places that have shaped him, we ride across wild moorland, through suburbia and city streets, into quintessentially English pastoral scenes. We see too some of the darker parts of the British countryside, sites of great secrecy that intrigue the imagination. This is a book about how landscape can sustain us, and how even an hour's escape can inspire our creative sides. The bicycle allows us to explore and dream, and return in time for dinner.

The Wind At My Back Press Reviews

Paul Maunder's exceptional meditation on his cycling life is immensely more rewarding than his sporting focus might suggest. He writes wonderfully about the world on two wheels, that's for sure, and how the physical effort involved enhances creativity just as much as it raises the pulse - but the view from his saddle also encompasses the joys, pains and disappointments of the wannabe novelist and the family man, the solaces of traffic, solitude and hills, and that yearning we all share to both belong and be unbound. * Jim Crace, award-winning novelist and writer * A lyrical meditation on cycling ... one that ponders why cycling isn't so much a hobby for some, as an all-encompassing way of life. Those who also worship at cycling's great altar will find much to marvel at - as well as relate to - in this thoughtful, passionate book. * Bikes Etc * In a two-wheeled response to much great current writing about man and landscape, Paul Maunder's engaging memoir argues that cycling, because of its innate connection with civilisation, is a perfect cipher for our feelings about the natural does make you want to get on your bike. * The Observer * A meandering, pleasant memoir that takes in the landscape as he [Maunder] experiences it, with anecdotes and references along the way. * FT Weekend *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472948137
Publication date: 17th May 2018
Author: Paul Maunder
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Cycling, Memoirs,

About Paul Maunder

Paul Maunder is a writer and journalist. His first non-fiction book, Rainbows in the Mud, was published by Bloomsbury in 2017. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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