9781905864690

The Cyclist's Anthology

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    9781905864690

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    1905864698

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-04-07
  • Publisher: Trail Blazer Pubns

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Summary

Following the success of The Walker’s Anthology and The Railway Anthology, we’re continuing this series and applying the same formula to the subject of cycling and journeys by bicycle. We draw on the writings of more than 50 literary figures and famous personalities on the subject of cycling and journeys by bicycle – J.G. Ballard, John Betjeman, Quentin Blake, Arthur Conan Doyle, E.M. Forster, Ernest Hemingway, Jerome K Jerome, D.H. Lawrence, Somerset Maugham, Dervla Murphy, Eric Newby, Dorothy Sayers, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins among many others.

This entertaining hardback anthology will appeal to cyclists and armchair travelers alike and make the perfect gift.

Author Biography

Nicky Slade has worked in publishing since graduating with a degree in English and Linguistics. She particularly enjoys cycling with her husband and sons in the beautiful South Downs National Park around her home in West Sussex, UK.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

1: LEARNING TO RIDE

The Nothing of the Day, 1819 ~ John Keats 9
A Curious Invention, 1819 ~ Ackerman's Repository 9
On Learning to Dismount, 1893 ~ Mark Twain 11
A Wobbling Will vs A Wobbling Wheel, 1895 ~ Frances Willard 15
Education of the Nerves, 1896 ~ Munsey's Magazine 18
Mulga Bill's Bicycle, 1896 ~ A.B. ‘Banjo' Paterson 20
The Bruises Tell the Story, 1896 ~ H.G. Wells 22
Boy Scouts on Bicycles, 1918 ~ D.G. Dollery 25
Learn to Ankle Your BSA Bicycle, 1945 ~ BSA Bicycles Ltd 26
Goodnight, Mister Tom, 1945 ~ Michelle Magorian 27
Cycling is Grand Fun, 1959 ~ Andrew Crawford 29
Call the Midwife, 1950s ~ Jennifer Worth 31
Riding a Bike, 2009 ~ Ronald Chapman 33

2: CYCLING FOR ALL

The Costume of Women, 1895 ~ Frances Willard 35
On Cycling in Corsets, 1896 ~ Munsey's Magazine 36
Sherlock Holmes & the Solitary Cyclist, 1903 ~ Arthur Conan Doyle 39
Perfect in Every Part, 1920 ~ BSA Bicycles 41
Keeping Up Appearances, 1930 ~ Somerset Maugham 42
Billy Bunter Stops the Cycling Thief, 1933 ~ Frank Richards 44
Myfanwy, 1940 ~ John Betjeman 47
Schwinn – For the Ride of a Lifetime, 1941 ~ Arnold, Schwinn & Co 48
Soldiers Need Bicycles, 1944 ~ BSA Bicycles Ltd 50
The Patriotic Duty of All Cyclists, 1944 ~ John Bull Rubber Co 50

3: CYCLE-TOURING

A New Enigma, 1787 ~ ‘Observator' 52
A Very Trying Road, 1874 ~ Text Book for Riders 53
The Right Accessories, 1882 ~ James Sturmey 53
Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two), 1892 ~ Harry Dacre 54
No Pain, No Gain, 1898 ~ Elizabeth Robins Pennell 56
Ingenious Solutions to Unexpected Problems, 1899 ~ George Foster 59
Spinning Along in Splendid Fashion, 1900 ~ R.H. Morton 65
One Candle Power, 1901 ~ Marcus Tindal 67
Tandem Trouble, 1914 ~ Jerome K. Jerome 68
Europe en vélo, 1929 ~ Jean Bell 71
On Being a Goddam Nut-Case, 1963 ~ Dervla Murphy 75
The Towpath Less Travelled, 1987 ~ Eric Newby 77
‘What this bike needs is...', 1987 ~ Quentin Blake 79
Maybe Alone on my Bike, 1975 ~ William Stafford 80
Riding Every Inch of the Way, 2010 ~ Stephen Lord & Chris Scott 80
A Bike Ride Through the Countryside ~ Elizabeth Shield 82
What-Ifs in Myanmar, 2014 ~ Stephen Fabes 84

4: THE SPORT OF CYCLING

An Early Cycling Record, 1871 87
Racing With Style, 1890 ~ Hewitt Griffin 89
La France Sportive, 1926 ~ Ernest Hemingway 89
Steel Grandpa, 1951 ~ Sports Illustrated 91
Bradley Wiggins – A hunger within, 2012 ~ Bradley Wiggins 95

5: WORKING BIKES

British Army Regulations for the Training of Cyclists, 1911 ~ HMSO 98
The Cyclists of the Signal Corps, 1915 ~ Sir John French 98
Reconstructing the Crime, 1931 ~ Dorothy L. Sayers 101
Tradesman's Carry-All Carrier, 1936 ~ Three Spires 104
An Ode to Bicycles, 1956 ~ Pablo Neruda 105
The Cycle Courier's Instinct, 2015 ~ Jon Day 107

6: CITY CYCLING

The Fittest Use of the Bicycle, 1870 ~ Charles Spencer 109
Dangerous Wide Spaces, 1897 ~ Mrs F. Harcourt Williamson 110
London Through the Eyes of a Poet, 1914 ~ Edward Thomas 111
A Passage to India, 1924 ~ E.M. Forster 119
Spring Morning Commute, 2014 ~ Rick Brown 121
Tackling Delhi, 2013 ~ Hugh Bergin 123

7: EXTREME CYCLING

On the Wheels of Love, 1882 ~ H.J. Swindley 124
The Bicycle as Spirit-Level, 1893 ~ Mark Twain 126
Over the Gobi Desert, 1894 ~ Thomas Gaskell Allen, Jr & William Lewis Sachtleben 126
On Being Hurled Through Space (Euclidian), 1895 ~ George Bernard Shaw 131
All Pace and Fizzle, 1896 ~ H.G. Wells 132
Taking a Header, 1898 ~ Elizabeth Robins Pennell 134
A Cycle Tour in Kashmir, 1900 ~ R.H. Morton 135
Self Protection on a Cycle, 1901 ~ Marcus Tindal 136
Sherlock Holmes Reads the Tyre Tracks, 1904 ~ Arthur Conan Doyle 137
The Hunt for the Right Saddle, 1914 ~ Jerome K. Jerome 140
William the Determined, 1922 ~ Richmal Crompton 141
Numerous Ups and Downs, 1922 ~ Ward Lock Red Guide 148
A Reckless Ride, 1936 ~ D.H. Lawrence 149
Empire of the Sun, 1941 ~ J.G. Ballard 153
A Wounded Passenger, 1944 ~ Shirley Hughes 154

BIBLIOGRAPHY 157

INDEX 160

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