End to End (Hardback)
  • End to End (Hardback)
zoom

End to End (Hardback)

(author)
£16.99
Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 01/04/2021
  • In stock

UK delivery within 5 days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

'A sort of partial British social and political history. It is also memoir and confessional. It is an utterly remarkable book' Conquista

The End to End record is the longest place-to-place cycling record in Britain. It is a daunting 842 miles and for the men and women who attempt to break the record, there can be no second place, only the binary outcome of total success or failure. Paul Jones decided to ride from Land's End to John O' Groats in an attempt to understand the relentless physical and mental challenges involved.

End to End is a captivating and beautifully written narrative. A lyrical account of the journey sits alongside meetings with amazing cyclists; people like Eileen Sheridan; who covered the distance in under three days in 1954, or current men's record holder Michael Broadwith who did it in a scarcely believable 43 hours. Paul Jones reaches further back to the very first attempts in the 1880s, undertaken on penny farthings, fuelled by Victorian values and patent medicine.

For the author, what starts as a simple way to frame the narrative transforms into a deeper search for meaning amidst the ceaseless clamour of life, work and relationships. It becomes a trip through the contours of the mind as well as the map, from Bodmin Moor to Shap Fell, the Cairngorms and the Caithness coast.

End to End is a portrayal of hope and ambition, of what happens when things go wrong and how hard it is to make them right. It is about courage, obsession and joy, but above all else, it is a compelling exploration of why journeys matter for all of us.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408712733
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A brilliant book, a triple trip: one on the road, one in History and one into the author's mind. Cycling is about all that -- Paul Fournel
A truly excellent book . . . Paul Jones's End To End is a wonderful, sometimes frenetic and deeply honest book by a man bursting with passion for cycling, its cultures and lore, and people who do extraordinary things. * BikeRadar *
Jones's funny and affectionate book is a celebration of 'the fellowship of the road' * Spectator *
A sort of partial British social and political history. It is also memoir and confessional. It is an utterly remarkable book * Conquista *

You may also be interested in...

In Wartime
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Gloves Off
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
Gloves Off
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback
And Finally
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Manifesto
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Ukraine Diaries
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
Added to basket
Diddly Squat
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
And Away...
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Landlines
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Undoctored
Added to basket
£22.00   £18.99
Hardback
House Arrest
Added to basket
£6.99
Hardback
A Pocketful of Happiness
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
I'm Glad My Mom Died
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Taste
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.