Bella Bathurst is a writer and photographer. Her first book, 'The Lighthouse Stevensons: The Extraordinary Story of the Building of the Scottish Lighthouses by the Ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson', was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and won the Somerset Maugham Prize. Her novel 'Special' was published in 2002 to wide acclaim, and her most recent book, 'The Wreckers', was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. She has written for the Observer, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian, among many others.
'At last -- a bicycle book for the rest of us! a book for the sort of cyclist who likes cycling and reading and stories!' Guardian "As this beautifully written and gently erudite work easily proves, cycling is ideal for many things, and will doubtless draw more converts to agree that 'there's no lovelier form of transport'." Sunday Times 'Four wheels not bad, two wheels much better!' Bella Bathurst is a devoted two-wheeler through urban and country landscapes. This is a lovely, lively, anecdotal anthology of good stories about cycling for the millions more who have taken it up for sport, fun, health and wealth since the turn of the century. Favourites here must be the free-wheeling interviews with bicycle couriers, feral cycling and -- for those unable to walk on water -- the art of water cycling.' The Times '[Bella's] joyful freewheel through the world of bicycles and the people who ride them not only affirms her as an elegant chronicler of quirky subjects, but fills a gap in a pantheon of cycling literature! The Bicycle Book is unique in appealing to both cycling nuts and those of us who mean to dust off the flat-tyred two-wheeler' Economist A Sunday Times Must Read -- 'Everything you ever wanted to know about the bike, its history and uses' The bicycle is the most popular form of transport on the planet! With The Bicycle Book, Bathurst adds her voice to the call that we are now at the dawn of a new golden age of this versatile machine.' Observer 'The freewheeling exhilaration of this jaunty compendium of adventures for cycling obsessives will convert any irreverence for ancient bicycles into respect for modern pedal-power.' SAGA Magazine