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Coffee First, Then the World: One Woman's Record-Breaking Pedal Around the Planet

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In 2018, amateur cyclist Jenny Graham left family and friends behind in Scotland to become the fastest woman to cycle around the world. Such a raw and honest account, of not only a brutal and physical challenge but also the emotional roller-coaster it was. I de-caffeinated myself for a couple of weeks at a time, then allowed myself to only have coffee away from the cabin – which meant I’d go for a ride. At the end of the book, she admits that writing has never been her forte, indeed it's never appealed. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Brief explanations of technical terms, dangers and joys of being on the open road and the ins and outs of specific gear are all explained. The style of writing reflects her attitude to breaking the world record – or, rather, smashing the world record! It has such variation across the tone, the humour, the weather, the landscape, the honesty of the hardships and places to sleep. If you think for one second that this is some sort of commercialized setup like so many other endurance-based books, think again! I loved how honest she was in her experiences and felt like we were riding along with her at some points.ich bin selbst leidenschaftlicher Radfahrer und haue regelmässig ganztägige Touren raus, aber sie macht 300km Tag um Tag um Tag, mit kaum Schlaf und regelmässigen Pannen. They had come out with me to Germany to film the start, in the hope that I’d make it far enough self-shooting for them to make a documentary. For years, I have recommended Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air as the de facto adventure story, but this sits right alongside it. James then presented the concept to Charlotte Croft at Bloomsbury Publishing, who to my absolute delight loved it. Brimming with wonderful observations and reflections, this takes pride of place on the adventure bookshelf.

I wouldn’t need them for a long time, but they would be a good backup, because most places in the world recognise their value. Auf dem Papier geht die Rechnung auf: Jenny muss jeden Tag eine bestimmte Menge an Kilometern fahren. With infectious wit and honesty, Jenny recounts her friendships with strangers and the myriad different cultures she comes across that gave her a new perspective on the world. Without trying to sound too much like a teacher, I'd say, as with most presentations about books, try to read the book before you go to the talk (if you plan to); you'll get so much more out of it. When Jenny Graham decided to attempt to become the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world on a bicycle (with allowances for flights over oceans), she was both excited and nervous.I was introduced to Literary agent James Spackman, who is a cycling enthusiast so we spoke the same language. I combined the memories with reflection, looked up the facts and replayed my words from the time to create a fuller picture of what I experienced.

After she pedaled around the world, her car failed and she ended up cycling everywhere was bittersweet. Her book conveys the whole gamut of emotions, the highs, lows, the doubts, determination, fears, triumphs. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Jenny including clips from her audio diary while on the road.But with an encouraging big sister and an abundance of memories I was fighting to keep hold of, I decided maybe it was time to put pen to paper. With infectious wit and honesty, Jenny brings readers into her remarkable Round the World adventure, as she takes on four continents, 16 countries - and countless cups of coffee. So, if you've finished reading it and hand it to your non-cycling partner to enjoy, it won't go over their head (though it may confirm that cyclists are just a little bit crazy). I have read a lot of books about walking, climbing, sailing and climbing and would class this as one of the best. The inevitable punctures, mechanical failures, the weather, the uncertainty of where and when you will sleep, eat, rest, recover.

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