Thursday, July 05, 2007

If at first you don't succeed...

So it looks like nobody wants my first book on offer, ungrateful lot, I bet if Amazon sent you an offer of a free book delivered to you with no strings, you'd accept it! (Only if you read the junk mail though so maybe not)

Anyway, I am withdrawing Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell from the competition and trying again with something more digestible.

So in honour of the Tour de France starting in London this weekend I have decided to offer "Push yourself just a little bit more - Backstage at the Tour de France" by Johnny Green. Now before you all write this one off as simply a boring cycling book, you should consider that the author was the tour manager for The Clash (an influential rock/punk band from the UK) and has a rather unique take on life and his very own writing style, or writin' style as he would say. The book is as much travel writing as sports writing and is a fans view of the Tour (albeit a fan with an access all areas press pass), watching the traveling circus move around the country and marveling at the organisation and characters that make it happen.
At first I found the guys style a little annoying, but once I got over the written cockney access, I really enjoyed his almost child like enthusiasm for the event coupled with a somewhat world weary view of spending three weeks on the road and all the aggravation entailed.

The challenge is the same as last time, tell me why you want it (or don't want it) and I'll post it to whoever seems the most enthusiastic,


  1. Anonymous5:31 pm

    Don't feel bad about the first book, it's very kind of you to want to share. Oh, the Clash! One of the Sex Pistols ? Jones has a radio program in LA. We'd be interested in the Johnny Green bk. My son Marc rides alot adn said he'd definitely be interested in the book. So let us know.


  2. Rodrigo8:07 pm

    Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira.(If you speak English can see the version in English of the Camiseta Personalizada. Thanks for the attention, bye). Até mais.

  3. Anonymous8:56 pm

    god,this blog is attracting wierdos from all over the world.That's what happens when you say you will give something away.

  4. Anonymous8:59 pm

    No broadband at hollylands, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

  5. Anonymous12:57 am

    I'm back!
    Is "Rodrigo" spanish?
    That book doesn't sound like my sort of read.
    Have you any light romantic comedies?