"In A Bit Scott-ish", his follow-up to "The Full English", Mike Carden rediscovers Scotland with the same wry sense of humour as his first book. "A Bit Scott-ish" is the tale of a journey through Scotland, chance encounters with locals and fellow travellers, delving into Scotland's tumultuous history, surviving storm and wind, and discovering just how hopeless it is possible to be at Nature. And at finding the way. And at quite a few other things as well. The author pedals via the Orkney Islands, the flow country of Sutherland, the Cairngorm mountains, rolling Perthshire, historic Stirling, the rocky coast of Fife, the romantic city of Edinburgh and the Borders, bringing his own descriptive style to a beautiful land.
Mike Carden is the author of three books relating the story of bike rides.
Told with humour, with stories of the peoples and places he visits, and with an eye to history and heritage, they strike a chord with cyclists and non-cyclists alike. The latest book is 'A Lake District Grand Tour. Pedalling through Lakeland: The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones.'
Reviews have been enthusiastic:
- Cumbria Life Magazine: 'Relaxed and chatty with a ready wit. His humorous observations are reminiscent of Stuart Maconie's travelogues but with added panting and pedalling.'
- Cycletourer website: 'If this book doesn't get you itching to get your bike over to the Lake District and explore it, I don't know what will!'
The Full English: Pedalling through England, Mid-Life Crisis and Truly Rampant Man-Flu has been described as 'warm, well observed, unpretentious and very funny'(Adventure Travel magazine).
A Bit Scott-ish: Pedalling through Scotland in search of Adventure, Nature and Lemon Drizzle Cake followed and is told with 'almost unquenchable good humour' (Velo Vision cycling magazine).