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Fat Man on a Bicycle Hardcover – 26 Oct 1981


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (26 Oct 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718120728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718120726
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Ellsworth on 3 Dec 2011
Format: Audio Cassette
Tom Vernon is one of my favorite BBC and TV 4 personalities. In the US we were lucky enough to see his work in the series 'Fat Man In France' presented on our Travel Chanel. I began to purchase copies of Tom's books via on-line second hand and rare books sources. They have proved to be wonderful companions that I return to time and again. I have just been rereading 'Fat Man On A Bicycle' and I am once again delighted by the author's prose and by his insights on life, British culture and French culture. I do remain dubious that Tom actually pedalled 'all the way' on any of his trips, especially the ones that were made into videos, but his prose is honest enough and I believe he is one of the greatest 20th Century travel journalists ever to put pen to paper or to bring his travels to television.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 3 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Tom Vernon was the reason I got on a bicycle at St Agnes (Isles of Scilly) in June 2010 with the intention of reaching Saxa Vord (far north of the Shetlands archipelago). A 19-stone man who has never done much on a bicycle except occasionally go to work decides to cycle from London to the Mediterranean. The rest is just his gentle observations on the way. When I realised it was thirty years since this was first broadcast on Radio 4 I was shocked, though a refusal to join the Lycra and sinewed-sweaty generation long before this was invented shines through ahead of its time. Enjoy this lolloping account of semi-manufactured stupidity to realise how people were inspired to do memorable things in the time before we all clapped and screamed and faked excruciating enthusiasm.
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Found this in a charity shop and could not put it down probably because my late husband and I were true Francophiles! My copy lives by the bed but I bought the Amazon one for my son who,loves travelling..
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Apparently a very humorous and excellent read overall. The book was for a keen cyclist who soon identified with the human issues outlined in the story.
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By Rog Harris on 9 Jan 2013
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A friend lent me a copy of this book. He loved it and knew I would, but I'm ashamed to say, I lost it. You can imagine my embarrassment when he told me that it was out of print and that he had looked everywhere for a copy. One query on Amazon and I found this copy which was swiftly returned to where it belonged. Thanks Amazon!
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