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The Middle-Aged Mountaineer: A bicycle tour down the length of Britain: A Climbing Journey Down the Length of Britain Paperback – 24 Apr 2003


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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; New Ed edition (24 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841197319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841197319
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,045,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"- '..a hilarious tale of cycling and climbing the length of Britain. Curran is a born storyteller and a master of self-deprecating irony.' Sunday Telegraph - 'The quality of Curran's writing, the power of his personality, and subject matter..make it great reading.' Yorkshire Post

About the Author

Jim Curran is a freelance filmmaker, writer and climber and has accompanied Chris Bonington on four Himalayan expeditions and several filming projects. Jim Curran is a freelance filmmaker, writer and climber and has accompanied Chris Bonington on four Himalayan expeditions and several filming projects. He is also the author of the 1999 release High Achiever.

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This book is an absolute treat. Bought on the recommendation of a friend, it proved to be a faithful companion during a very stressful all-night vigil and was read in one sitting.

I note that some have found it strange that more is written regarding the early parts of his journey, but surely, isn't it natural for the author to have more to say about the areas and people he's had a direct relationship with?

I found it to be a very personal and candid book, unhampered by ego and incredibly funny in parts. Mr Curren, who comes across as an affable eccentric and as unpretentious as they come, has written a very genuine story of one man's unconventional response to human tribulations. Thankfully, it kept me awake for all the right reasons. I won't ruin the ending, but the garage owner's line when Curren suffers a puncture so tantalisingly close to his goal is a great leveller. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By timk on 12 Oct. 2011
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A really enjoyable read, you won't regret buying this if you like to share the experience of travelling through the land by bike
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cymrucritic on 15 Aug. 2012
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Having read Curran's other two books, which were full of gentle humour and described very well the climbs he was associated with, this book is a severe disappointment. Taking 118 pages to travel from Shetland to the Scottish border, the "tour" consisted of how steep were the hills, how much traffic there was and a slightly sour outlook on the world around him. No climbing at all [damaged hand] and the most cursory description of meeting friends. A mere 70 pages covers the whole of the rest of the journey through England, unremarkable comments, the weather and the hills being the main topics covered. Okay, he's now "middle-aged" but what a pity he did not apply himself to a full scale description of his ride. His other books show he CAN write. Why didn't he apply himself here and make this a treasure of a book, which it easily could have been. My copy has gone to the boot fair.
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