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Tyke on a Bike

Tyke on a Bike [Kindle Edition]

John Priestley
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This is the story of how a computer consultant threw off the weary chains of work and got on his bike when threatened with high blood pressure. His journeys took him round the canals of northern England, first on the three routes across the Pennine Hills, then further afield. He slogs his way round hundreds of miles of canals, passing through many major towns and cities including Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Off the bike and on foot the author also visits the Oxord and the Kennet and Avon Canals, and waterways in the Birmingham area, before venturing abroad. He also gets on a narrow boat for a calamitous trip up the Shropshire Union and Llangollen Canals. This edition is illustrated with 46 maps and photographs and includes a history of each canal in the sequence. The author selects his Top Ten Sights of the northern canals and there are some brand new photographs of these, including Castlefield Basin (Manchester) and the Standedge Tunnel. The book concludes with a list of recommended canal sites across the country.

Amazon review for Tyke on a Bike:

“What a great book. I soon got sucked right in. I think John has described the experience in a very dry and witty manner and made the subject very engaging. A funny, interesting and provoking book – highly recommended”
Jim Carey – Rating *****

From the Back Cover

On Ilkley Moor:
From now on, for many miles, the canal would skirt the foot of Ilkley Moor, hallowed land for Yorkshire people. There is nothing special about the moor, there are many more like it, but there is only one Ilkley Moor Baht `At. This is not just a Yorkshire song. Whenever you get a huddle of English people seeking to raise their spirits a tight corner, they will invariably all sing it.

On South Yorkshire:
I would say that the Yorkshire personality reaches an extreme form in this region. After all it is the original home of Fred Truman, Arthur Scargill, Michael Parkinson, Geoffrey Boycott, David Blunkett and William Hague. You may think that Lancashire people are slightly dotty, in the manner of say Fred Dibnah, George Formby or Ken Dodd, but at least, deep down, they want to be loved. So many Yorkshiremen, at least until they reach middle age, don't seem to care whether they are loved or not.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4019 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Kindle; Third Edition (Illustrated) edition (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ESAH8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

John spent most of his life in the computer business, working from 1996 as a consultant for Oracle, the American database company. After 2002 he went part-time in order to spend time writing, finally giving up formal work in 2009. It was during this period that he produced his book about cycling along canals, "Tyke on a Bike". The author is married with two adult children, one resident in Sheffield, the other in Australia, but the author himself and his wife live in Halifax, West Yorkshire. His education includes masters degrees in both arts and sciences from Oxford and Liverpool Universities.

He has written a history book, "History of Britain" (also available as "History of England" and in hard copy as "The Sword and the Claymore"). Because this book is 200,000 words long and took three years to write, it was also issued in two parts, "History of the British Isles to 1714 AD" and "History of the British Isles 1714-2010".

His other books include "History of Science", "Armchair Geology", "Jeeves and Wooster Short Stories" and "Geography of China", plus an Oracle consultancy handbook.

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clever witty view of canals and people 18 Nov 2010
Some other people I knew had read this book, I almost bought it at the time, but was presented with a copy and thought I'd have to read it.

I now realise I should have bought it at the time. JP, the author, fulfills most people's stereotypical image of a Yorkshireman, and he's proud of it, decrying Lancashire at every possible opportunity. This doesn't stop him from writing a book that is thought provoking, intelligently written and skips through his life as he masters the art of riding besides canals, initially in the North of England, in an effort to improve his health.

The book moves along at a fair clip, with some nice graphic descriptions of the locations through which he travels, ranging from the Chesire ring, via the outskirts of Glasgow, all the way to China.

His Top Ten Canal sights are something I may well take up to view for myself

His anecdotes are amusing, the overall tone light. Would I recommend it?

Yes, a gentle light read, well written, a thoroughly enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Canal Towpath Cycling Memoir 9 Feb 2013
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Excellent book - really well written - a rare example of the canal towpath cycling literary genre! I followed the story with the waterways canal guide for added route detail. Only disappointment was the lack of a contents page and photos - both included in the Kindle version, which I also possess. Really well done Mr Priestley- much appreciated by another out-and-back canal towpath cyclist - and tyke to boot!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yorkshire men will like this.....and others 13 Nov 2012
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A gentle and lovely homage to our canal heritage. For those who have a basic understanding of the areas mentioned will find this a wonderful reminder of their beauty.

Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! 1 May 2014
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a really interesting read especially if you like biking around the canals of this beautiful country. written with humour and practical tips its an easy and enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Check it out 10 April 2014
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Not really what I was expecting, however, even if he does all the travelling on a bike , it is a very enjoyable and informative read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 19 Mar 2014
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I bought this book after buying a bike that I wouldn't want to use on the roads at my age. The book is a really good interesting read giving not only the perils, pitfall and joys of riding a bike on tow paths the author gives a good account of what he see's as he rides along which makes the book more interesting.
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