2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2011
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2010
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.
on 9 January 2013
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!