on 30 January 2012
This is a brilliant book. Very readable, well written and perfectly balanced between technical information, descriptions of riding, history and back story. Despite his many achievements, Mark Gardiner manages to remain close to normal. A bit as if you or me had managed to get a AMA Pro license, and went off racing on the isle of Man. Inch by inch he tunes in his performance on the island, and describes it in a way that any reader can appreciate and imagine, as he doesn`t set himself apart or let on he was just born fast. He also showcases the TT and it`s history making one want to read and watch more about the races there.
on 10 April 2014
Having read and enjoyed Mark's bike magazine contributions for a number of years I stumbled upon this book when looking for some holiday reading. I honestly struggled to put this down and needless to say it never made it to the holiday as I had finished it before we left for the airport.
For me the beauty of the TT is that it 'belongs' to everyone. There are not many events where the brave skint amateur can pit themselves against the greatest course in the world, alongside the finest road racers/teams in the world.
Riding Man takes you through one man's passion for racing, bikes, people, culture and beyond. Mark's Isle of Man brings the spirit of this wonderful place to the reader like no other I have read.
on 16 January 2014
A really enjoyable book. Not just for the insight into being a newcomer at the TT, but a really good insight into Mark as a person. I've watched the film (One Man's Island) several times, and enjoyed it thoroughly, but that purely covers the 2 weeks of the TT. The book takes you back to the beginning of the process that led Mark to chuck everything in and have a crack at the TT. It's a compelling read, and would probably be of interest to many non-motorcyclists as well from the human interest point of view.