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Sloppy book lets down Wiggins,
This review is from: In Pursuit of Glory: The Autobiography (Paperback)
I doubt anyone can read this and think it's a good book however much they might think - as I do - that Wiggins is a good bloke. It's interesting enough but for much of the time it does read like a laundry list of races and medals - "then the next day I travelled to Nowhereville and competed in the World Mile Solo Pursuit Chase Madison and was disappointed to come fourth with a time of 4.13 and after just a few hours sleep I was off to Someothertown to take part in the ...."
However, it's difficult to know whether this is more boring than him going on and on and on about how utterly useless his father was and how this has affected him in adult life. Interesting for him, perhaps, but somewhat less so than for the average reader, I would imagine. One has an idea that the book might not be especially well written or inspirational just from the chapter titles: "Boy Racer"; "Early Success"; "Heading for Sydney" and so on. It smacks of a lazy and hastily put-together cash-in.
And if you don't know much about cycling, then be prepared to be baffled by this book because everything is taken for granted and nothing explained.
In one sense it is a measure of the man's achievements that even the mighty Tour de France, the completion of which requires physical endurance beyond the imagination, let alone capability, of almost all men, is little more than a footnote in this book, as we whizz from starting prologue to end 23 days later in just a few pages. One gains no sense of what it must really be like to actually take part, let alone complete, the Tour.
As others have said there are a lot of errors in the book but one which made me laugh out loud was at what should be the pinnacle of the book and the man's achievements to date, the infamous team pursuit gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. This, quite rightly, gets a very big build up and he tells us that he felt it was the most perfect race he has ever participated in. Wonderful stuff but rather let down by his apparent claim that the GB team had "from a standing start, averaged 61.719mph for the entire race". Brad's a fast lad but not that fast!
Did no one proof read this? And if they did and even if they know nothing about cycling, might they not have spotted that 62mph in any bike race is rather unlikely?
It just looks lazy and sloppy, the exact antithesis of Bradley Wiggins.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2012 14:23:26 BDT
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emma who reads a lot says:
Totally agree. Loved your example! There were several mistakes and misprints that made me splutter but yours is the best...
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