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A beautiful elegy,
This review is from: The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle (Hardcover)
Matt Seaton's book is richly evocative of so much. For someone like me who knew and recognised many of the characters behind their pseudonyms, it brings back very fond memories of training sessions at Herne Hill, rides around the north downs and getting hooked on racing. But his description of ultimately having to put cycling into perspective as a hobby and not the all-consuming passion one might want it to be, when other responsibilities have to take priority, relates to a near-universal rite of passage; how much we have to let go of that past life is just a matter of luck. The passages about his wife's illness and death are beautifully written and incredibly sad. If you can bear it you should also read Ruth Picardie's Before I Say Goodbye, which is her own telling of her story.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2012 23:54:08 BDT
S. Reynolds says:
Wish I'd read this earlier, I'm off to buy Ruth's book. Thank you.
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