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Maria Costello - Queen of Bikers Hardcover – 25 May 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pennant Books Ltd (25 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906015546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906015541
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,319,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Co-author Steve Pitts is the former sports editor of Northamptonshire Newspapers. As an author he has written the much-acclaimed 39 Days of Gazza and the forthcoming Mungo Jerry & Me with Ray Dorset, both for Pennant Books.

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There is definitely a very single minded determination that the best racers must have to success in this sport,and Maria certainly shows it. It was very hard to read about the negativity she was subjected to in the race paddock and race circules, remember Maria ,a lot of men's egos are mighty fragile,how sad are they. Would have liked more in depth description of the race paddock atmosphere in the isle of man and the other road races In Ireland, I've walked round the paddock in the island and felt the buzz and its electric.,also Maria totally under plays how difficult learning the 37, 3/4 miles must be. As for DJ and loosing him in such an untimely and unfare fashion,it still hurts me to remember that practice day, l fell out of love with the isle of man that day, for a while. I needed more technical info about bikes,engines set up etc ,but l know this was written for general consumption, 'left you wanting more, which l suppose is a good thing. Recommended, Malc,
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A great insight into a very talented and determined racer. Shows what you can achieve when things seem to be against you.
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brilliant read.
Gives you a real incite in to what it took for Maria to make it in a male dominated sport.
She pulls no punches to tell you what it was really like.
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A very good insight to your life Maria. Keep on going with the sport you love, treasure and live for.
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Great book could not put it down, incredibly honest and a brave and true racer.
loved it
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...but I like this one. Normally they are vapid pieces of self promotion with few redeeming qualities; I'm a huge fan of Valentino Rossi, the GOAT, but his book was frankly not worth what I paid for it! It's true that people knock Maria for not being a female John McGuinness, and a number of other perceived 'crimes', not least her tireless self promotion, which as she herself says in the book is the only thing that brings her the sponsorship that allows her to race!

I also get the distinct impression, since this book doesn't sugar coat anything (although it is all presented from her subjective PoV as you'd expect) that like all driven people, she can be a complete PITA to live with and/or work with sometimes. But still, a good, interesting and credible life story well told!
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this book i could not put down, as every page was filled with great stories on how maria made her male biker rivals look stupid and how they had a chip on thier shoulder by gettin defeated by a female rider!....constantly!! from the isle of man tt to the north west 200(ireland) and to how she achieved an 'MBE' and how her parents disapproved from day one of her motorcycling days.also tells the miracoulous recoverys she made after a serious number of accidents on /off the track, and how unlucky she was in love,a great read from start to finish for anyone interested in motorcycling well done MARIA!
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I throughly enjoyed reading Maria's autobiography.

She is an inspiration.
I hope this book encourages a lot more women to get involved in racing, even if it's car's!

No matter how hard Maria gets knocked down.

Whether through crashes, or the general mess of actually getting a competitive team together.

She just brushes herself down and gets on with it, no matter who tries to put her down.

As racing is like that there are idiots around.
Though there are lot more good people who selflessly provide support
and sponsorship.

Maria was awarded her MBE because she is an exemplary example for the sport and a great rolemodel.

So deservedly Maria gets the support of fans and people in the sport, that warrants her reputation.
Which she built up with years of hard graft.

Keep at it!
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