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Revolution: How the Bicycle Reinvented Modern Britain Hardcover – 31 May 2018
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'Well written, researched, and balanced, Revolution carefully documents early cycling and gives us a window into a world that's influenced every one of us who cycles today' --Dave Barter, author of Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder
'Extremely well-researched... a must-read for anyone interested in the history and development of the bicycle' Anna Hughes, author of Eat, Sleep, Cycle and Pedal Power
'Fascinating... a heart-warming, often humorous depiction of the development of the bicycle and its role in nurturing human relationships sporting, social, professional and romantic... touches the lives of cycling enthusiasts through the ages' --Maria Leijerstam, the first person to cycle to the South Pole
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As expected the author covers the early history of cycling. However, he also provides the social context, in which cycling flourished. Consequently, social change, the early stages of female emancipation, fashion, romance, are subjects that are all touched upon. Manners also uses humour to good effect to illustrate his points.
The book also provokes thoughts on how much society has changed and also in some aspects how little!
William clearly knows his subject matter and I hope to read more from him in the future.