The Beautiful Machine
The Beautiful Machine is Graeme Fife's homage to the bicycle. It is bare-knuckle writing at its most punchy, rippling with wit and energy. It is a celebration of the bicycle and the joy, wonder, adventure, the good and bad times associated with it, and of the people who ride and with whom Fife has ridden. Here are explorations of all dimensions of the experience, on, round, with, via and about the beautiful machine.
Review of The Beautiful Machine:
"A zen-like paean to the joy of cycling . . . sings of the sheer bloody-mindedness and humour of a true enthusiast"
"An excellent read, not only for cyclists, but for anyone looking for an inspiring perspective on life, love, travel, history and other spiritual and worldly things"
- The London Cyclist
"Even if you don't share his passion for bicycles, reminiscences of his time as a full-time writer are entertaining"
- The Herald
"Wise, honest and funny, The Beautiful Machine isn't just a paean to cycling but to life"
- Stewart O'Nan, author
"[Graeme Fife] is a cheerfully opinionated and funny chronicler of his own failings"
- Daily Telegraph
"The Beautiful Machine is a great book"
- Libby Purves.
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 01/05/2008
336 pages / paperback