Life Cycle

A Bike Ride Round Scotland (and Back to Childhood)

By Gary Sutherland

Format: Multiple Formats

A casual conversation between Gary Sutherland and his brother Stewart about going on a bike ride leads to an extraordinary trip in which they travel the length and breadth of Scotland. A heart-warming book about bikes and brotherhood, Life Cycle is a humorous and keenly-observed account of the places and people they encountered along the way.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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In order to recapture some of the magic of childhood years spent cycling around their home town of Hopeman on the Morayshire coast, the Sutherland brothers - older but none the wiser - set off from the back gate of the house they grew up in on a journey of a thousand miles. From the mountains of the Highlands to the traffic-snarled streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow, they ate up Scotland on two wheels and became boys again, pedalling for all they were worth on a road trip of a lifetime that brought pain and laughter in equal measure.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 19 Sep 2013
SKU 9781780271361-grouped
Number of Pages 224

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'Part travelogue, part buddy movie storyboard, Life Cycle celebrates the simple pleasures and sense of achievement to be had by travelling, seeing the world from a different perspective and all via self-generated pedal power' - Aberdeen Voice 'Gary Sutherland's writing is unswervingly honest, making it humorous, not just mildly amusing, but as funny as only real life can be ... delightful to read' - Scottish Field '[A] humorous and keenly observed account' - Scots Magazine 'A humorous and entertaining book which amounts to a portrait of present day Scotland' - Scotsman 'A humorous and entertaining book which amounts to a portrait of present day Scotland' - Scotsman

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