By Julian Sayarer

Format: Paperback

World-record-holding cyclist and author's second book, part memoir and part travelogue, that recounts three years spent as a cycle courier in London after the author's return from an around the world trip. Not only about cycling, this is a book about London life from swanky offices to plutocrats' mistresses.

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Messengers sees Julian Sayarer return to work as a London bicycle courier, after six months cycling around the world. From saddle and kerbside, his stories of delivering flowers to politicians, and administration notices to banks toppled by the financial crisis, make for a social history of a less seen city, written from the perspective of someone stuck in one of London's most insecure and poorly paid jobs.Underneath the deliveries, we meet London's bicycle messengers, a family drawn from jaded graduates, jailbirds and recovering drug addicts. The riders all share their brushes with the law, struggles on the breadline and compete together in alleycat races, forming an unlikely but tender community upon the streets.With a bicycle the one constant that seems to make sense of everything else, Messengers is a two-wheeled portrait of everyday life in a modern city at the start of the twenty-first century.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 14 Jan 2016
ISBN 9781910050767
Number of Pages 266

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'Highly accomplished...compelling...absorbing'

'The early part of Messengers reads as globalisation's revenge on the cycling-Sisyphus who thought the symbol could start a revolution that went beyond his two wheels, revolving over and over again until they'd covered 18,000 miles.'

'A biography of London in 2016? A social commentary, with bicycles? An insight into a subculture most of us don t even see? Messengers is all of this and so much more.'

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