The Flying Scotsman

By Graeme Obree

Format: Paperback

Graeme Obree is a cycling legend, a world champion who has broken the world speed record three times. This new edition celebrates Obree's new world record achieved in Autumn 2013 and brings his life story up to date.

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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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On 17 July 1993, Graeme Obree stunned the international world when he emerged from obscurity to smash Francesco Moser's World Hour Record. The Flying Scotsman is Graeme Obree's searing autobiography, from his tough upbringing in Ayrshire where he found escape on the roads, to his head-to-head duals with Chris Boardman and becoming a major star on the European circuit. Obree created massive controversy in the professional cycling world with his unique riding style and his pioneering construction techniques - famously using washing-machine parts to complete the building of his 'Old Faithful'. Yet all his sporting success was achieved in the shadow of manic depression and suicidal despair. His life continues to have its ups and downs as Obree brings his amazing life story up to date as he continues to astound the world with his creative genius and sporting prowess.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 4 Jul 2014
ISBN 9781909715110
Number of Pages 256

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'This is one of the best and moving sports books I have read' - Times 'Hard-hitting and brutally honest' - Cycling Weekly 'This is a book that must have taken great courage to write - a harrowing reminder of how little the public know about sportsmen, no matter how brightly the spotlight shines on them' - Guardian; Chosen as one of The Independent's Top 10 Cycling Books of all time

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