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The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman


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A journey through the wild madness of bicycle racing in Flanders.

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Harry Pearson has been shortlisted for both the William Hill and the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph prizes. Slipless in Settle was the 2012 MCC Book of the Year. The Far Corner has been named as one of the fifty greatest sports books of all time by both the Times and the Observer. His book, A Tall Man in a Low Land is the bestselling English language travelogue about Belgium.


An enormously entertaining cycling journal * Times Literary Supplement *
Absolutely splendid ... full of wonderful things. -- Rhod Sharp * BBC Radio 5 Live *
Harry Pearson's class and wit were the reason I wanted to start writing in the first place. To read his words on cycling and Flanders, two of the best things in the world, is a joy. -- Ned Boulting
Entertaining -- Richard Williams * The Guardian *
The ever amiable Harry Pearson invites us to accompany him on a tour of Flanders ... [the cyclists' stories] illuminate the landscape and history of this little understood pocket of Europe. * Guardian Books of the Year *
A witty, engaging guide to the spring bike races in Flanders ... [Pearson] covers a lot of quirky historical ground in his "bone-shaking tour". * Telegraph Books of the Year *

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