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The Invisible Mile By David Coventry

The Invisible Mile by David Coventry

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Based on a true story, The Invisible Mile tells the story of the first English-speaking team to ride in the Tour de France.

The Invisible Mile Summary

The Invisible Mile by David Coventry

Based on a true story The Invisible Mile tells the poignant story of five Australian and New Zealand cyclists who in 1928 formed the first English-speaking team to ride in the Tour de France. They were gallant, under-resourced and badly outnumbered but taken deep to the heart by the French nation. The novel describes in a wonderful poetic and visceral voice what it was like to ride in this race (the chaos, danger and rivalries), the extraordinary lengths to which the riders pushed themselves, suffering horrific injuries, riding through the night in pitch dark, and the ways they staved off the pain, through camaraderie, through sexual conquest, through drink, and through drugs (cocaine for energy, opium for pain).

Added to the team is the fictional narrator who is cycling towards his demons in a northern France still scarred by the First World War. His brother was a fighter pilot damaged by his experiences in France, his sister has died, and this self-imposed test of endurance is slowly and painfully bringing him to his final, invisible mile where memory eventually comes to collide with the past

About David Coventry

David Coventry received his MA in 2010 from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. The Invisible Mile was published in New Zealand by Fergus Barrowman at Victoria University Press (the NZ publisher of Eleanor Catton) on June 11th 2016 to reviews calling the book "brilliant", "a tour de force", an "important and impressive debut" and "a dream to read". The Invisible Mile debuted at #2 on the NZ bestseller list and remained in the Top Ten for three straight months afterwards.

Additional information

GOR008663863
9781509822935
1509822933
The Invisible Mile by David Coventry
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
2017-06-15
320
Short-listed for Cross Sports Book Awards: Cycling Book of the Year 2017 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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