I am reviewing two books by the same author for BookWorm Wednesday today: baguettes and bicycles: a cycling adventure across France (Eurovelo Series: Book 1) and bordeaux and bicycles (Eurovelo Series: Book Two) by Steven Herrick.
Steven lives in Australia where he spends his days writing children’s books and cycling to keep fit, but for pleasure he packs his bike (called Craig) into his suitcase, well almost, and hops on a plane to La Belle France. In his first book, baguettes and bicycles: a cycling adventure across France (Eurovelo Series: Book 1), his solo journey starts in St Nazaire in the west and follows the Loire Valley and Saone River to the east. He then spends a few days indulging his passion for gently climbing some of the French mountains climbs that have been made famous in The Tour de France, including Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez.
Being a closest adventure cyclist this book really appealed to me especially as Steven spends almost as much time describing the food and patisseries he fuels himself with on his journey as he does the wonderful scenery he sees. His delight and excitement at a good three course formula lunch or dinner was contagious. I think I would get on well with Steven.
I found his writing style gave an easy, entertaining read that made me feel I could do something like this too. I especially loved his little finalé to each chapter - ‘What I should have said’ – there were some great little laugh-out-loud funnies to end each day on his bike.
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I am delighted to say that Steven will be joining me on Friday for a chat in my France et Moi feature and what can I say but that there is lots of food talk.
Both of Steven’s cycling books are available in ebook and paperback format. You can find links to Amazon below.