A Time of Birds

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Finding herself at a crossroads and in need of a change from her job and domestic responsibilities, Helen Moat set herself the challenge of a lifetime: she got on her bike and embarked on an epic cycle ride across Europe, all the way to Istanbul, accompanied by her eighteen-year-old son.
"A prayer of a book. A hymn to the healing power of cycling slow" Chris Dolan

"A stand-out work of honesty and integrity, loss and hope" Alan Brown

Helen Moat sets out to cycle across Europe, with her teenage son, on her sit-up-and-beg bike aka The Tank . She's not sure whether she is running away from the past or pedalling towards it.

As she cycles the Rhine and Danube through the days of unfolding spring, the sky filled with birdsong, she senses her bird-loving father is by her side. Increasingly, she loses herself in her surroundings and memories of a childhood spent in the outdoors of rural Northern Ireland.

Gradually, the natural beauty of Europe's great waterways bring healing, as does the kindness of friends and strangers along the way. She feels a sense of belonging on a continent shaped by war and peace, peoples divided and reunited, a shared history.

But when the birdsong fades across the parched, late-summer landscapes of Bulgaria and Turkey, Helen finds herself recalling the Troubles and confronting a suppressed secret. This is her life-affirming account of an unforgettable, if sometimes bumpy ride.
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Weight 0.000000
Author Moat, Helen
Availability IP
Department Cycling
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781912235704
Pages 304
Published 09/04/2020
Publisher Saraband
Section Cycling Guides
Size Unfolded 198x129mm
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