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Fat Man on a Bicycle

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Tom Vernon had never appreciated physical exercise, but succeeded in cycling his nineteen stone almost a thousand miles from Muswell Hill to La Grande-Motte in order to 'put the toe on the reality of provincial France'.

'an excellent radio programme and an even better book' - PUNCH
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 23rd 1982 by Fontana (first published October 26th 1981)
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A man who comes across as a Bill Bryson for an older generation, a man for whom the phrase "gentle humour" seems to have been invented. This bike ride ambles down through France, a lovely idea, avoiding big climbs and cobbled lanes, busy Paris and speedy autoroutes - how do you get a job like that?
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Tom Vernon is a British broadcaster and writer, best known as the titular "Fat Man" of a number of popular travelogues. After several years working as a presenter and interviewer for BBC Radio 4, Vernon's first travelogue series was Fat Man On A Bicycle (1979). As the title implied, Vernon was obese and the first episode followed the health tests he had to undergo before setting off on his journey ...more
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