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The Flying Scotsman

Biography, Sport
Publication Date
05 June 2007
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
In Stock
Birlinn Limited
Age Range
20th century

The Flying Scotsman

by Graeme Obree - Find out more about the author


eBook also available at the iBookstore

'Deeply moving. His determination and single-mindedness was and still is a true inspiration to me' — Sir Chris Hoy

'This is a book that must have taken great courage to write, is a harrowing reminder of how little the public know about sportsmen, no matter how brightly the spotlight shines on them' — The Guardian

'Harrowing, brilliant, and completely unforgettable' — Bella Bethurst, author of The Bicycle Book

'All fans of cycling should read this true story of a remarkable man' — Julie, Waterstones Lancaster

Number 10 in Cycle Sport's Best 50 Cycling Books of All Time

Graeme Obree’s story begins with a tough upbringing in the Ayrshire valleys, where he found his escape by taking to the roads on his bike. He would emerge from total obscurity to smash Francesco Moser's World Hour Record, controversy hard at his heels for his unique riding style and pioneering construction techniques — famously using parts from a washing machine to build his bike, ‘Old Faithful’.

But amidst the record attempts, media feeding frenzy and thrilling head-to-head duels with Chris Boardman, Graeme was fighting another battle. With searing honesty, he recounts his biggest battle against depression which drove him to attempt suicide.