Books and Films

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” -
Jorge Luis Borges

Both of us love reading and watching world cinema films. We would like to the share with you the cycling books that we have read and a few films that we have enjoyed. All these books and DVDs are available on the Amazon.co.uk link below. If you click on the link and purchase any items we will receive a small percentage.

    

Book List – Cycling Touring

Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook by Stephen Lord. A useful guide with tips on routes, equipment and planning for cycle touring.

Why don’t you fly? Backdoor to Beijing – by bicycle, by Christopher J. A. Smith.

A 16,500 mile adventure from UK to Beijing.

Miles from Nowhere, by Barbara Savage.

A 23,000 mile global adventure, 25 countries in two years during the late 1970s.

The Trail to Titicaca: A Journey Through South America, by Rupert John Attlee.

Three untrained cyclists set out to cycle from Tierra del Fuego to Lake Titicaca.

“You can’t ride a bike to Alaska. It’s an island!” by Mickey Thomas.

A once-in-a-lifetime 3,400 mile bicycle ride from Montana to Alaska.

Odysseus’ Last Stand. The Chronicles of a Bicycle Nomad, by Dave Stamboulis.

The story of a seven year and 40,000 kilometre journey around the world.

Discovery Road by T. Garratt, A. Brown, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

This is a fast moving tale of self-discovery; it is full of adventure, conflict, humour, danger and a multitude of colourful characters. Much more than a travelogue, it proves ordinary people can chase great dreams.

A Place to Cycle by Rob Penn.
A Place to Cycle features 25 of the world's most beautiful cycle routes. Each one has been independently selected for their exceptional beauty and stunning scenery en route, and graded from an easy, leisurely ride, to more challenging terrain.

 

Moods of Future Joys by Alastair Humphreys.

Moods of Future Joys is the first part of Alastair’s 4 year cycling adventure around the world.

Thunder and Sunshine by Alastair Humphreys.

This is the second part of Alastair Humphreys' round the world journey of 46,000 miles from Cape Town he cycles the Americas and then through Russia, Japan, China before cycling home.

 

Around The World On Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary ride. By Peter Zheutlin

The story of Annie Kopchovsky’s attempt to circle the world by wheel has been lost to history. How did she manage, in the 1890s, to make a trip around the world by bicycle? How did she free herself from the social constraints that surrounded women of the Victorian era to undertake such an adventure?

 

 

Cycling Nomads Movie List

Into the Wild

Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, 22 year-old Christopher McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people. (English language)

La Lengua de las Mariposas.

A beautifully shot, perfectly paced film set in a small town during the months leading up to the Spanish Civil War. This harrowing but uplifting tale concerns a schoolteacher and his 8 year-old pupil. (Spanish with subtitles)

The Motorcycle Diaries

In 1952, two young Argentinian men, the medical student Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and friend Alberto Granada set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Guevara's own journals form the basis of Salles's film of this journey of self-discovery as the two experience the region's rich and varied life and landscape. Gorgeously filmed, it avoids overt politics while leaning towards Guevara's later political life. (Spanish with English subtitles)

Bombon El Perro

When a middle-aged mechanic made redundant after 20 years helps a stranded motorist he is paid with a purebred Dogo Argentino named Bombón, a dog almost twice his size. He begins to dream of a different life after his dog wins first prize at a local dog show and, aided by a trainer, he discovers the world of dog shows, where he reclaims his dignity and discovers a new calling. A simple, lovely film from the director of Historias Minimas. A film from Argentina (Spanish with English subtitles)

Historias Minimas

Aka Minimal Stories. A Patagonian road movie and an affectionate portrait of three small town heroes pursuing their dreams. Beautifully shot. A film from Argentina (Spanish with English subtitles).

 

City of God

Perhaps the most exhilarating film of 2003, and one which takes street crime in the shantytowns of Rio as its subject. The slum is the battleground between rival gangs and corrupt cops. It's a story served up with passion and energy but which is also full of social and political insights. A Brazilian film (Portuguese with English subtitles).

Central Station

Aka Central Do Brasil. A film which will win many hearts. Dora, a crusty middle-aged spinster, unwillingly becomes responsible for a small boy, Josue, when his mother dies, and the film charts the adventures and disappointments in the mini-Odyssey of this odd couple, as they travel to find Josue's long-lost father. A Brazilian film (Portuguese with English subtitles).

Nine Queens

Set in Buenos Aires over the course of 24 hours, this is a taut heist thriller in which nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted. A naive young con artist teams up with an experienced master criminal for what could be the crime to end all crimes. An Argentinean Film (Spanish with English subtitles).

Amores Perros

Voted best film by the critics at Cannes 2000. Amores Perros explodes onto the screen with a bone-crunching car crash. The lives of its three victims are then imaginatively interwoven in this visceral eulogy to life and loss on Mexico's mean streets. A Mexican film (Spanish with English subtitles)

Pedro Almodovar Box Set

An excellent collection of recent films from the inimitable Spanish director. Features All About My Mother, Bad Education, Live Flesh, Talk To Her and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Spanish films with English subtitles).

La Comunidad

In Madrid, Julia (Carmen Maura) is a property broker of fifty and something years, trying to sell an old apartment. Julia finds a neighbor, an old man, dead in a very dirty apartment, along with three hundred million pesetas in his apartment. She becomes trapped by the other weird neighbors that want to get the old man's money for themselves. This tale is one of suspense and greed. A brilliant black comedy. (A Spanish film with English subtitles).

Volver

One of the most acclaimed films of 2006, Volver has been seen in many quarters as Almodovar's masterpiece. Penelope Cruz has never been better than as Raimunda, a hard-working woman whose life is a mess. Her sister, meanwhile, is shocked when their mother (Carmen Maura) returns to lend a helping hand. A warm, delightful film with strong performances (the female protagonists shared the Best Actress award at Cannes) (Spanish with English subtitles)

 

Amelie

Aka Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain. Innocent young Amelie discovers that her true vocation in life is to right wrongs and to help others find love and happiness. However, something is missing from her own heart, and when a mysterious photo album land at her feet, it sets her on a delightfully twisted path through Parisian streets to meet its handsome, mysterious owner and her own destiny (French with English subtitles).

Paris Je t’aime

20 directors, 20 short films, 20 vignettes about life and love in one of the greatest cities on earth, with an international cast including Steve Buscemi, Gaspard Ulliel, Miranda Richardson, Willem Dafoe, Juliette Binoche and Nick Nolte. There's something for all tastes here, and as ever with such collections, there's much enjoyment to be had from seeing the undoubted successes side by side with the films that don't quite come off (French with English subtitles).

 

Kolya

When a financially strapped former symphony cellist, now making a meagre living by playing at funerals, gets pressured into a paper marriage with a friend's single-mother niece, his roving-eye bachelor life is turned upside-down. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. (Czech with English Subtitles)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

Johnny Depp, Leonardo Di Caprio, Juliette Lewis Meet Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) a young man who lives in Endora, lowa population 1,901. "Describing it", says Gilbert, "is like dancing to no music." Gilbert lives with his mother, whose 36 stone frame is slowly destroying the fragile Grape homestead, his brother, Arnie (Leonardo Di Caprio) who was never expected to survive childhood.

 

Y Tu Mama Tambien

This beautifully filmed, expertly acted film about two 17-year-old, middle class Mexican boys on summer break is deceivingly complex (Spanish with English Subtitles).

Filmmaker Bigas Lunas is one of the most successful filmmakers to emerge from his native Spain. His films often mix humour and eroticism, are sometimes brutal, yet always original. This collection includes four of the director's most well-known films: GOLDEN BALLS, JAMON JAMON, THE TIT AND THE MOON and THE AGES OF LULU (Spanish with English Subtitles).

 


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