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    Bloomsbury presents The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman by Harry Pearson, read by Harry Pearson.  

    Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2019.

    Every nation shapes sport to test the character traits it most admires.  

    In The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman, committed Belgophile and road cycling obsessive Harry Pearson takes you on a journey across Flanders - through the lumpy horizontal rain, up the elbow-juddering cobbled inclines, past the fans dressed as chickens and the shop window displays of constipation medicines as he follows races big, small and even smaller, through one glorious, muddy spring.  

    Ranging over 500 years of Flemish and European history, across windswept polders, along back roads and through an awful lot of beer cafes, Pearson examines the characters, the myths and the rivalries that make Flanders a place where cycling is a religion and the riders its Lycra-clad priests.

    ©2019 Harry Pearson (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Pty Ltd

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    "An enormously entertaining cycling journal." (Times Literary Supplement)

    "A joy." (Ned Boulting)

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    • MICHAEL LYONS
    • 04/03/2021

    Listened to this multiple times

    Loved the story and narration, really captured the essence of Belgium racing and life, feel like I'm there

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    • Martin
    • 05/12/2020

    Huge fun even if you don't care about cycling

    I love Pearson's writing and his wit and I wish that Audible would do his "Racing Pigs and Giant Marrows". This book is great fun, even for someone like me who knows nothing about cycling. I was given an insight into a a very weird passion in a unique part of the world. I loved the way in which the author would talk to strangers who professed to have no interest in cycling but who would then regale him with deeply-held opinions about an upcoming cycling star or the history of a particular event. And I found myself rolling the names of the events around in my head (and sometimes out loud, provoking some odd looks): Liège Bastogne Liège; the Hell of the North; Paris-Roubaix...
    Highly recommend
    I've just put his latest ("the Farther Corner") into my basket as a Christmas treat.

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    • Colin
    • 08/06/2020

    Detailed observation and dry humor

    Let’s get this straight: Harry Pearson does not like the music played at Flemish races. Other than that he has a passion for the place, people, and quirks of Flemish cycling. Reportage on a single season with historical reflection going back to the origins and key moments and people. Author’s reading sometimes lacks the timing of his own humor but is otherwise apt and preferable to a dull actor’s rendition. A hidden gem for cycling fans and those who like sports writing.

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    • Daniel McMillan
    • 22/03/2020

    Brilliant

    A must listen for those of us who love cycling. Well written and read. Perfect for social distancing.