Thursday, 31 July 2008

The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycling Idyll

The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycling Idyll, by H. G. Wells, was published in 1896, and is the story of Mr Hoopdriver, a draper's assistant, and his summer holiday cycling tour of the English south coast. He meets Jessie Milton, a rebellious, but naive young women, and....

But I must not spoil the plot.

The point is that the story might be implausible, but it rattles along, tongue firmly in cheek, along with plenty of descriptions of cycling in a bygone age.

Available from Wikisource, from Gutenberg, and from Amazon, but probably not on the shelves of many bookshops.

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