On Wheels by Michael Holroyd

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  • Title: On Wheels
  • Author: Michael Holroyd
  • Category: Biography
  • Date: 05/01/13
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780374226572

 

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From the bestselling creator of A Book of Secrets , a brisk, charming, illustrated account of a motoring life As a toddler, Michael Holroyd spent his finest hours in his household’s cramped storage, which contained a wealth of magical, thrilling objects. But essentially the most intriguing by far was the one in the course of the room—the household’s eight-horsepower black Ford, which had discovered within the storage a everlasting residence and in Holroyd a devoted caretaker. Sitting within the backseat—his personal non-public citadel—he started his love affair with the auto. On Wheels is the story of the vehicles and drivers that impressed and affected Holroyd all through his life. Ranging from drives across the nation together with his father, a automotive obsessive, to the baroque horrors of his austere driving teacher, to the liberating pleasures of computerized transmission, On Wheels is an automotive autobiography—the story of times and locations that mattered to the creator, informed by means of the vehicles that bore witness. “My biographies,” Holroyd writes, “turned more and more stuffed with motoring exploits—one thing of which I used to be unaware till just lately,” and so On Wheels can also be a mirrored image on the creator’s many sensible biographical topics—Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, and plenty of others—and their very own relationships to the open highway. Casually intimate and infrequently riotously humorous, On Wheels is a grasp biographer’s miniature self-portrait—and an indelible reflection on his nice ardour

 

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