A struggle. Written in a particular style which is pretty jarring and takes some getting use to. A rags to riches tale but one that becomes a lot less interesting once the success comes. Five out of ten.
Phil the thrill http://philthethrill.net/ ‘s book charting his early life and primarily his early career. Yes he was a fat kid, yes he took up cycling and was less fat. Enjoyable but I can see how it would be less so if you weren’t a cycling fan / interested in knowing a bit more about the lower ranks of the US pro-scene.
Phil’s podcast, Real Talent, http://philthethrill.net/new-podcast-real-talent-with-phil-gaimon/ is, for me, more interesting than his book, being a number of conversations with other athletes discussing their careers, how they got to where they are, where they are going etc. Really interesting.
The autobiography of a cycle courier and her private life in East London. Found this pretty hard to get into. Again should very much fall into the easy read category but found it difficult to engage with it. A five / six out of ten from me.
Part 2. Picks up where part 1 finished, from Belfort’s capture and finishing up with his incarceration. This is essentially is a story of the breakdown of his marriage and his subsequent relationships. It’s just as readable as the first book and is enjoyable on that basis alone. Both books are of course nice easy reads that skip along. His right hand man Danny Porush said that the film was a distant cousin to the truth with the books being a distant cousin from the film (he may not have used the word cousin). Enjoyable no matter how unbelievable they may be.
Did I enjoy the WoWS film, yes, what did that say about me, who knows. Did I enjoy the book, immensely. Belfort is of course a truly grotesque character who appeared to be able to create and live a cartoon life of instant mega success, drugs and beautiful women in which the joke was always on someone else. The story unfolds in much the same manner as presented in the film. Snappy and zippy. Whether it’s entirely believable is another matter but it’s page turning stuff. Very to easy to read and recommended on that basis alone. Anyone who has worked in an office will be able to relate to his inner monologue about his co-workers and employees.
This has been another disrupted year but here’s an update on what I’ve read to date this year. I read this at the turn of the year and can only report that it follows in the footsteps of the other books written by Ned. No pretensions other than to be what it is, just more Ned (who appears to have morphed into an anchor commentator (Ned and David Millar may be cheaper than Phil and Paul, who knows)). From what I can recall it was an enjoyable enough easy read. My main memory is his description of the portaloos at the tour.