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The Invisible Mile

(2016)
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"Bruising, beautiful and ultimately transcendent, there's a perfect thought on sport, humanity or endurance on just about every page."
Markus Zusak


A reimagining of a true story, The Invisible Mile is a novel about the capacity of the human mind and body when stretched to their absolute limits, written in prose that calls to mind the works of Marilynne Robinson and John Banville as well as Colson Whitehead's National Book Award-winning novel, The Underground Railroad.

In 1928 the Ravat-Wonder cycling team became the first English-speaking peloton to compete in the Tour de France. The riders, from faraway New Zealand and Australia, were treated as exotics and isolated from their surroundings by a thick barrier of language and culture. Underfinanced and undertrained, the team faced one of the toughest routes in the race's history, 5,476 kilometers over unsealed roads through a landscape heavy with the legacy of the Great War. One hundred and sixty-two cyclists began the race that year; only 42 finished.

A deeply introspective and spiritual book, The Invisible Mile is narrated by a fictional rider from the Ravat-Wonder team. Speaking no French and knowing a scant few of his fellow riders, his race becomes a confrontation with memories of the Great War and a quest to understand his own place among its history. He rides on the alternating highs of cocaine and opium, pain and pleasure, victory and defeat. And as he nears the northern battlefields and his last invisible mile, trauma, exertion, and his personal demons take over. The Invisible Mile is the story of one man's struggle for survival in the face of physical and psychological hardship, a profoundly human story about guilt and redemption.

Genre: Historical
 
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Hardback Editions

June 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile
Author(s): David Coventry
ISBN: 1-5098-2291-7 / 978-1-5098-2291-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile
Author(s): David Coventry
ISBN: 1-5098-2293-3 / 978-1-5098-2293-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile: A Novel
Author(s): David Coventry
ISBN: 1-60945-397-2 / 978-1-60945-397-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile
Author(s): David Coventry
ISBN: 1-5098-2294-1 / 978-1-5098-2294-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

June 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile: A Novel
Author(s): David Coventry
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile
Author(s): David Coventry
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Availability: Amazon   

June 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile
Author(s): David Coventry
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile: A Novel
Author(s): David Coventry
Publisher: Europa Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Invisible Mile
Author(s): David Coventry
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


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