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The Invisible Mile

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Based on a true story, The Invisible Mile tells the poignant story of five Australian and New Zealand cyclists who, in 1928, formed the first English-speaking team to ride in the Tour de France. They were gallant, under-resourced and badly outnumbered but taken deep to the heart by the French nation.

The audiobook describes in a wonderful poetic and visceral voice what it was like to ride in this race (the chaos, danger and rivalries); the extraordinary lengths to which the riders pushed themselves, suffering horrific injuries, riding through the night in pitch dark; and the ways they staved off the pain through camaraderie, through sexual conquest, through drink and through drugs (cocaine for energy, opium for pain).

Added to the team is the fictional narrator who is cycling towards his demons in a Northern France still scarred by the First World War. His brother was a fighter pilot damaged by his experiences in France, his sister has died and this self-imposed test of endurance is slowly and painfully bringing him to his final, invisible mile, where memory eventually comes to collide with the past.

Genre: Historical    

Praise for this book

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


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Hardback Editions

2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: 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
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Title: 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
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Title: The Invisible Mile: A Novel
Author(s): David Coventry
ISBN: 1-60945-397-2 / 978-1-60945-397-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Invisible Mile
Author(s): David Coventry
ISBN: 1-5098-2294-1 / 978-1-5098-2294-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Invisible Mile: A Novel
Author(s): David Coventry
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Invisible Mile: A Novel
Author(s): David Coventry
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


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


Kindle Editions

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


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