Between the Lines: The Autobiography

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2012 - Cyclists - 341 pages
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Victoria Pendleton MBE is not your typical female athlete. Admired as much by the weekly glossies as she is the newspaper back pages, she transcends her sport. In 2005 she became first British female to win Gold at the cycling World Championships in 40 years. She followed it up with gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and another World Championship in 2007. Arriving in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, Pendleton was on top of the world. She didn't disappoint. In an enthralling example of track cycling, Pendleton took Gold and joined the ranks of British Olympic heroes.

And then it started to go wrong.

Feted by the press and the public alike, behind the scenes the cracks and strains started to show. Despite retaining her World Champion status in 2009, it was a close run thing and her shield of invincibility started to drop. Victoria was falling out of love with her sport. The sport that had made her was starting to tear her apart. QUEEN VIC documents the considerable lows as well as the well-known highs and reveals why Victoria almost turned her back on cycling before rediscovering her Championship winning form in 2011, the day after suffering one of her most humiliating days on the track.

Hitting the shelves within a matter of weeks from the end of her Olympic programme and written with Donald McRae, two time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, QUEEN VIC promises to be the most honest and emotional book from an Olympian to date.

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Review: Between the Lines: The Autobiography

User Review  - Sarah Smith-pilling - Goodreads

Easy to read but very descriptive, with lots of people and names, sometimes hard to keep up. so took me a while to read. Good if you are interested in cycling. Not the best autobiography I have read, but it's far from the worst. Read full review

Review: Between the Lines: The Autobiography

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

It was entertaining and really easy to read, sometimes a bit too easy - although I think that's more to do with the style of sports biographies! I found it refreshingly honest and blunt, a real eye-opener into the work of British Cycling. Read full review

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