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Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier

by Jon Day - £14.99  Notting Hill Editions (2015)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9781907903991 | ISBN 10: 1907903992

Cyclogeography is an essay about the bicycle in the cultural imagination and a portrait of London seen from the saddle. The bicycle enables us to feel a landscape, rather than just see it, and in the great tradition of the psychogeographers, Day attempts to depart from the map and reclaim the streets of the city.
 
Informed by several grinding years spent as a bicycle courier, Day lifts the lid on the solitary life of the courier. Travelling the unmapped byways, short-cuts and edgelands of the city, couriers are the declining, invisible workforce of the city. The parcels they deliver either commonplace or illicit keep the city and capitalism - running.

"This is a street-smart, super-sharp exploration of the "soft city" as seen from the saddle; Jon Day has written a bold and clever book about the zone where capital and cycling collide. It fascinated me from first page to last."
(Robert Macfarlane)

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