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David Coventry - Writing Into Fatigue


Sat 22 Oct 2016, 1:00pm–2:00pm

Where: Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

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The Invisible Mile is a gritty, awe-inspiring novel about the 1928 Australasian Ravat-Wonder team, the first English-speaking team to compete in the Tour de France.

Coventry explores the fatigue of racing, the psychological pressures on the team, and the scars of WWI. The Invisible Mile won The Hubert Church Award for Fiction (Best First Book) in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. “A tour de force, written with poetic beauty. The Invisible Mile is an important and impressive début.” Steve Walker, Sunday Star-Times

The Invisible Mile has received praise internationally, and will be translated into several languages, including Dutch and German.

"…absorbing, and on many levels. It’s a book about violence, youth, mythology, history, guilt and love - all set to the agonising rhythm of an inhuman bike race. Some achievement! Fictionalised accounts of sporting events don’t always work, but this has the same feeling of total immersion as I remember feeling when I read David Peace’s The Damned United." - Ned Boulting, ITV Journalist and author of How I Won the Yellow Jumper.

“Coventry invites you back to the 1928 Tour de France, to the horror of the First World War, to the hallucinogen mind of a rider. And you go with him, whether you like it or not, because he forces you. Sport and literature are not natural allies, but are here loved ones in the hands of David Coventry.” - Bert Wagendorp, bestselling author of Ventoux.

To find out more about David Coventry go to publisher, Victoria University Press; or David’s own website.