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Revolutions Reviews

Revolutions by Hannah Ross


How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels

Hannah Ross

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2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 1 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781474611367

A gloriously celebratory and inspirational book about women through history who broke from convention and cycled their way to freedom

  • The GuardianBook of the Day
5 stars out of 5
Eliane Glaser
27 Mar 2021

"an engaging history, full of colourful characters, of women and cycling"

Cycling for me has never been boring or neutral. A male cyclist is just a bloke on a bike, but a woman appears political, independent, a bluestocking, egregiously sporty, or suspiciously saucy. In this likable, informative and barnstorming book, Hannah Ross tells the story of how such meanings – sometimes eagerly adopted, sometimes patriarchally imposed – have become attached to what is often just the most efficient way of getting from A to B. The historical sections are the most eye-opening.


  • The BooksellerEditor's Choice
4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
6 Mar 2020

"(an) entertaining and inspiring bespoke (ha!) account of the wild women on wheels"

Before reading this, I knew Hannah only as Profile's excellent publicity director. Turns out she is not only a dedicated cyclist who spends most of her weekends riding with her club, thinks nothing of cycling across the Alps, and volunteers for a charity helping refugee women in London learn to ride a bike; but also a wonderful writer. From suffragette Alice Hawkins to recent world champion Lizzie Deignan, this is her entertaining and inspiring bespoke (ha!) account of the wild women on wheels and the queens of track, road and mountain who have pedalled hard to escape convention. Now 1st April 2021.