Where There’s A Will – Emily Chappell
‘Where There’s A Will’ is Emily Chappell’s second book. It’s very good indeed.
There are two types of books in my experience, those that you simply read and those that grab you by the hand and take you on a journey leaving you emotionally exhausted but subtly wiser than when you started. ‘Where There’s A Will’ falls squarely into the latter category for me. If you had any illusions about your suitability for riding extreme cycle races you will know the truth by the end of the book without turning a pedal because Emily has the uncanny ability to take you on the ride and immerse you in every nuance of the experience. She peels back her own emotions laying bare the raw pain and joy in such a way as to expose the fragility of us all. Constantly teetering on the limits she reveals the brutal commitment it takes to win but also the crushing despair of losing. She writes so beautifully that I found myself re-reading sentences and paragraphs for the pleasure and poetry of the prose. This is most definitely a book to read more than once. It’s about so much more than riding a bicycle ridiculously far in an unbelievably short time. It’s very definitely about love and loss, friendship and passion and all those tricky bits of life that constitute the race we all find ourselves in, even if we can’t remember signing up for it. If you are looking for inspiration, affirmation or just a really good cry I can’t recommend this book enough.