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29 Comments so far:

  1. Teresa Goodyer says:

    Hi Anna. Are you planning to publish a book about your Lejog adventures?

    • Anna says:

      Hi Teresa,
      No plans as yet – I think it might be overkill to write a book about a book tour…! However, it is possible that I will put together a LEJOG guidebook which includes some of my experiences, so watch this space for that.

  2. Pat Hall says:

    Just want to reach out to those people who knew Mike so I can keep him alive in my heart

    • Anna says:

      Hi Pat, thank you for getting in touch, and I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. We would like to dedicate the next print run of the book to Mike, and I’ll send you a copy. If you email me I can let you know the details.

  3. Roger Harris says:

    Picked up a copy of ESC yesterday and have now finished it. I’m a walker not a cyclist but absolutely loved it! Busily recommending it to all my friends. Thank you.
    Roger x

  4. Lewis says:

    Anna! Been too long! Lost my phone and your number. Be good to see you on the towpath soon. Lewis xxx

  5. James Farrington says:

    Hi Anna , my name is James and I just listened to your views on not having children . I must say I entirely agree and as myself working outdoors and countryside , wildlife etc , really do take my hat off to you . Your a inspiration to others , so I wish you well in your years ahead and hey I’m sure their is a soulmate out there waiting with your sensible , caring views , james , Romsey , Hampshire , New Forest .

  6. Dena Walemy says:

    Me too, I just heard your views on not having children. You seem like a kind, intelligent person and I’d rather your genes were continued. Go on! Have a child or two and put them up for adoption if you don’t want them yourself. The number of parents who do want children and want to adopt…adoption is a heartbreaking process and you would be making people happy. And in the end I think humanity and human life is more important than the environmental cost you refer to. I really hope I haven’t offended you or anyone else with my views. Anyway you can find me on Linkedin if you want to reply. No hatemail please, internet people.

    • Anna says:

      Hi Dena. I am sure there are many unwanted children already waiting to be adopted without me adding to that number. In fact, if I were to ever want children, adoption would be the path I would go down. I’m flattered you think my genes are worth continuing, but we can influence people in greater ways than simply reproducing ourselves – I have five nieces and nephews that I have a hand in raising, so I am sure some of my views will rub off on them. Unfortunately I disagree with you on your point about humanity and human life. There will be no human life without a planet to support us, and with our rapidly growing population, resources will become ever more scarce. We have to get the environment right first.

  7. Philip says:

    Hello Anna,
    Have you read a book called Ishmael by Daniel Quinn by any chance?

  8. Anna says:

    Hi Philip, no I haven’t … can you give a quick synopsis?

  9. Philip says:

    hmmm, it is so hard to do the book justice in just a few words.
    It tells the story of a jaded hippy responding to an advert “Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.”
    Let’s just say it encompasses talking gorillas, Anthropology, philosophy, cultural analysis, ecology and environmentalism rended in an effectively affecting narrative.
    For anyone who feels exasperated with the dissonance of modern day life or “Koyaanisqatsi” as bewailed by the Hopi Indians 🙂

  10. Steve says:

    Hello Anna. I’ve just read your cycle around Britain blog, absolutely fantastic achievement let alone for the messages you are sending out about our wonderful planet. I have done a few long distance rides and can empathise with some of your emotions, and your final day, well, I was quite excited just reading – all those mixed up emotions of completing such a challenge.
    Thank you.

    • Anna says:

      Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great to hear you enjoyed the book and I’m glad you picked out that bit about the final day – I really liked writing that part! Wishing you all the best in your future long distance rides.

  11. Rebecca Smyllie says:

    Hi Anna,

    I work for BBC Radio 5 live and this morning we’re talking about the reasons why people decide not to have children.

    I know you did a piece recently with BBC Stories about this and I was wondering if you’d be willing to speak to us on our phone-in after 9am this morning.

    Are you able to send me a contact number so I can get in touch? Or you can give me a call on 0161 335 6501.

    Many thanks!

  12. Iain King says:

    Hi Anna!

    I found your blog a long, long time ago, and it made me want to do a long ride at some point. Then, I took a 3-month sabbatical, and just after, realised you’d published a book of the trip (which I then bought)!

    I’m not going as far – Swindon to Cornwall and back, over about 18 days – but I’m really looking forward to it.

    One of my original ideas was to cycle the Danube as far as I could go, but chatting to a chap in a bike shop in Vienna, he convinced me I’d be quickly bored (he was right).

    So, I swapped that idea out for two. I’ve just finished what became a ‘training’ week, cycling in the Austrian Alps. I hope this prepares me for the Devon and Cornwall hills!

    I’ve used your book as something of a guide for my trip. I’m sticking mostly to the coast, like you, picking it up from the top of The Quantocks (I couldn’t miss out riding Cheddar!), and finishing in Beer. Your tips on ferries in particular have been very useful, and I now have lots of notes in the book!

    That was a lot longer than I expected, sorry.

    Anyway, thank you for the great work and great book.


    • Anna says:

      Hi Iain, thanks for getting in touch. I’m glad you found my book and blog useful, and great that you’re going to explore some of our wonderful coastline! There really is some terrific cycling to be had in that part of the world, though as you have seen, it’s tough. I hope your trip is going/has gone well – keep pedalling!

  13. Peter Daubney says:

    Hi Anna, have just seen your video about not wanting children, what a refreshing attitude to life, and from someone so gorgeous as well!!….your genuine concern for the planet is, I think, an attitude which is fortunately becoming more and more commonplace, I just hope the next generations are able to grasp the situation better than mine..(im 49). hopefully its not too late…Wishing you all the best…Peter

  14. Hi Anna, I enjoy your books. I’ve self-published a few on Amazon, including some on cycling, including Cycling Shorts and Cycle Clips and Tour de Fiction. I’d like to send you them for review or just to read. I appreciate if you don’t want to give me your address but if I send them to your publisher, would they forward them on?

    • Anna says:

      Thanks Julian. Yes indeed, please do send any books to my publisher who’ll forward them on. I’d be delighted to read them! You can send them to Summersdale Publishers Ltd, 46 West Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RP

  15. Hi Anna

    Hope you are well? Just wanted to say a HUGE thanks. You recently ran a bike ability at my daughters School – Our Ladies of Lourdes in Wanstead. Ruby (my daughter) came with her bike with stabilizers and after spending a few hours with you – she is now happily cycling. Just brilliant. She had a great great time, and has such a great sense of achievement and pride that she can cycle. We are now a complete cycling family and will be loving the coming spring, out as a family cycling about. Just wanted to say what an amazing scheme – thank you !!

    • Anna says:

      Thank you Louise – you are welcome! It was a pleasure to work with Ruby and I’m so glad she enjoyed it so much. Best wishes for all the family cycling! Anna

  16. Rebecca says:

    Dear Anna, I’ve just finished Eat Sleep Cycle which I loved. Am inspired to do a trip with my teenage daughter now.
    Thanks x

    • Anna says:

      Thank you Rebecca – I’m so glad it inspired you! Do let me know how your trip goes – there are so many fantastic places in the UK to explore by bike.

  17. Paul says:

    Hi Anna, Congratulations on your 3 climb Tumble adventure! Just wondering if the rides are on Strava please?

  18. Zoha says:

    Hi Anna. I am very inspired by your journey and your Flight Free UK initiative. During the first semester of my Master’s Degree, I wrote a research paper on carbon-offsetting through lessening air travel. I would be happy to share that with you and to get your take on it. I have also applied to volunteer at Flight Free UK. I’m so excited to join! 🙂

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