‘A fool couldn’t ride the Vincent Black Shadow more than once, but a fool can ride a Ducati 900 many times, and it will always be a bloodcurdling kind of fun. That is the Curse of Speed which has plagued me all my life. I am a slave to it. On my tombstone they will carve, IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME.’ – Hunter S. Thompson
Sons of Thunder, Neil Bradford’s exhilaratingly high-octane collection of motorcycle writing, makes a persuasive case for the unique excitement and emotional experience offered by one of mankind’s greatest inventions.
Featuring full-throttle tales by T.E. Lawrence, Roald Dahl, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Robert Hughes and many others, and ranging from Hunter S. Thompson’s rip-roaring prose to lyrical contributions from Ted Hughes, Thom Gunn and Robert Pirsig, the groundbreaking Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance author, Sons of Thunder is a thrilling tribute to the pleasures and perils of riding this awesome machine.
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If you're making a journey on anything other than a bike, take this with you. It's the next best thing to riding -
Neil Bradford has chosen an eclectic roster of biking enthusiasts for his inspiring and oddly touching volume about the competing joys and uncertainties of two-wheeled life. A bedside book for all bikers - Daily Mail
A marvellous book . . . an altogether entertaining read -
Conveying to others with words the life-long love of motorcycling - the thrill of it, the sheer joy - is impossible. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. And this is a very good attempt - TalkSport
A treat for motorbike fans - The Bookseller
Selected writings from across a wide canvas of time and space . . . bring forth the power and poetry of this splendid cultural icon - Hindustan Times
An eloquent and unabashedly romantic ode to our love affair with motorcycles . . . a great read not only for those who love motorcycles but also for people who we all have trouble explaining our affliction to: friends, spouses, parents and children - Outlook Traveller
About the Author
Neil Bradford has ridden motorcycles for over thirty years. He has owned Hondas, Kawasakis, Aprilias and a Ducati but always returns to flat-twin BMWs and currently rides an R1200GS Adventure. He works in publishing.