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A London cycle courier with a taste for adventure, Emily Chappell entered an extraordinary new race - The Transcontinental - in which riders must find their own way, entirely unassisted, across Europe in the shortest time possible. On her second attempt, she won the women's event, covering nearly 4,000 miles in 13 days and 10 hours, sleeping in short bursts wherever exhaustion took her.

In the aftermath of a win that troubled as much as pleased her she worked with Mike Hall, the founder of the race, until his tragic death on the road.

Where There's a Will is a book about a normal person finding the capacity to do something extraordinary; the paradoxes of comradeship, competition, vulnerability and will and the shock of grief, combined in a beautifully written and very human story.

©2019 Emily Chappell (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Fantastic book by a fantastic cyclist

I loved this audio book so much!!!! Well written and brilliant that Emily narrated it herself. Her very British modesty sometimes makes you forget this woman is a beast on a bike, doing things I could only dream of as a keen cyclist. I took so much from this book, I laughed and I definitely cried.

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Where There's a Will, (There's a Way!)

I stumbled upon this book but it was one of my best experiences with Audible and such an easy listen. Emily Chappell not only delivered it but read it, enabling you to live part of the experience. It really takes on a language of its own and inspires you to do more than you thought you could. It ticks so many boxes for me and what a fab listen on my comings and goings! It so eloquently touches on so many areas of everyday life, its highs and lows and so beautifully deals with the death of one of our own. A fantastic book , I'd do it a huge injustice not to highly recommend it. Well done Emily Chappell and Thank you!!

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Listened to this in the space of 3 days.

Listening to this and hearing some one managing to articulate the feeling of doing tcr is so good. She managed to capture the sensation of it along with the struggle and her openness regaurding the emotional roller coaster is so perfect.

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Very hard book

This is a very good book. It's also a very hard book to listen to. It doesn't inspire to get on your bike. I loved it but it did bring me down at time. It is not a happy book. In my opinion it should be nobody's first cycling book but it is an important book to have.

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Please have the will to finish this book, it's worth it.

This book can be as tough as some of the climbs, yet it also leaves you wanting more - more of the joy of winning, more of the triumphs - OK the book left me feeling a little down, not that a book must fake it, or that if the writer didn't feel that way but the climbs often seem to outweigh a subject that she is passionate about.

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Her voice is really getting on my nerves

Don't know if I can finish this. Think I should've bought it on kindle. Sometimes authors shouldn't narrate their own books.

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Interesting but a bit hard to follow

I feel this is something that may be better to read than listen to. It was difficult to follow the thread and chronology as the story narrative seemed to jump around so I did find this confusing. Emily does a good job of reading the story, and it is graphic in detail on what it takes to ride for days without showering! Bit too graphic in places for me...

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Eloquent, honest, engaging, and impressive

The tale is engaging and the teller, Emily, is that uncommon human who can convey the everyday and the searingly emotionally exposed and vulnerable, with acute observation and metaphorical ingenuity.
Thank you Emily, and all who played a part in creating and giving us this record of life.

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Best bike book so far

Absolutely loved the story, the sheer determination and grief told in such an elegant way.

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What a brilliant book

I’ve read a lot of books, but I think this must be the most evocative and beautifully written book I’ve read. It’s a fantastic story wonderfully read, while being a genuine insight into the mind and story of one of the best ultra endurance athletes in the world. But it’s so much more! Read it!!!

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  • Greg Fisher
  • 14-03-20

Remarkable book on many dimensions

I thought this was going to be a book about just the Trans-Continental bike race, but it was about so much more than that. It's about Emily's discovery of endurance bike racing, her doubts fears and breakthroughs, her failures (in all their glory) and her successes (mostly downplayed). It also covers her friendship with the endurance cycling legend, Mike Hall, who was tragically killed in a bike race in Australia. For anyone with an ounce of interest in endurance cycling, this is a MUST READ -- it is beautiful, sad, inspiring and amazingly well written.

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  • Paul M.
  • 29-11-20

Great book, even better audiobook

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, (as well as Emily's previous memoir on working as a bicycle courier, What Goes Around) but listening to it brought so much added depth. Do yourself the favor of doing both as well, I think you will find it well worth the investment of time.

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  • shredchic
  • 21-04-20

Much more than a race report

I never knew about the Trans Continental race, or that Emily Chappell was such a wonderful writer before hearing this book. I was pleasantly surprised. It's a very personal memoir that which will hit home for many cyclists. It comes alive with the author's own voice. You may not even need to be an avid cyclist to get lost in her story.