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Lone Rider

Extent: 320 pages

Size: 234x153mm

Publication Date:

Price: £14.99

ISBN: 9781782438045

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir

About the Book

In 1982, at the age of just twenty-three and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6.

Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well travelled. But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead.

When she returned to London nearly two and a half years later she was stones lighter and decades wiser. She’d ridden through unforgiving landscapes and countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. She'd survived life-threatening illnesses, personal loss and brutal accidents that had left permanent scars and a black hole in her memory. And she’d fallen in love with two very different men.

In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, satnavs and, in some parts of the world, readily available and reliable maps, Elspeth achieved something that would still seem remarkable today. Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure.

Extent: 320pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 05/04/2018

Price: £10.99

ISBN: 9781782439622

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir

About the Book

Publication Date: 06/07/2017

Price: £5.99

ISBN: 9781782438052

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir

About the Book

About the Author

Elspeth Beard is a motorcyclist and award-winning architect. She runs her own architecture company, specialising in creating and remodelling interesting and unusual buildings. She lives in a converted water tower in the southeast of England and still enjoys riding her collection of motorcycles, which includes her trusty BMW R 60/6.


  • 'An eye-opening account of one of adventure motor-cycling's most enjoyable and inspiring stories. If there's only one adventure biking book you read this year, make it this one.', Adventure Bike Rider
  • 'Stunningly honest, Lone Rider is going to raise eyebrows. This extraordinary story is hard-hitting ... It's going to challenge and surprise every reader.', Overland Magazine
  • '[A] beautifully crafted memoir', The Guildford Magazine
  • 'Lone Rider's a book that carries you around the globe on a fast-moving wave of sights and struggles - the pace alone makes it unputdownable [...] a stunning read.', Drivetribe
  • 'A remarkable feat by an equally remarkable woman.', 100% Biker