Publication Date: 14/01/2016 ISBN: 9781910050767 Category:

Messengers

Julian Sayarer

Publisher: Arcadia Books
Publication Date: 14/01/2016 ISBN: 9781910050767 Category:
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AUTHOR OF INTERSTATE, STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

“Julian’s tales of weaving through the streets of London on two wheels bring to life the gig economy, showing how things have changed in the modern workforce but have also stayed the same. Messengers gives the reader insights on what goes on behind the grand lobbies of the UK’s banks and large companies, to see the people who really make business work” Financial Times

Messengers sees Julian Sayarer return to work as a London bicycle courier, after six months cycling around the world. From saddle and kerbside, his stories of delivering flowers to politicians, and administration notices to banks toppled by the financial crisis, make for a social history of a less seen city, written from the perspective of someone stuck in one of London’s most insecure and poorly paid jobs.

Underneath the deliveries, we meet London’s bicycle messengers, a family drawn from jaded graduates, jailbirds and recovering drug addicts. The riders all share their brushes with the law, struggles on the breadline and compete together in alleycat races, forming an unlikely but tender community upon the streets.

With a bicycle the one constant that seems to make sense of everything else, Messengers is a two-wheeled portrait of everyday life in a modern city at the start of the twenty-first century.

Publisher Review

'A biography of London in 2016? A social commentary, with bicycles? An insight into a subculture most of us don t even see? Messengers is all of this and so much more.' * World Travel Guide, Top 10 Holiday Reads * 'The early part of Messengers reads as globalisation's revenge on the cycling-Sisyphus who thought the symbol could start a revolution that went beyond his two wheels, revolving over and over again until they'd covered 18,000 miles.' * Open Democracy * 'Highly accomplished...compelling...absorbing' * New Statesman * 'Julian's tales of weaving through the streets of London on two wheels bring to life the gig economy, showing how things have changed in the modern workforce but have also stayed the same. Messengers gives the reader insights on what goes on behind the grand lobbies of the UK's banks and large companies, to see the people who really make business work.' * Financial Times * 'Julian's tales of weaving through the streets of London on two wheels bring to life the gig economy, showing how things have changed in the modern workforce but have also stayed the same. Messengers gives the reader insights on what goes on behind the grand lobbies of the UK's banks and large companies, to see the people who really make business work.' * Financial Times *

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