A wheelbarrow full of surprises. That neatly sums up this collection of poetry , prose and imaginings.
That phrase comes from an A.A.Milne poem: Jonathan Jo has a mouth like an O and a wheelbarrow full of surprises, If you ask for a bat, or something like that, he has got it, whatever the size is.
This book is a bit like Jonathan Jo's wheelbarrow. There is whimsy, social comment, flights of fancy, silliness and some sad reflections, all wrapped into a bicycle theme. You will meet small boys, a happy couple, old men, heroes and bicycle parts given lives of their own. As the introduction says, you might laugh out loud, you might sob quietly. This collection will give you pause for thought and you will certainly be moved. Do I have a favourite? Yes, the 2 liners, but only because I can remember them! But then, on another day, Tiananmen Square, and Private Parr will resonate. There's something for every mood.
I read this book at a gallop, straight through to get a flavour of the contents. Then I went back several times, picking out one item or perhaps a couple, and let them sit with me. This way, the book will spark memories, since we all have a relationship with the bicycle. I will spare you mine.
by PETER MOORE