We are in the book industry because we love stories, we love storytellers, we love the opportunity to consider our own experiences through the lens of someone else’s. Our weekly blog, therefore, often takes an issue arising from any one of our books, and offers a new angle on it. We would love for this to become the source of debate among the Lightning/Eye community…

Crapper Cycle Lanes

While many high profile politicians pay lip service to improving the lot of Britain’s cyclists, those of us who actually ride are painfully aware – sometimes literally – of the shortcomings of many of our cycle routes.

Despite the success of Crap Cycle Lanes, the stocking filling little book that Eye Books published in association with WCC in 2007, there appear to be more, not fewer examples of myopic town planning. Sometimes hilarious, other times downright dangerous!

It is with these dual objectives that we are in the process of producing Book 2, imaginatively called Crapper Cycle Lanes: to entertain and to raise awareness of the inconveniences and dangers that are caused by thoughtless planners who wouldn’t know their spoke nipple from their bottom bracket.

We would like to extend you the offer of contributing to what we hope will be a widely publicised and appreciated book.

If you have any high-res photos of particularly awful cycle lanes, or for that matter any stories to tell, please send them to us and we will consider them for inclusion in the book.

Please note in advance:

By sending the photo, you are giving us (the publisher) permission to use the photo and the content you send for inclusion in our forthcoming book – Crapper Cycle Lanes, and indeed for promotional purposes. We will let all contributors know prior to going to press.

The Drover’s Wife – the original story and some wacky retellings
In his new novel The Drover’s Wives, Ryan O’Neill retells a classic Australian short story in 101 ways. Here is a link to Henry Lawson’s original – plus a taste of Ryan’s versions
Lightning Books acquires sequel to UK’s #1 Kindle bestseller
Hard on the heels of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, Lightning will publish the paperback sequel by bestselling romantic comedy writer Nicola May
Lightning signs prize-winning New Zealand writer
Lightning Books has acquired an acclaimed Māori historical novel by prize-winning author Tina Makereti
Judging a book by its cover: Q&A with our lead designer Ifan Bates
We’re often complimented on our covers, and most of them are by Ifan Bates. Here we talk to him about his working practice, his proudest covers and the jobs from hell
Lightning signs self-publishing superstar
In January, Nicola May’s The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the no 1 bestselling Kindle book in the UK
Ash Dykes reaches Yangtze expedition halfway point
After encounters with bears and wolves and enduring sub-zero temperatures, the young North Welsh explorer has completed the first 2,000 miles of his world-first attempt
Award-winning novelist Ray Robinson signs up with Lightning Books
Expanding on an award-winning short film starring Peter Mullan, The Mating Habits of Stags reveals afresh Robinson's lyrical prose and mastery of character
Lightning Books to reissue Ryan O'Neill’s debut
Lightning signs third deal in less than a year with the prize-winning Scottish author based in Australia
Lightning Books signs New Zealand’s bestselling author
The Beat of the Pendulum starts out as seemingly disparate daily entries but gradually reveals itself to be a story about family, memory and the passage of time
Lightning Books unveils dystopian debut novel for early 2019
Wolf Country takes place in 2050, in a Britain where monthly spending determines social status and ageing is a thing of the past
Would you trust a robot doctor?
In the Daily Telegraph, Jake Kerridge admires Abi Silver's mystery about the dangers of rushing to embrace new tech
Hell and back
Novelist Simon Edge, author of the new atheist comedy The Hurtle of Hell, did a Q&A with his local glossy, Bury & West Suffolk magazine, about his writing and his future projects

Coming soon…

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