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.

A Raindrop in the Bookseller
Another week, another Eye Books title flagged up in The Bookseller as one to watch out for in May. This time it's A Raindrop In The Ocean, Michael Dobbs-Higginson's account of his extraordinary life as a global adventurer. Having lived the life that Walter Mitty dreamed of living, he tells his tales of drug-smuggling, bed-hopping and buccaneering business deals with a raconteur’s panache, while expounding a religious philosophy honed over thousands of years in the East. We're very proud to publish it on 7 May.
The Bookseller tips Hopkins
We're delighted that The Hopkins Conundrum, Simon Edge's tragic comedy about Gerard Manley Hopkins and the nuns who inspired his poem The Wreck of the Deutschland, has been named as one of The Bookseller's literary novels to watch out for in May.
John Hurt on All Will Be Well
John Hurt was gracious enough to read and endorse one of our books. He described Michael Meegan's All Will Be Well as "powerful, disturbing and beautiful", adjectives which could be applied to much of his own work. RIP.
Notes from the French Countryside
Heron hunting with a clumsy collie
Close encounters of the prescient kind
Setting a political novel in the near future can be like trying to photograph a basketball game with a Box brownie, says Brexit novelist Douglas Board. What you need is a worthwhile view on what is going on deep down.
The Gambia crisis
Simon Fenton's adopted home in Senegal is just across the river from troubled Gambia. He explains how it all looks from the Little Baobab
The vanguard of Brexit fiction
Douglas Board will be among the first novelists to tackle the EU referendum and its wider implications, writes Danuta Kean in The Guardian
Happy and nice new year
Christine Palmer discovers opportunities to recognise and impart niceness at the most fraught time of year
Frugality and clarity
Revisiting the Camino Trail in wintertime
2016: A bad year and yet there is hope
Michael Meegan offers a response to the questions: "Are you joining the movement to abolish 2016? Or has it been a good year for you?
3 reasons to walk the Santiago de Compostela trail
Self-discovery, health and fitting into that silk Bellino top again
So how was 2016 for you?
We asked some of our authors the question that has been trending across social media: should 2016 be abolished? Andrew Samuelson of Eye Books summarises their comments

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