A London courier with a taste for adventure, Emily Chappell entered an extraordinary new race – The Transcontinental – in which riders must find their own way, entirely unassisted, across Europe in the shortest time possible. On her second attempt, she won the women’s event, covering nearly 4,000 miles in 13 days and ten hours, sleeping in short bursts wherever exhaustion took her. We experience the crippling self-doubt of the ultra distance racer, the confusing intensity of winning and the desperation of losing a dear friend who understood all of this.
Where There’s a Will is a book about a normal person finding the capacity to do something extraordinary; the paradoxes of comradeship, competition, vulnerability and the shock of grief, combined in a beautifully written and very human story.
For Emily’s first memoir, What Goes Around:
“Chappell is a marvellous writer, and the book reads rather like a bike ride with its succession of turns and unexpected discoveries … The joy of cycling is at its heart, however; if any book could make you consider chucking in your desk job and throwing on some Lycra, this could be it.” DIVA
“This memoir of a cycle courier and her love affair with the capital delivers the goods in style…Chappell is a gifted storyteller.” Robert Penn, Observer