Books: What we’re reading
THE CASUAL CYCLIST’S GUIDE TO MELBOURNE
By Matthew Hurst
($19.95, Hardie Grant)
Whether you’re a commuter, pro or visiting cyclist, this quirky book offers Melbourne pedal-pushers helpful advice on where to go and how to get there. Beginning with the history of cycling in the city, it goes on to reveal tips and tricks such as the art of riding a bike in a frock. There are many scenic rides to try, incorporating pubs, parks, and progressive Italian feasts. Maps included.

BUILDING PARADISE
By David Macfarlane
($24.95, Wakefield Press)
Following 14 years of bureaucratic battles, this true story relates the author’s quest to build an eco-friendly lodge for travellers in the pristine but threatened wilderness of Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands. Detailing the environmental issues, moral dilemmas and characters he met along the way (including a resident kangaroo), it gives an insight into what it takes to fulfil big dreams.

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