Simon Parker

Books

Riding Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and New Beginnings

The remarkable and inspirational true story of how one man battled grief and anxiety, one pedal stroke at a time, on a 3,500-mile adventure around Britain.

In March 2020, as Britain entered its first lockdown, Simon Parker’s life fell apart; his travel journalism career vanished overnight and shortly afterwards he received the tragic news that a close friend had died. With a long-suppressed anxiety disorder starting to rear its head, he turned to the only therapies he knew and trusted: travel and exercise.

Riding Out is a story of optimism and hope, and a ground-level portrait of Britain as it transforms from a country in crisis to a nation on the mend. From Shetland to the Scillies, Dover to Durness, Simon learns that life’s sharpest corners are best navigated at the gentle pace of a bicycle.

Levison Wood described the book as: ‘A truly inspiring journey that celebrates the healing power of adventure. A must-read.’ 

Alastair Humphreys called Riding Out: ‘A fine demonstration that adventure and transformation begins on your own doorstep.’ 

A Ride Across America: A 4,000 mile adventure through the small towns and big issues of the USA

A Ride Across America follows award-winning travel writer Simon Parker’s 10-week, 10mph journey, cycling 4,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. 

In the lead-up to the 2024 US Presidential Election – arguably the most divisive in the country’s history – Simon meets hundreds of ordinary Americans. The ‘Middle Americans’ often overlooked by the media. 

He has just one aim: to find the ‘real America’ in its small towns, rainforests, deserts, prairies and mountains. He talks to religious leaders, homeless people, teachers, librarians and cotton farmers. 

The Bookseller made it their July 2024 non-fiction Book of the Month, writing:

‘Parker is excellent company, the pace and perceived lunacy of his journey perfect for starting conversations. 

A Ride Across America Live: 2024 Tour Dates

September

4 London Stanfords. Tickets here.

5 Chipping Norton Theatre. Tickets here.

19 Coventry Albany Theatre. Tickets here.

20 Worcester Huntingdon Hall. Tickets here.

21 Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Tickets here.

26 Southampton The Attic. Tickets here.

27 Bath Rondo Theatre. Tickets here

28 Luton Library Theatre. Tickets here

October

4 Glasgow Eastwood Park Theatre. Tickets here.

8 Buxton Opera House. Tickets here.

10 Otley Courthouse. Tickets here.

11 Easingwold Galtres Centre. Tickets here.

12 Helmsley Arts Centre. Tickets here.

17 Stamford Arts Centre. Tickets here

18 Peterborough Key Theatre. Tickets here

19 Kings Lynn West Acre Theatre. Tickets here

23 Loughborough MMC Venue. Tickets here

25 Tunbridge Wells Trinity Theatre. Tickets here

28 Ivybridge Watermark. Tickets here

29 Ilfracombe Landmark Theatre. Tickets here

30 Taunton Brewhouse. Tickets here

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