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Tuesday 23 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Festival of Brexit

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit

in conversation with Martin Rowson

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Wednesday 8 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Man Who Couldn't Stop

David Adam
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
and The Genius Within

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Thursday 6 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Bike Nation
Bike Nation is published in
paperback by Yellow Jersey Press
on 6 April 2017 at £12.99.

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Peter Walker
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Peter Walker
Bike Nation

How Cycling Can Save the World

Are helmets really worth all the bother? Is cycling the answer to Britain’s national health problems? Are cyclists really the danger on our roads – or is it time for drivers to give way?

In Bike Nation, Peter Walker take us on a journey around the world, exploring the varying attitudes to urban cycling. With unprecedented access to politicians and campaigners alike, he is a leading expert and a key voice in the national cycling conversation.

According to Transport for London, motorists entering central London during the morning peak in 2000 outnumbered cyclists by more than 11 to 1. By 2014, the ratio was 1.7 to 1. If these trends continue, the number of people commuting by bike will overtake the number commuting by car in 2019. And it’s not just London – councils in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds are all making multi-million pound investments in bike paths and cycling hubs. With all this in mind, it’s safe to say that cycling is one of the hottest topics on our highways.

In Bike Nation, Peter Walker explores the idea that helmets could actually be more of a hindrance than help to cyclists’ safety; that if better provisions were made for cyclists, we could improve gender equality on our roads; looking at respected medical studies, he illustrates how cycling just three times a week could revolutionise our national health. A healthier, safer and more egalitarian nation could be on the way – if we become a Bike Nation.

Peter Walker is a political correspondent for the Guardian. In 2009 he founded the Guardian Bike Blog, which has quickly become the primary destination for cucling debate. In 2014 he was named by BikeBiz magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in UK cycling, and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Specialist Writer category at the Cycling Media Awards.

“Peter Walker has written the book I wanted to write. It shold be compulsory reading for anyone in a decision-making role. This might be a sweeping statement but when you see the diverse and positive impact cycling could have on our lives – cyclist or not – you’ll understand.” – Chris Boardman.

“Stacked with stats and filled with stories, this book is as exhilarating as a clear stretch of highway. If we are at a turning pointfor cycling in big cities, this book is it.” – Jeremy Vine.

Forthcoming events


Wednesday 17 April at 7 pm
at Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Tuesday 23 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Wednesday 24 April at 7.45 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

Monday 29 April at 7 pm
at Stratford Circus

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

Wednesday 8 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Adam
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
and The Genius Within

Friday 10 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Wednesday 29 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Past events and news


Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

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Regeneration Songs

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
with Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
in conversation with Duncan Barrett

James Bloodworth
Hired
Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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