LEIGH FORBES: Books of all Sorts

Land of Second Chances: the Impossible Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team

by Tim Lewis.

Land of Second Chances weaves a wonderful path between cycling and Rwanda, managing to concentrate on both and show how intertwined they are.

Although there is inevitably some detail about the genocide, there is much more about how the country has rebuilt itself, how the people have forged ahead with unification, and how cycling has helped these processes. I learned so much about a country I knew little of, and I’m glad I’ve learned so many new and positive things about it.

The narrative went off on a bit of a tangent towards the end, but otherwise I found this book compelling reading, and would recommend it for anyone who interested in cycling, Africa, or the potential for societal healing. An inspiration.


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