A boys' book for both men and women, a spot-on depiction of a typical male friendship, but written in a sensitive, subtle manner. Lead title with AFP of 30,000 copies International bestsellerover 200,000 copies sold in Europe Glowing reviews in the UK, including the Guardian. World Edition's UK bestseller! 1200 galleys, ABA White Box mailing Esp. for cycling aficionados. Target strong cycling communities in New York and California Authors visit in July 2020biking tour through NY for journalists and booksellers led by the author Perfect for Father's Day with high spikes in sales every year Tie-in promotions around Tour de France in July 2019 Author has over 50,000 followers on Twitter A stunningly accurate depiction of male friendship During the summer of 1982, six friendsfive boys and one girlclimb the legendary Mont Ventoux in Provence on their bicycles. A tragic accident claims the life of one of them. Thirty years later, the old friends return to conquer the mountain and the demons of their past. Especially recommended for cycling aficionados who will recognise Mont Ventoux as the scene of many classic races. `Funny, shrewd and moving, with a complex structure that never feels cumbersome, and a finale so intense that you want to read it very slowly, almost one word at a time.' -The Guardian Compared to Tim Krabbe's international bestseller "The Rider"