#BlogTour: A Spoke in the Wheel by Kathleen Jowitt @KathleenJowitt #ASpokeintheWheel

A Spoke in the Wheel was published independently and is available now. You can find out more here.

The first thing I saw was the wheelchair.

The first thing she saw was the doper.

Ben Goddard is an embarrassment – as a cyclist, as an athlete, as a human being. And he knows it.
Now that he’s been exposed by a positive drugs test, his race wins and his work with disabled children mean nothing. He quits professional cycling in a hurry, sticks a pin in a map, and sets out to build a new life in a town where nobody knows who he is or what he’s done.
But when the first person he meets turns out to be a cycling fan, he finds out that it’s not going to be quite as easy as that.
Besides, Polly’s not just a cycling fan, she’s a former medical student with a chronic illness and strong opinions. Particularly when it comes to Ben Goddard…

My Thoughts:

A Spoke in the Wheel is the second novel by author Kathleen Jowitt. I don't particularly have much interest in cycling but something about the blurb for this one drew me in and I am so glad that it did. I read this book in a couple of sittings, it was addictive and written excellently.

This books centres on three characters. We have disgraced ex cyclist Ben, disabled Polly and Vicki who works hard and is the staple in the trio. The characters are underpinned by cycling.

I really enjoyed the fact that the story is told from Ben's perspective, having been disgraced he was hoping to fade in to the background but life is never as easy as that. I loved the fact that this story is mainly about the characters, I felt invested as a reader and couldn't wait to reach the conclusion which I was happy with. 

The writing here is engaging and enjoyable. The story is warm and I found the characters likeable and endearing. I am so pleased that I read this entertaining and addictive novel. I enjoyed going on the journey with all of the characters. 

About the Author:
Kathleen Jowitt was born in Winchester, UK, and grew up deep in the Welsh Marches and, subsequently, on the Isle of Wight. After completing her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Exeter she moved to Guildford and found herself working for a major trade union. She now lives in Cambridge, works in London, and writes on the train.
Her first novel, Speak Its Name, was the first self-published book ever to be shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize.

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