David Charles the Writer
I studied Middle Eastern history for five years before realising I was really only interested in the story bit. My stories have since been read by many thousands of intelligent and discerning humans. After getting tear-gassed in Tunis, my write-up was re-posted on the Guardian Comment Is Free, where one sharp commentator described me as ‘radical chic’. Nailed. You can find more bylines and other media mentions on my portfolio page.
As well as this blog of 400+ articles, I have written a number of books. Some of these I have published, and most are available as ebooks under my pay what you want policy, which means there is no excuse for not downloading a bit of what you fancy.
For romantic travel buffs: The Soles of My Shoes, hitch-hiking London to Ben Nevis with a girl I hardly knew.
For practical travel buffs: How to Cycle 4,000 Miles When You HATE Lycra, tips for beginners on cycle touring.
For Psychology/Self-Help experimental types (forthcoming): You Are What You Don’t, adventures in positive constraints, from No Walking to No Money.
For speech and self-recording obsessives: Soliloquy, a transcript of the entirety of one day’s speech.
David Charles the Touring Cyclist
I have been cycling almost non-stop since picking up my dad’s old Apollo bike to commute to work in the winter of 2008. In spring 2009, frustrated with airline cancellations, I cycled a childhood friend’s ancient Halfords bike to where he now lived, in Bordeaux. That was the start of my touring career.
In 2011, I cycled 4,110 miles around Britain, a journey that inspired the title of my book How to Cycle 4,000 Miles When You HATE Lycra. A year later, I cycled through France, ferried across the Mediterranean and then circumnavigated Tunisia, as it rebalanced after the Arab Spring revolution.
Since these consecutive mega-tours, I have clocked up thousands of miles around London and have taken many day and night trips, including the famous 2015 Calais Critical Mass. Starting in 2016, I have had the pleasure of joining a monthly ride to the coast with fellow round Britain cyclist Anna Hughes. Seacycles is a friendly group ride with the sole ambition of leaving London for the sea – join us!