Reading Corner

Motorcycle Books and Blogs by British Females (in alphabetic order)

Elspeth Beard   

Elspeth is a motorcyclist and award-winning architect. She was one of the first British women to complete a solo motorcycle trip around the world.

    • [Book] Lone Rider
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent 

Antonia is a travel writer, broadcaster and public speaker with a particular love of wandering alone through remote regions

    • [Book] A short ride in the Jungle (The Ho-Chi Minh trail on a motorcycle)
    • [Book] Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains (exploring the remote north east of India)
Linda Bootherstone/ Linda Bick

Linda is English but is now a naturalised Australian and has ridden all over the world for over 50 years.

    • [Book] Where Angels Fear to Tread (adventures in Africa, Europe, America and Canada)
    • [Book] Three Wandering Poms (travels round Australia in the 1960s)
    • [Book] Into Africa with a Smile (travels through Africa in the 1970s)
    • [Book] Looking at Life (poems, songs, stories)


Cathy Birchall and Bernard Smith
    • [Book] Touching the World: A Blind Woman Two Wheels 25,000 miles


Zoë Cano

Writer, Adventurer, Photographer

    • [Book] Hellbent for Paradise
    • [Book] Bonneville Go or Bust
    • [Book] Southern Escapades on the roads less travelled
    • [Book] Chilli, Skulls & Tequila – notes from Baja California
Tiffany Coates
    • [Blog] Tiffany’s Travels – The worlds (and WIMA GB’s) foremost female motorcycle adventurer.
Maria Costello

Maria Costello is the most prominent British woman in motorcycle road racing and the only female motorcycle racer ever to be awarded an MBE.

    • [Book] Queen Of Bikers (Biography)

Polly Evans

    • [Book] Kiwis Might Fly – around New Zealand on two big wheels


Jacqui Furneaux 

Traveller. Motorcyclist. Writer. Speaker. Jacqui is a Bristol-based Royal Enfield adventure motorcyclist and author.

    • [Book] Hit the Road Jac!  (20 countries between 2000 and 2007 on a Royal Enfield)
Steph Jeavons 

Steph is the first Brit to ride a motorbike on all seven continents whilst circumnavigating the world. She did it all on a Honda CRF250L and her adventure took her to 54 countries over 4 years.

    • [Book] Home by Seven – One woman’s solo journey to ride all seven continents on two wheels


Helen Lloyd 

[Blog] Helen’s take on – Cycling, Motorbiking, Paddling, Horse-riding, Hiking, Van-life

    • [Book] Desert Snow (London to Cape Town 2009-11)
    • [Book] Iceland Serow Saga (big adventures on a small motorbike)
    • [Book] A Siberian Winter’s Tale (on a bicycle!)
Lois Pryce 

British author, journalist and a founder/ curator of the Adventure Travel Film Festival

    • [Book] Lois on the Loose (Alaska to Argentina on a Serow)
    • [Book] Red Tape and White Knuckles (London to Cape Town through minefields in Angola)
    • [Book] Revolutionary Ride (travels in Iran)


Peggy Iris Thomas
    • [Book] A Ride in the Sun (The story of a lady and her dog who travelled 14000 miles through Canada, The United States and Mexico on a 125cc BSA between 1950 and 1952)
Sheonagh Ravensdale and Pat Thomson
Theresa Wallach 

Theresa was heavily involved in the formation and running of the Women’s International Motorcycle Association. She served as WIMA’s first vice president and was active in the association until her death.

    • [Book] The Rugged Road (London to Cape Town 1934/5 – the first Sahara crossing on a motorcycle)


Other Motorcycle Books and Blogs definitely worth a mention

Michelle Lamphere 

Michelle is currently the National President of WIMA USA.

[Blog] Sturgischick

    • [Book] The Butterfly Route (two years on the road from South Dakota to Tierra del Fuego)
Sam Manicom
    • [Book] Into Africa
    • [Book] Under Asian Skies – Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, Asia and the Middle East
    • [Book] Distant Suns – Africa and South America
    • [Book] Tortillas to Totums – Mexico, the USA and Canada
Nathan Millward 
    • [Book] The Long Ride Home – Sydney to London on a Postie bike
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
    • [Book] The Perfect Vehicle – Sorts out the myths, rituals, and attractions of motorbiking, tracing the history of the vehicle and its riders–especially women–and recounting the author’s riding life.
Ted Simon 
    • [Book] Jupiter’s Travels – four year journey around the world in the 1970s