Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: Blood, Sweat and Tyres: The Autobiography by Si King and Dave Myers (The Hairy Bikers)

Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading. You can also share from a book you want to highlight just because it caught your fancy.

This week the book I’m highlighting is Blood, Sweat and Tyres The Autobiography by Si King and Dave Myers, who are The Hairy Bikers. I love their TV programmes and we own some of their cookbooks, so when my husband said how good this book is I thought I’ll have to read it too. It’s their autobiography. They tell their stories in alternating chapters.

The opening chapter is by Dave telling how he made a cheese-and-potato pie for tea when he was seven years old.

‘Mam can’t cook, she’s not very well. I’ve made your tea.’

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Page 56: (also one of Dave’s chapters)

Mr Eaton arranged lots of trips to art galleries in Manchester and Liverpool and, thanks to him, I became obsessed with the Pre-Raphaelites, which incidentally was my specialist subject when I went on Celebrity Mastermind a few years back.

Mr Eaton was Dave’s art teacher at school.

Description from Goodreads:

Si King and Dave Myers, AKA the Hairy Bikers have travelled an interesting road. Born in the north of England, both Si and Dave had their childhood challenges. For Si, being bullied as the fat kid in class was part of his daily school routine. For Dave, his life changed when he became a childhood carer for his mother. But through the challenges of their early years came a love of really good food.

And it was food that brought Si and Dave together. Their eyes met over a curry and a pint on the set of a Catherine Cookson drama, and they knew they would be firm and fast friends for life.

From deserts to desserts, potholes to pot roasts, the nation’s favourite cooking duo reveals what’s made their friendship such a special and lasting one. They’ve eaten their way around the world a good few times, but have never lost sight of what matters: great friends, great family and great food.

In this heartwarming memoir of friendship and hilarious misadventure, Si and Dave take you on the ride of their lives!

What do you think, does it appeal to you? What are you currently reading?

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