Frank Melling

Well-known motorcycling journalist Frank Melling will be signing copies of his new book “A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest” in Nantwich this month.

Melling will be at WHSmiths in Bridgemere Garden Centre on Saturday December 19 and Sunday December 20, 10am to 2pm.

But he says his new book is far more than a story about motorcycling and journalism.

Instead, it recounts the journey of a 16-year-old who left his council house to become a shelf painter – and then went on to be one of the most prolific motorcycling journalists of his generation with over 1,200 articles and 13 books.

Front Cover PR, Frank Melling bookThis true story could almost be a fictional novel because it is an epic tale of overcoming adversity, avoiding death on many occasions, huge efforts – and a lot of success.

On the way, Frank Melling was fortunate to enjoy a good night’s sleep in a brothel; learn about the dangers of asking for breakfast on his first day at the Isle of Man TT races; discover the delights of skiing on a motorcycle; and appreciate the benefits of not listening to paramedics discussing his imminent death.

Every page is filled with warmth, humour and unique stories which are a wonderful window on growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.

The voyage Frank takes you on during “A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest” is unique but one always driven by passion, determination and boundless optimism.

Click here for excerpts from the book

(pictures courtesy of Collie Press)

18 year old Frank Melling

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