Hailed as “the sports book of the year,” Land of Second Chances is the inspiring true story of four men who found a new hope for Rwanda. Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, Tom Ritchey, Jonathan Boyer, and Paul Kagame. In a land clamoring for heroes, they confront impossible odds as they struggle to put an upstart cycling team on the map—and find redemption in the eyes of the world. Land of Second Chances is an inspirational story of hope and victory for Africa.
Though Rwanda is a tiny, landlocked country dropped like a pebble on the equator, it is a lush and beautiful land fertile with hope and searching for a new identity. So when its best young bike racer, Adrien Niyonshuti, becomes obsessed with earning a slot to compete in the London Olympic Games, all eyes turn to him. Supporting Adrien is his coach, Jonathan Boyer, the first American to race in the Tour de France.
Also present: Tom Ritchey, an inventor of the mountain bike who comes to Rwanda with money and a vision to help coffee farmers raise their standard of living with a new breed of bike. And there is Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, a man piecing together an egalitarian future for his country but who is all too susceptible to the corruption of power.
Land of Second Chances is the incredible true story of struggle, hope, and the life-giving promise of redemption through the unifying power of sport.
“Lewis is a reporter of rare skill and he writes with wit and verve. Land of Second Chances is by turns horrifying, moving and unexpectedly funny. It’s also the sports book of the year by a backcountry mile.” — Esquire UK
“Land of Second Chances is a tale that quite brilliantly portrays the power of sport to effect change. Superb, a must-read.” — Huffington Post
“Tim Lewis’s fascinating story of Rwandan cycling isn’t a typical rags to riches, triumph against adversity tale. . . . This is also a story about the potential of African cycling and its undoubted capacity to change lives.” — The Guardian
“Not just a book about what has happened in the past, it’s a book about what is just around the corner for cycling. A fantastic read.” — Podium Café
6″ x 9″, 256 pp., $24.95, 9781937715205
Hardcover with jacket. Color photosection.