Charles Pope

Charles James Pope was born in 1879 in Hammersmith, London, and was part of the generation of cyclists who cycled in a golden era, the time of pioneer cycling writer Wayfarer and of the Cycle Club.
His diaries cover the 1920s and 1930s and beautifully describe the adventures of the brothers' annual holidays and short breaks - each spent cycling from one destination to the next whilst stopping at various established cycling watering holes for a glass or two of bass.

The cycling diaries of Charles Pope have been rediscovered by 'diaries detective' and antiques dealer Shaun Sewell. Shaun's previous finds include what became the publishing success stories Tommy's War, being the illustrated Great War journals of a Glaswegian shipping clerk (HarperPress), and its companion volume Tommy's Peace (Mainstream); the Sunday Times bestselling The Real Dad's Army Diaries of Col. Rodney Foster (Viking); and the recent Three Men and a Bradshaw: An Original Victorian Travel Journal by John George Freeman (Random House Books).