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Anna McNuff - Fifty Shades of the USA

Join Adventure Queen Anna McNuff as she shares tales of her 11,000-mile cycling adventure on her own, through each and every state of the USA.

"Just then, a train of thought rumbled into motion and a soft voice asked me a question. It was almost a whisper. ‘What are you doing here?’ it said. ‘You are building a career, Anna,’ came the reply from another more sinister voice. ‘But are you building a life?’ said the soft voice again. And for that I had no answer."

Disillusioned with corporate London life and with no previous experience as a long-distance cyclist, Anna decides to clamber atop a beautiful pink bicycle (named Boudica) and set out on an 11,000-mile journey on her own, through each and every state of the USA. Dodging floods, blizzards and electrical storms, she pedals side by side with mustangs of the Wild West, through towering redwood forests, past the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains and on to the volcanos of Hawaii.

Along the way, she meets record-breaking grandmas, sings with Al Green at a gospel service and does her best to avoid becoming a grizzly bear's dinner. 50 Shades of the USA is a down-to-earth, heartfelt and hilarious account of an adventure through a country well-known, but far less well-understood. It is a stunning tale of self-discovery told through the eyes of a woman who couldn’t help but wonder if there was more to life, and more to America too.

Readers reviews

"Anna is a beautifully descriptive and engaging writer. It is an absolute delight to read about her adventures, interactions with all of the characters she meets, and to marvel at her ability to "keep on keeping on". If you get a chance to read this book, lucky you."

"Anna's books feel like having a long overdue catch up with an old friend who has just returned from travelling. They're full of excitement and show that there is adventure to be found round every corner."
"At this time when we wonder so much about the direction in which the USA is going, Anna shows us through this book that it is ordinary people who make a country great - by opening their hearts and homes to an English stranger, whose presence in their midst enriches their lives too."



Anna McNuff Anna McNuff

​Anna is an endurance athlete, adventurer and mischief maker.

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