Everything Passes, Everything Remains
Freewheelin' Through Spain, Song and Memory
by Chris Dolan
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How would any of us feel if we could meet our teenage selves, a ghost on the road?
Everything Passes, Everything Remains is a confluence of journeys, made by Chris Dolan, his friends, and writers before him. It’s a bit about cycling, a bit about walking, and a bit about buses. It’s a kind of travelogue, over time, and through some lesser-known parts of Spain.
It’s an obsession with Spain’s writers and its history, from the Inquisition to the Civil War to the questions it faces as a country today. What makes a nation, or a family for that matter, or a group of friends? In many ways it’s as much about Dolan’s native Scotland as Spain.
But mostly, it’s about the highs and lows of growing up and growing older – how the past plays merry hell with the present. About friendship, loss, music, memory, and the demons that follow us as we try to make sense of our history and our place in the world.
REVIEWS OF Everything Passes, Everything Remains
“Wonderfully life-affirming … features close observation of landscape … reflections on friendship and memory, history, politics and the messy, painful, joyful business of being human.” Jamie Jauncey
‘You can be gallus enough to busk across Spain but your demons and weaknesses still come with you … Chris Dolan celebrates the power of cycling to link his friendships, music and the Iberian ways of life.’ Alan Brown
‘Brilliantly relatable, a personal journey shared candidly.’ Mark Beaumont
‘Proof of the healing power of friendship … thoughtful, hopeful and beautifully written.’ Colin Blane
‘A treat from start to finish … To those who love life, read this book.’ David Hayman
‘... a rich, evocative ramble through Spain, history and memory. It’s a constant delight.’ Graeme Macrae Burnet
‘Magical. A story for our times and what it is to be alive now.’ Elaine C Smith