For his newspaper, he named a top ten list of cycling novels. One title on the list:
The Third Policeman by Flann O'BrienRead about the other novels on Fotheringham's list.
Magical realist detective story by one of Ireland's greats, featuring a pair of bike-mad policemen, celebrated for the "atomic theory" according to which bike nuts become half-man, half bike and the machines develop human characteristics. "You can tell a man with a lot of bike in his veins by his walk," writes O'Brien. Some may question whether this is fiction.
Flann O'Brien is on Max McGuinness' list of four unjustly overlooked Irish writers.
Also see Matt Seaton's top 10 books about cycling.