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Summary

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne knows what it is like to live on the edge. The most successful rider in British Superbike history, he is the only person to have won the championship six times. Shakey is a living motorbike legend, with legions of fans across the country.

For the first time Shakey tells his life story, from being abandoned as a newborn baby in a London hospital, to multiple brushes with the law and working night shifts on the London Underground to fund his early racing career. Whether it was on his BMX or joyriding through Kent, the only thing Shakey ever wanted to do was race motorbikes.

Once he had got his break, Shakey quickly developed a reputation as one of the most exciting riders of his generation, and the thrill of every victory, every chicane and every overtake, as well as the hospital visits and painstaking recovery, is relived in heart-pumping detail.

Unshakeable is an incredible story of winning and risk-taking, of horrendous crashes in which he nearly lost his life, of Ducatis and monster motorhomes, and of hard-fought glory in one of the most exciting and dangerous sports on the planet. Told with breathless exhilaration, Shakey’s story is one of inspiration, break-neck speed and a life lived truly on, and over, the limit. 

©2020 Shane Byrne (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic reviews

"Shane’s achievements over the years have proved he is the complete racer and undoubtedly a world class rider. A true inspiration for our youngsters in the sport." (Niall Mackenzie, three times British Superbike Champion)

"You don’t get to be six-time British Superbike Champion without having talent and desire." (Wayne Rainey, three-time 500CC world champion)

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Excellent Listen.

I thought this was an excellent insight into the life and (dangerous) times of a Champion Motorcycle Racer. I only discovered Motorcycle Racing in the last 10 years and it is a fantastic sport and thoroughly nail-biting. I think Shakey has incapsulated that in his narration. I thoroughly recommend this audio book to anyone who has the slightest interest in the sport. And I have an autographed copy of the hardback too!

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Outstanding

A great man & a humbling account of grit & determination to succeed as well as putting his family first. Glad he is still around to tell his story.

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An amazing book

I spotted Shakey as a Privateer many moons ago and was excited about this book. I experienced chuckles and the odd tear as Shane read it from the heart. Wonderful!

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Great listen

Brilliant to listen to Shakey in his own words.
Funny moments and some fascinating insights into the world of motorcycle racing.

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What a life

A fantastic story of shakey’s life, career and what really matters to him. It’s an excellent insight into what makes a racer of his class tick. Recommend for anyone has an interest in bikes or racing.

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Fantastic insight. A must for any fan.

As a long-standing fan of motorcycle racing and remembering the stages of Shane's career progression, it was great to hear what went on behind the title-wining performances and formation of a BSB legend, but also find out more about the man behind the visor. Would wholeheartedly recommend this as a listen. Having the man himself narrating the book made it more authentic and even more enjoyable. Plus the section where we heard the story from his wife's point of view was an added bonus. A career and book to be proud of. Hope that there is second instalment at some point!

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Fantastic!

Excellent for racing fans and bike fans an all round goof listen, A 1.

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Unshakeable

Thoroughly enjoyed the story......so far.

I look forward to Shane's/Shakey's next chapter in life's tapestry.

I would highly recommend it to all irrespective of whether or not you are a motorcycle rider, have an interest in motorcycles and/or motorcycle racing.

There is humour, tender/emotional moments and it truly shows what anyone can achieve with a dream that becomes reality through determination, motivation and dedication.

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Great book, a huge eye opener to Shakey and the world of motorcycle racing, a look behind the curtain of their world.

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well written..I could feel his pain and the joy

having had similar bike injuries myself I listend through gritted teeth. what a way to virtuly end ones career . feel your pain mate.