Gear up for innovation with 'A Starley Story'.

Young readers will discover not just one, but two inspiring stories of Coventry’s cycling past in a new book by local author, Aaron Ashmore.

‘A Starley Story’ delves into the extraordinary lives of James Starley and his nephew John Kemp, two pioneers who played a pivotal role in shaping the world of bicycles.

The book is the eighth in Aaron’s range of Coventry books and follows previous books which include ‘Lady Godiva’s Birthday Suit’, ‘Coventry; The Phoenix City’ and ‘The Time Travelling Coventry Taxi’.

Aaron said: “I was captivated by the incredible impact the Starley family had on the bicycle industry, and I knew their story needed to be shared with young readers.

“The Starleys' inventions revolutionised transportation and brought joy to countless people. I hope this book sparks curiosity and encourages young minds to explore the wonders of history and the limitless possibilities of their own imaginations."

The book is illustrated by Coventry artist, Graham Slingsby who brings the Starley’s stories to life. Graham's illustrations will transport young readers to the streets of Coventry, where they can witness the Starleys' inventions and accomplishments, and experience the wonders of the bicycle industry firsthand.

As with all Etch & Pin books, 1,000 copies of the book will be heading to Coventry schools free of charge and takes the total that Aaron has donated to schools to 8,000 books to date.

Schools from across the city are using Aaron’s books as a learning resource and Aaron’s’ Coventry book series is proving to be a valuable educational resource, empowering students to discover the history of the city.

Zoe Pollard, headteacher at Howes Primary School said: "We use Aaron’s books as a stimulus to support the children’s learning about Coventry. It was aspirational for the children to see and speak to Aaron about his books and about Coventry when he recently visited the school.

“After reading the books, the children continued to learn about Coventry and we have embedded the books into our curriculum and think it’s a wonderful way to promote the city we live in.”

‘A Starley Story’ is available for purchase on the Etch & Pin website ( and select retailers across Coventry including The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.