What the Reviewers Say

“It’s about motorcycles. It’s about growing up in England’s industrial North West, where I also started. It’s about the joy of reading. It’s about becoming a successful freelance journalist, a trade I’m still learning. And perhaps most importantly, it’s about becoming a successful human being. Frank writes ‘I am always looking to the next day – not worrying about the past, which can’t be fixed no matter how hard you try.’

“In fact, it is essential that you buy this book, because Frank says he won’t publish the next one until these are all sold. And I need to read the rest of the story!”

Highway Lass – Transport of Delight Blog


“Autobiographies are usually clouded by false humility, massive egos, and the natural inability to see ourselves as others do. What results is rarely more trustworthy than a ghost-writer’s fantasy.”

“A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest is different. Frank suffers from none of these conditions and this inspirational meander through the life of an ordinary man proves that he is anything but ordinary.”

“Adversity, sackings, hard work, determination, love, success, and the ability to cheat death all play their part – all under the umbrella of Fate – and leave you convinced of two things above all else: Penguins are categorically superior to sparrows and that life is very much what you choose to make it.”

Richard Newland – Deputy Editor Motorcycle News


“A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest ” is the fascinating story of Frank’s early life. It is warm funny and informative – and told by a master story teller. I could not put it down.”

Jim Redman MBE – Six Times World Champion


“I’ve known Frank for a very long time and learnt long ago never to be surprised by what he took on, but he caught me on the back foot with this book. It’s brilliant!”

Malc Wheeler – Editor Classic Racer


“A funny and observant personal account of what a man can learn, and do, in his life in such an easy and enjoyable read. Every page is packed with fascinating stories.”

Sammy Miller MBE – European Champion


“Frank’s enthusiasm for motorcycles is unshakeable. Reading “A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest” I see why he is like he is… read it yourself.”

Tim Britton – Editor Classic Dirt Bike


“Once you have picked up ‘A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest’ you will not want to put it down.

Frank has interviewed, worked with, written about, and raced with many of the world’s top motorcycling stars both on and off road, as well as having ridden and written about some of the world’s most exotic machines.

The ups and downs of growing up, motorcycling, and freelance journalism, are all well documented here in Frank’s own inimitable, amusing, and informative style.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.”

Les Trotter – North-West Evening Mail


“With Frank Melling’s love for motorcycles spread like butter through the pages, this utterly absorbing autobiography proves beyond doubt that self-belief and single-mindedness is far more important than where you come from in establishing where you get to in life.”

Pete Kelly – Editor Old Bike Mart


“A captivating, and quite often hilarious, journey through the life of a guy who simply loves all things motorcycles.

There are parts of this book that I shall visit again and again…”

David England – Mortons Media Group


“At its core, ‘A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest’ tells an entertaining tale of an unconventional young man’s motorcycling life.”

“Melling’s memories in this book span the period from the 1960s through the 70s, so they encapsulate the end of the British bike industry. The behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the dying days at BSA-Triumph are fascinating.”

“The book is pure nostalgia for those who rode in the 1960s and 70s – and an eye-opening revelation for anyone who’s taken to two wheels in more recent years.”

Rowena Hoseason – Editor RealClassic