The Hardmen

Legends of the Cycling Gods

Author: The Velominati,Frank Strack,Brett Kennedy,John 'Gianni' Andrews

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 178283236X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 173

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It's time we all stopped whining and learned a thing or two from The Toughest Cyclists Ever. Including: Stephen Roche, whose cure for exhaustion was to go up a gear and fight harder, all the way to the ambulance. Eddy Merckx, who hurt himself so badly in breaking the Hour record that, he estimated, he shortened his career by a year. Beryl Burton, who crushed her (male) rival's morale with the offer of a piece of liquorice, before speeding past to victory. Nicole Cooke and Edwig Van Hooydonck, who rejected dope and became legends. The Hardmen tells the stories - the good bits, anyway - of the 40 most heroic Cyclists ever. Their bravery, their panache and their Perfect Amount of Dumb. It reminds us that suffering on a bike liberates us from our daily lives, and that, in the words of Lance Armstrong "pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever"; proof that even assholes can be insightful.
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Gone

A riveting, mind-twisting thriller that's always one step ahead of you (Dr Bloom)

Author: Leona Deakin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473561051

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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WOMAN & HOME'S BEST THRILLER OF 2019 'If you like a proper, twisty nerve-wracking thriller, here's one for you!' Emma Curtis, author of One Little Mistake Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read: YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME. DARE TO PLAY? The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all. And that something makes them very dangerous indeed. As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people. But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear? WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GONE: 'Sensational' ***** 'I will say phenomenal. Although that doesn't cover how good this book is' ***** 'Complete mind-twisting and gripping suspense' ***** 'I raced through it desperate to get to the end while not wanting it to end' ***** 'What a riveting psychological thriller' ***** 'It is dark, riveting, twisty and cruel' ***** 'Wow . . . this book was fabulous' ***** 'Belter of a psychological thriller' ***** 'Please write another novel soon, I need the adrenaline rush' ***** DR BLOOM IS BACK IN LOST, THE SENSATIONAL FOLLOW UP TO GONE - AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW
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Anquetil, Alone

The legend of the controversial Tour de France champion

Author: Paul Fournel

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 178283298X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 67

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Shortlisted for the Sports Book Awards 2018 for Biography of the Year and Cycling Book of the Year There are things he does alone, and things that he alone does. Jacques Anquetil was a cyclist with an aristocratic demeanor and a relaxed attitude to rules and morals. His womanising and frank admissions of doping appalled 1960s French society, even as his five Tour de France wins enthralled it. Paul Fournel was besotted with him from the start ("Too young to understand, I was nevertheless old enough to admire") and followed Anquetil's career with the passion of a fan and the eye of a poet. In this stunningly original biography of a complex and divisive character, Fournel - author of the seminal Vlo (or Need for the Bike)- blends the story of Anquetil's life with scenes from his own, to create a classic of cycling literature.
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Giro d'Italia

The Story of the World's Most Beautiful Bike Race

Author: Colin O'Brien

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782832904

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 167

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The story of the Giro d'Italia - Italy's equivalent of the Tour de France, and its superior in the eyes of many - is as dramatic and full of extraordinary characters as the story of Italy itself. Heroism, suffering, feuds and betrayals, tradition under threat from modernity all play out against a timeless landscape. The iconic riders, mythical stories and career defining exploits are conveyed in rich, vibrant prose.
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The Legend of Charlemagne in Medieval England

The Matter of France in Middle English and Anglo-Norman Literature

Author: Phillipa Hardman,Marianne Ailes

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1843844729

Category: Anglo-Norman literature

Page: 471

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The Matter of France, the legendary history of Charlemagne, had a central but now largely unrecognised place in the multilingual culture of medieval England. From the early claim in the Chanson de Roland that Charlemagne held England as his personal domain, to the later proliferation of Middle English romances of Charlemagne, the materials are woven into the insular political and cultural imagination. However, unlike the wide range of continental French romances, the insular tradition concentrates on stories of a few heroic characters: Roland, Fierabras, Otinel. Why did writers and audiences in England turn again and again to these narratives, rewriting and reinterpreting them for more than two hundred years? This book offers the first full-length, in-depth study of the tradition as manifested in literature and culture. It investigates the currency and impact of the Matter of France with equal attention to English and French-language texts, setting each individual manuscript or early printed text in its contemporary cultural and political context. The narratives are revealed to be extraordinarily adaptable, using the iconic opposition between Carolingian and Saracen heroes to reflect concerns with national politics, religious identity, the future of Christendom, chivalry and ethics, and monarchy and treason. Phillipa Hardman is Reader in Medieval English Literature (retired) at the University of Reading; Marianne Ailes is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Bristol.
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