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OCAÑA

This is the story of Luis Ocaña, the champion cyclist whose entire career constantly veered between heroism and tragedy, always missing out the middle way. Born into abject poverty during Spain’s ‘years of hunger’ and brought up in France, throughout his adult life he suffered from the effects of his childhood malnutrition and the perpetual question of self-identity – the common lot of the exile – Spanish or French or neither one nor the other? Enigmatic and contradictory, Ocaña was driven by a fierce pride, and an all-or-nothing scorn for caution and careful calculation which made him one of the most dramatically exciting riders ever.

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A Corinthian Endeavour

Every year on the last weekend of October the death knell of the cycling season is sounded by the National Hill Climb Championship. It’s been won by luminaries like Brian Robinson, Chris Boardman and Malcolm Elliott, and yet the story of the championship is one of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, of amateur cyclists prevailing against the professionals. It’s a tale of obsession, pain and asceticism – the key elements in the fight against the insidious grasp of gravity.

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Wandering in Norfolk

Wandering in Norfolk

Beginning his wanderings through Norfolk, David Howe's feet take him not only from one place to another but also from one thought to another. He discovers unexpected, often delightful connections between the county's landscape and its history, its bedrock and buildings, the flinty character of its soils and the radical men and women it has nurtured - Boudica, Julian of Norwich, Robert Kett, Thomas Paine, Horatio Nelson, Amelia Opie, George Borrow, Edith Cavell and many others. Following the invisible threads that link people and places, Howe wanders and wonders his way through Norfolk's remote geological past, and like others who have walked Norfolk's many tracks and trails, he reflects on life's brevity and its beauty.

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