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Anquetil, Alone by Paul Fournel is shortlisted for the Sports Book Awards 2018 for Biography of the Year and Cycling Book of the Year

'The body is itself a flowing stream, or burning fire: no two of its moments are ever the same.'

The sun has half our office back on their bikes - are you? Read the preface to Colin O'Brien's Giro d'Italia to get in the cycling mood.


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Founder of The Velominati & co-author of The Hardmen Frank Strack tells us about some of the toughest cyclists of all time.

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As part of the bicentenary celebrations of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Professor Sampson, author of the critically acclaimed In Search of Mary Shelley, explores Romantic ideas of selfhood, modernity and biography through Mary Shelley's own life and work, revealing how these helped the teenager create Frankenstein.
Following a year of radical protest and change for women in creative industries, Sarah Perry (author of The Essex Serpent, Waterstones Book of the Year 2016) is joined by Fiona Sampson (author of In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein) and Peggy Hughes (Programme Director, Writers' Centre Norwich), for a celebration of women and writing which focuses on three important anniversaries: 80 years of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, the 100th birthday of Muriel Spark, and the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This event will be chaired by Caroline O'Donoghue.
The diplomat and historian examines the current state and historical context of UK-Russia relations. From 1988 to 1992 Braithwaite was ambassador in Moscow, first of all to the Soviet Union and then to the Russian Federation. Subsequently he was the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. His books include Moscow 1941, Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan and Armageddon and Paranoia. Chaired by Nik Gowing.