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by Rob Starr
This is one of the toughest physical and mental challenges known to man. As well as the tides, the weather and the temperature of the Channel , swimmers have to cope with this being the busiest shipping lane in the world.
It is said that 80% of the challenge is mental ability and 20% physical. For Rob, the challenge was compounded by the fact that he was suffering from rheumatism, osteoporosis and Crohn's disease, which stopped him putting on the weight he needed to survive the crossing. Would he ever be fit or fast enough to meet this massive challenge?
The point of it was to raise money for the Edward Starr Charitable Trust, the charity he had set up in memory of his beloved father to help children smile.
Frank, funny and inspirational, Rob's diary account of what it really takes to swim the English Channel is a real eye-opener.
by Harriet Pugh Tuckey
How a Champion of Science Helped to Conquer the Mountain
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by Bradley Wiggins
The first British cyclist to win the Tour de France, then ten days later he wins the time trial at the London Olympic Games
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by Ben Elton
One house. Ten contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones.
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by Nikita Lalwani
Cardiff in the 1980s is a place where maths could get you noticed.
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By Tracy Maguire
six original adventures featuring young players, loyal fans and club mascots
By Howard Jacobson
The story of Oliver Walzer’s passion for table tennis and his teenage years in Manchester in the 1950s. Full of Howard Jacobson’s wit and deadpan humour this will have you laughing and wincing in turn.
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