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Gold
Chris Cleave | Sceptre | Rs 350

Written by former columnist of The Guardian, this book tells the story of three Olympic sprint cyclists in the run up to London Olympics 2012. Cleave who has previously written, Incendiary and The Other Hand, is a consummate storyteller. So, it is no surprise that Gold touches a nerve. “I try to write stories,” he says, “about love, pity, pride, compassion and sacrifice.” He hits the pedal from the word go and lives and breathes the life of his characters to essay a story about two women cyclists, their common love and a child that fights to survive cancer. Melodramatic in part, yet utterly believable.

(The above review first appeared in the Saturday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 21 July 2012)

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