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The Race

The Race

Author(s): Roy Peachey

Location(s): China, France, Scotland, United Kingdom

Genre(s): Children

Era(s): Contemporary and World War Two (1944)

Get ready for the race of your life…

This is what it feels like when I’m running. When I’m running fast, I feel free.

12-year-old Lili is determined to defeat her arch rival in front of the Queen during her school’s anniversary celebrations.

Adopted from China as a baby, Lili also has personal challenges to overcome, but when her training is thrown into chaos by events outside her control, she realises that she must choose between family and the race of her life.

Meanwhile in 1944, Eric Liddell, hero of the 1924 Olympics, finds himself in a war zone. Separated from his family, he is getting ready to run his final race in a prison camp in China when his lifelong principles are challenged by the imprisoned children he is trying to help…

‘Not your typical happily ever after, Roy has written a wonderfully relatable and inclusive tale, where all are welcome, and the beauty of sport brings everyone together in the end. There are life lessons to be learned in this inspiring story with friendship at its heart.’
SHAUNAGH BROWN, International Rugby Player and Former Commonwealth Games Athlete

‘An original, immensely readable take on the Eric Liddell story for the 21st century.’
SALLY MAGNUSSON

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