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Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
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Times Cycling Correspondent, Jeremy Whittle will Introduce and Sign his book, Ventoux, Sacrifice and Suffering on the Giant of Provence

Friday 27 October 2017
7:30 pm

A brilliant and evocative biography of the legendary Mont Ventoux, the most daunting challenge in cycling.

Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, is a legendary and extreme mountain climb. The terrible ascent of Ventoux's south side - famed for the death of Tom Simpson in the 1967 Tour – encapsulates both the gladiatorial brutality and epic beauty of this cruel sport, but also highlights cycling's ongoing battle to exorcise its demons. Revealing the little-known history of racing on Ventoux in races other than the Tour, Whittle tells the story of a special and extreme climb that has driven riders to near-hysteria and also to wild excesses of doping. In interviews with Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, Lance Armstrong, Bernard Hinault, Dave Brailsford, Tyler Hamilton and many others, he explores the elemental fear of the Giant of Provence. The author, who spends some of his year living in the shadow of the Giant, also details the cycling paradise that Ventoux's foothills have now become, while also exploring the bloody history of plagues and world wars scattered across its lower slopes. Ventoux is a book that brings the reader close to the essence of what cycling is all about.

 

Jeremy Whittle is the author of numerous cycling books, including two that have been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Bad Blood and Racing Through the Dark. He is the cycling correspondent for The Times.

Tickets are £6, which are deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£16.99) if purchased on the evening. To book tickets, please ring the shop on 01462 684631 or call in to the shop.

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Wednesday 19 September 2018 - 7:30 pm

Top-Selling Historian Ben Macintyre will Discuss and Sign his Book, The Spy and the Traitor at the Spirella Ballroom
Thursday 27 September 2018 - 7:30 pm

Leading Historian and Archaeologist, Neil Faulkner will Discuss and Sign is Book, A Radical History of the World
Tuesday 09 October 2018 - 7:30 pm

Sunday Times Bestseller, Elly Griffiths will Discuss and Sign her Crime Novel, The Stranger Diaries
Tuesday 06 November 2018 - 7:30 pm

Editor, Katie Macdonald will Discuss The Conscientious Objectorís Wife , A 100-Year Old Love Story in a WW1 Prison
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Past Events

Davidís Bookshop Hosts an Art of the Short Story Panel with Two Short Story Writers, Tom Rachman and Ho Lin In Conversation with Hodder Fiction Editor Francine Toon
Saturday 14 July 2018 - 6:15 pm

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Where is David's Bookshop?

David's Bookshops are located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, only a few minutesí walk from the railway station in the heart of the Town Centre. There is ample parking nearby.

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01462 684631

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Sunday 10.30am - 4pm
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