by Graham Sheppard


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Thirty-year-old single dad, David Lucas, has taken up running as a therapeutic release from watching his wife die of cancer.

When he sets out on his regular morning run to tackle the worst fog the Fens have experienced for many years, he is unaware that his life is to change in a way he could never have imagined. And when tragedy strikes, a chance encounter with ex-Olympic runner and coach, Charlie Greaves, presents him with the opportunity of a lifetime - a possible place in the 2012 Olympic team. But can he and will he take it?

At home, his life has its problems with his live-in girlfriend and 11-year-old son at loggerheads. In the days and months leading up to the big day, and in the midst of receiving some devastating news, will he turn his back on his dream and be the father and partner his family needs?

Relive again the halcyon days of that golden summer of 2012 in this exciting and compelling novel, and discover if one man, with one goal, has what it takes to go for gold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781528909846
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 02/28/2020
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Born a war babe in Shepton Mallet, Somerset in 1944, Graham spent most of his formative years in Barnes, SW London, where his parents ran a tobacconist and confectionery shop. Running was an early attraction when winning the half-mile at his secondary school, but with the River Thames only yards from his front door, his sporting interests switched in his teens to rowing, reaching the semi-finals at Henley Royal Regatta in 1970. Running was always an interest however and Graham completed the London Marathon four times in his 40s. Taking the opportunity of an early retirement in 1997, after 34 years working for the Sun Life Assurance Society, the idea was to finish writing his novel, Potential, a task only completed last year. The era and background of Potential have seen many changes throughout the years but the main characters are as you meet them today. Graham currently lives in Cambridgeshire with his second wife, Ellie. His sporting activities these days are centred around table tennis, playing in two local leagues.

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