‘Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife, throughout the sensual world proclaim, one crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.’ This is a story of, arguably, the most compelling and moving sports drama of all time. It matters because it is a testament to the eternal values of friendship, honesty of purpose, and self sacrifice. It is played out in the bloody arena of the highly dangerous Grand Prix motor racing of the fifties; an age in which the drivers were still amateurs and the sport controllers and team owners, as yet, untainted by the corruption of big money. Inspiring as it is tragic, the hero of classical proportion is faced with a terrible dilemma. Rarely does a true life story match the best of fiction. ONE GLORIOUS HOUR does just that.
About the Author
DON SHAW has been a full-time writer for film, stage, radio and TV since 1968, and before that a teacher of the deaf. He won his first award in 1968 and went on to become one of the top TV writers, winning awards both at home and internationally. He was the creator of the BBC drama series Dangerfield, and has been Visiting Professor in Drama at Derby University for many years. His first book The Hike was self-published and at Christmas 2004 outsold The Da Vinci Code in Derbyshire. His first book for Breedon Publishing (DB's previous name), was the sequel, The Hike and every damn thing else. Married with three children, Don lives in Mickleover, near Derby.