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Mike Hawthorn One Glorious Hour

This is a compelling and moving sports drama, played out in the bloody arena of highly dangerous Grand Prix motor racing of the fifties. It is a real-life story that matches the excitement and suspense of the very best fiction. It is definitely a must-read for all motor racing fans. This story is 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 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. It is as inspiring as it is tragic. In 1976 I was commissioned by BBC TV to write a film about Mike Hawthorn, the first British world motor racing champion. It was never made. The reason? The facts of his life and death were then unclear. Had I known what they were it would have catapulted the drama into the bracket of classical tragedy. Despite research I found myself faced with a well kept secret. During the following thirty five years I kept returning to it, but still failed to penetrate that mystery. Until now. This true story is driven by suspense as the hero is faced with a dreadful dilemma. Rarely does a real life story, as that of Mike Hawthorn, match the best of fiction. ONE GLORIOUS HOUR does just that. Set in 1958 he is one of the four man Ferrari motor racing team in Grand Prix. And he is favourite to become Britain's first world motor racing champion. And he is dying.
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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.

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