We are finally able to reveal the cover for The Race by Roy Peachey. Out on 3rd June, with sport as the central subject, The Race combines contemporary drama with illuminating historical flashbacks, and explores crucial themes including, adoption, racism, family and friendship. An inspiring tale of perseverance and personal achievement, it’s a perfect read for young people in the run up to the 2021 Olympics.

The Race by Roy Peachey

Get ready for the race of your life…

12-year-old Lili is preparing to race in front of the Queen as part of her school’s anniversary celebrations. Having been adopted from China as a baby, Lili also has issues to work through. When her training is thrown into chaos by events outside her control, 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. But his lifelong principles are challenged by the imprisoned children he is trying to help…

Praise for The Race

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


‘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.’

International Rugby Player and Former Commonwealth Games Athlete

The Race by Roy Peachey

Children’s Fiction 8-12 | Contemporary | Sport (Olympics tie-in)

978-1-911279-83-9 | £7.99 |3rd June 2021

B-format PB | 200 pp tbc

Cover reveal: The Race by Roy Peachey

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