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Medal memoirs

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It’s stocking-filler season, so the Olympic cash-ins are hitting the shelves with roughly the same frequency as medals hit British necks during the actual Games.

This week, in particular, seems to be the Super Saturday of Olympic autobiographies, with the inspirational stories of Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis and Sebastian Coe adding to Chris Hoy’s ode to Bran Flakes, an updated version of which came out last month.

These books offer a fascinating insight into the lives of the people whose successes shaped our sporting summer, and a chance to look back fondly. Just one question remains: where did they all find the time to sit down and write these weighty tomes themselves? It’s taken us 45 minutes just to write this.

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