A page turning suspense novel set against the back drop of the London Olympics and in particular cycling. Gold is about Jack, the Olympic champion, his wife, Kate and their daughter Sophie, who has leukaemia. Kate’s rival on track and best friend off it, Zoe, is the current Olympic cycling champion. Their lives have been entangled since they met at the National Cycling Centre in their teens and the story bounces between those days and the build-up to the London Olympics with ease.

The novel is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional, with the descriptions of cycling making you feel as if you are in the race. It will make you cry. Gold is about what drives us to succeed – and what we choose to sacrifice for success. It’s about friendship, love and heartache. It’s a very enjoyable read and perfect for these coming weeks.

Hodder & Stoughton/hardback/£16.99/9780340963432

Sheila O’Reilly