Review: The Race by Roy Peachey

In our July edition, we featured local author Roy Peachey, who had just published his first children’s novel, The Race. We then put a request out via our social media pages for a reviewer, and Harry, 12, from Caterham, was happy to help us.  

After reading The Race’s blurb on the back of the book, what were your first impressions of the story?
I was intrigued about the bit in the blurb that talked about choosing between family and the race of her life, as it didn't explain much, which made me really want to read on. I also like how the first part of the blurb is very informative, giving an overview of the book.

Have you read any books with similar stories?
I don't normally read these types of books because I'm more into adventure and non-fiction, but I really enjoyed this as it was different. It was a very interesting read and it taught me loads about (Olympic athlete) Eric Liddell.

What did you like about the story?
I liked the part where Lili’s mum writes her name on the list, as it really shows her kindness. Another good thing was Tom's overall personality. He may have been a bit of a jerk, but I liked how he portrayed him as one of those boys who act way too boisterous and think they are manly and strong. Also, I liked how Billy is really good friends with Lili, and how he always tries to make it as hard as possible for Tom.

Was there anything you disliked?
No, I think the plot is very good, and I like the contrast between Eric and Lili.

How did the story make you feel?
I think it is very heartwarming, with Lili’s gran and Eric Liddell's story. 

Did the writing engage you?
Definitely, it was like a book about gravity: I couldn't put it down!

How did you feel when you had finished?
I was happy that I had learned what Lili choosing between family and the race of her life meant.

What is your overall opinion of The Race?
I think it is a very good read, and both educational and interesting. I would recommend this book to people who are aspiring to become runners, or like running, and also to people who like Eric Liddell and the war.

Any other thoughts?
First of all: well done, Roy Peachey! It was very good. Also, I think that the poem at the front of the book is very good.

Thanks Harry – we’re glad you enjoyed reading it! The Race can be purchased from


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