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Val McDermid, Invictus Games

Morning magazine show. Richard Coles is joined by crime writer Val McDermid and Aasmah Mir is at the Invictus Games, where she talks to gold medallist Andy Grant. Includes News.

Presented by Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir is at the Invictus Games.

The award winning crime writer Val McDermid has written 28 novels, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. She joins Richard to talk about her passion for football, her musical aspirations and where she finds inspiration for her novels.

Former Royal Marine and medallist Andy Grant lost his right leg in Afghanistan in 2009. He describes how vital sport has been to his rehabilitation and the amazing feeling of winning Gold for the 1500 metres.

JP Devlin talks to R2 Breakfast presenter Chris Evans about the importance of reading with his children and why he finds it so emotional.

Award winning photographer Paul Clarke explains how he changed career late in life and reinvented himself, by swapping a bottle of tequila for a camera.

Mary Wilson sustained injuries to her cheek, toes and shoulder, while on a Military Horse Riding course with the Royal Artillery. She has since taken part in the US Warrior Games 2013. She talks about the events she's taking part in for the Invictus Games, and how she's recently completed 282 Munros.

Tony Harris's vehicle was hit by an explosion whilst on patrol in Afghanistan. He spent 10 months in hospital and his leg was amputated due to infection. He has since taken part in the Dakar Rally. He is now a member of the sitting volleyball team and explains that taking part in sport has been vital to his recovery.

And we hear the Inheritance Tracks of actress Rebecca Front, who chooses We All Laughed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and Siciliano, The second movement of Bach's Second Piano Concerto, performed by Glenn Gould.

The Invictus Games run until Sunday 14 September.

The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid is published by Little, Brown.

Chris Evans reads The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers to his children.

Paul Clarke won the Professional category of the Event Photography Awards 2014.

Producer: Louise Corley.

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1 hour, 28 minutes

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Rev Richard Coles, Paul Clarke and Val McDermid.

Live from the Invictus Games

Live from the Invictus Games
Andy Grant, Aasmah Mir, Tony Harris, Mary Wilson and Judy from Family and Friends.    


Role Contributor
Presenter Aasmah Mir
Presenter Richard Coles
Interviewed Guest Val McDermid
Interviewed Guest Andy Grant
Interviewed Guest JP Devlin
Interviewed Guest Chris Evans
Interviewed Guest Paul Clarke
Interviewed Guest Mary Wilson
Interviewed Guest Tony Harris
Producer Louise Corley


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