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Simon Barnes continues his series challenging conventional thinking about sport, and argues that sport produces narratives worthy of a novel.

Simon Barnes continues his series challenging conventional thinking about sport, and argues that sport produces narratives worthy of a novel.

Simon argues that sport is as much a novel as Ulysses or Tristram Shandy, with a cast of characters as rich as villains Lance Armstrong, Hansie Cronje and the 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hydrant,' Tiger Woods, and tragedies as profound as that of Oscar Pistorius. He draws parallels between Andrew Flintoff's legendary performance in the 2005 Ashes and Lord of the Rings, and he discusses the amazing - and amazing variety of - narratives in sport with David Maraniss, associate editor at the Washington Post, himself addicted to sport stories.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

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