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Tour de Force

by Kate Fox, Alfie Crow

‘Now then, I shall count to three.’

In a race against time, interspersed with the first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, a journalist and a vicar attempt to foil a robbery orchestrated to unfold during the 'Grand Depart'.

Will Jess Makin and Reverend Ray be able to outwit Antonia Gruber and her four daughters? Why is Octavius Bosomthwaite determined to hang onto the contents of his metal box at all costs? Are our heroes as doomed as Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France hopes...?

Find out in this brand new comic crime novella, sequel to last year’s Kindle-exclusive classic The Glasto Code; written (once again) in record time by poet Kate Fox and thriller writer Alfie Crow, during the 'Grand Depart' festivities in Yorkshire.


Kate Fox is a poet, performer and comedian. Born in Bradford in 1975, she has been poet in Residence for the Great North Run and regularly for Radio 4’s Saturday Live since 2007, as well as at the Glastonbury Festival in 2013. Her work has been commissioned by Radio 4’s From Fact to Fiction, Radio 3’s The Verb, BBC2’s Daily Politics Show, Radio 2’s Grimm Up North and many others.

2013 saw the publication of Kate’s new and selected poetry collection Fox Populi, from Smokestack Books, and the premiere of Kate’s one-woman comedy Good Breeding, about the choice not to have children, at the Edinburgh Fringe. Kate originally trained as a radio journalist, and her first story to be broadcast nationally involved a dead frog found trapped in a bag of lettuce in Whitley Bay.

As part of Kate's residency at Glastonbury 2013, she produced two new books - a short collection of poems (Jagger's Yurt) and a Dan Brown-esque thriller (The Glasto Code, with award-winning thriller writer Alfie Crow). Through the miracle of technology, Valley Press was able to publish these new works as ebooks on the last day of the festival.

Kate was involved in celebrating the Tour de France's visit to Yorkshire in July 2014, and joined forces again with Alfie Crow to produce a sequel to The Glasto Code, entitled Tour de Force, once again published by Valley Press on the last day of the festivities.


Alfie Crow was born in Wallsend, Northumberland and now lives in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. He worked for many years in community theatre, writing and directing over thirty plays, as a college and university lecturer and as a poet coach in primary and secondary schools.

He was one of the winners of the Bridport prize in 2006 for his short story, ‘Metal’ and his poems have been published in many periodicals and collections. His first thriller Rant won a Northern Crime Award. It is the first in a series of novels featuring the world's worst spy and disgruntled jobbing actor, Mike Rant. Coincidentally, Alfie also once applied to join the secret service using a computer in South Shields library. He is not at liberty to divulge the success or otherwise of his application.

Alfie has collaborated with poet Kate Fox on two novellas written and set during cultural events: The Glasto Code at the Glastonbury Festival 2013, and Tour de Force at the Tour de France's 'Grand Depart' in Yorkshire, July 2014.


Edition: Kindle exclusive

Date Published: 2014-07-07

Catalogue Number: VP0067

Number of Pages: 120

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover photograph by TJ Blackwell

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