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Aware of Clem Beckett’s reputation as a hero of the Spanish Civil War, Robert Hargreaves, retired journalist and solicitor, began researching his early life in Oldham and as a motorcycle sportsman. The outcome is Clem Beckett: Motorcycle Legend and War Hero, describing the trajectory of Beckett’s life from obscurity to stardom to martyrdom. In this, his second book for Pen and Sword, Hargreaves gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Alan Hampson, co-author of Beyond Peterloo, echoing the theme of forgotten working class heroes.