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Sunday 28th 5.30pm

The Champ & The Chump

James McNicholas is a comedy writer, performer and sports journalist. His first book is a heart-warming, hilarious true story about family and fighting based on his critically acclaimed Edinburgh show The Boxer.


In The Champ & The Chump, he compares his life pursuing a career in acting and comedy to that of his grandfather, Terry Downes, a charismatic cockney known as The Paddington Express who was a world champion boxer, US Marine, gangsters' favourite and later a film star and businessman.


When James is diagnosed with a frightening and mysterious neurological condition, the two tales of the fighter and the writer collide, and what began as a nostalgic journey takes on a far greater significance.

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