In 1928 two extraordinary Englishmen competed in an unprecedented and fearsome event - a transcontinental road race across America that required them to run an average of 40 miles for 80 consecutive days. They were to become the most famous long-distance runners in the world: yet history has forgotten them. Peter Gavuzzi was a young working-class ship's steward, while Arthur Newton was a middle-aged intellectual who had taken up running to make a political point. Though separated by class, education and age, they became close friends and formed a successful business partnership as endurance athletes. They raced in 500-mile relays, in 24-hour events, in snowshoes and against horses; and they became the stars of a craze for endurance events that swept across depression-era North America. But as professional runners they were eschewed by the amateur running elite. Set against a turbulent backdrop of 1920s South Africa, 1930s Canada, war-torn France and 1950s Britain, "Running for Their Lives" is a story peopled with remarkable characters, unimaginable feats and tragic twists of fate. More importantly it is a homage to two inspirational and eccentric men who only now receive the recognition they so richly deserve.
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Mark Whitaker is a broadcaster and historian. After a first career as an academic, during which he taught in both London and Tunis, he joined the BBC in 1990. He was a reporter for BBC2's sports documentary series On the Line, and from 1994 to 2002 was a regular presenter of File on 4 on Radio 4. He then became a founding partner of the independent production company Square Dog Radio, which is named after a beloved Bernese Mountain dog. To his great regret he recently had to give up playing cricket. He lives in the West Yorkshire hills with his family and their animals.Review:
"A poignant account of unrecognized achievement. I shall find it hard to forget the two runners in vests and shorts who stand side by side on the dustjacket of this book" -- Bryon Rogers Spectator "Whitaker paints a compelling picture of a world in which the virtues of old-fashioned professionalism and decency overcome class and race barriers... Engaging, surprising and...affecting" -- Alexander Larman Observer "A timely reminder of the best that the sport can achieve" The Sunday Times "Well-researched and entertaining. Whitaker's real achievement is to resurrect for recognition the careers of two genuine, if peripatetic, British sporting heroes" -- Michael Beloff Times Literary Supplement "The author has done an excellent job in bringing [Newton and Gavuzzi] triumphantly alive from dusty archives with a narrative pace his subjects would surely have admired" -- Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday
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Descripción Jonathan Cape, 2012. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 368 pages. 9.45x6.34x1.26 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk0224082582
Descripción Yellow Jersey, 2012. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0224082582