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When Running Made History

When Running Made History
 

In a unique cross-over of literature, history and autobiography, `When Running Made History' is a superb depiction of the modern running movement.

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ISBN 9781988503080
Published 22 February 2019 by Canterbury University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Robinson, Roger
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ISBN-13 9781988503080
ISBN-10 1988503086
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Canterbury University Press
Imprint Canterbury University Press
Publication Date 22 February 2019
International Publication Date 13 February 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Robinson, Roger
Category Biography & Autobiography: Sport
Track & Field Sports, Athletics
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 328
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 230mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Athletics & Gymnastics
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 796.42
Catalogue Code 962395

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'A front-row seat to running's most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role.' Nick Willis MNZM, two-time Olympic medallist, New Zealand record-holder 1500 m 'Roger's account of the global rise of women's running is the best I've ever seen. I'm honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller's in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.' Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons 'Roger Robinson is uniquely placed to write this riveting memoir. Throughout the running revolution he's been a world-class runner, commentator, broadcaster and writer. It is an insider's view of running - intimate, persuasive and informative.' Lloyd Jones, Hon DLitt, award-winning New Zealand novelist, Man Booker Prize finalist Roger Robinson has been witness to many great moments in the history of running, and to those when running made history in ways beyond sport. As an excited child at the post-war London Olympics, an ardent spectator following the drama of Peter Snell and Murray Halberg at Rome, stadium announcer at the transformative Christchurch Commonwealth Games, TV commentator when Ben Johnson got busted, and more recently as a journalist reporting live on the Boston Marathon bombings, Robinson was there. In a unique cross-over of literature, history and autobiography, Robinson tells of running in Berlin at the moment of German reunification and in New York's Central Park the day the Twin Towers fell; he is on the TV microphone for Kenya's first major running victory; and has to find words to help a stadium crowd mourn for the lives lost in the Christchurch earthquake. 'When Running Made History' is a superb depiction of the modern running movement. It provides a compelling, close-up account of the American running boom, the defiant emergence of women's running, the glorious dawn of Africa's ascendance, the sport's redefinition of ageing, and its important role in environmental conservation. Robinson lets us run alongside as history is made by Emil Zatopek, Abebe Bikila, Ron Clarke, Dick Tayler, Allison Roe, Paula Radcliffe, Nick Willis, Meb Keflezighi and 85-year-old superstar Ed Whitlock. Robinson brings to life the days when running shaped the world, and shows why so many millions love to run and why running is worth loving. Roger Robinson, now Emeritus Professor, is remembered as an outstanding teacher of English at Canterbury and Victoria universities, and by a wider public as stadium announcer at the Christchurch and Auckland Commonwealth Games, and an acclaimed commentator for TVNZ. His books include 'Katherine Mansfield: In From the Margin', the 'Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature' and 'Heroes and Sparrows: A Celebration of Running'. February 2019, RRP $39.99 Softback, 230 x 150mm 328pp, 30 b&w illustrations ISBN: 978-1-98-850308-0 Category: History/sports Praise for the US edition of When Running Made History (Syracuse University Press, 2018) 'Among the countless books on athletics and running that I have reviewed over the past 60 years, this seminal book is one of the very best. Readers will be enthralled by this eloquent, knowledgeable, humorous, poignant work by a wonderfully descriptive writer.' Mel Watman, Athletics International, UK 'Just terrific. Fabulous. It's full of great stories, with real significance and depth.' John Pitarresi, Observer-Dispatch. Utica, New York State, USA 'A globe-trotting trek of epic proportions.' David Davis (USA), author of Showdown at Shepherds Bush 'One of the best sports books I've read. I'll refer to it constantly, but even better, it was a fantastic read. I couldn't put it down. History that's readable - what a concept!' Jason Beck, Curator, British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, Canada 'Tremendous writing. It makes me proud to be a runner. I was often near tears, and then helpless with laughter, and always learning. In the Ron Clarke chapter, I almost got out of my chair to join the crowd down at the greyhound track. It's that compelling.' Frank Murphy (USA), author of A Cold Clear Day. The Life of Buddy Edelen 'A literary lion roars across the decades, with an academic's clarity and a world-class athlete's passion. Throw in wit and wonder, and it's the best running book we've read this century.' New England Runner magazine, USA 'Robinson takes us through 60 years of significant moments in running history observed through his own eyes. I couldn't put it down and came away inspired.' Jonathan Beverly, author of Run Strong, Stay Hungry; editor of Running Times, USA 'This book is like a fine malt scotch, it deserves to be relished sip by sip. But there's nothing elitist about it, as it fizzes with energy like a great beer. Runners and non-runners will love its passion, reverence, and humour.' Margaret Buttner, The Running Room, Canada 'Once I finished When Running Made History, I immediately wanted to start the process all over again. It's compelling, offering a sense of how running, a global phenomenon, has defined and affected history itself, and it answers the query, "Why do you run?"' Laura Clark, American Trail Runner 'When an author is this good, you see the scene and action in your own mind. Roger Robinson is a superb observer, eloquent scribe, and true insider when it comes to running.' Dan Cumming, Running in the Zone Website, Vancouver, BC 'There is no greater writer on the significance of running's past and present than Roger Robinson. His book is a must-read.' Deena Kastor, American marathon record-holder, author of Let Your Mind Run 'Surely the greatest book on distance running.' Mel Edwards, MBE, coach and former Scottish champion 'I didn't read this book, I savoured it. It's heart-felt, and shows how our sport is significant for the runners who come first and those who cross the finish-line last, as well as its impact globally.' Geraldine Owens, 82-year-old runner, High Falls, New York 'I may not have to read your book because my husband keeps reading so many bits to me.' Disgruntled runner, Ontario, Canada

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Author's Bio

Roger Robinson, now Emeritus Professor, is remembered as an outstanding teacher of English at Canterbury and Victoria universities, and by a wider public as stadium announcer at the Christchurch and Auckland Commonwealth Games, and an acclaimed commentator for TVNZ. His books include `Katherine Mansfield: In From the Margin', the `Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature' and `Heroes and Sparrows: A Celebration of Running'.

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