The biography of the world's most famous sporting achievement, in which Roger Bannister triumphed in 1954 by running the Four Minute Mile. Perfect for fans of the recent theatre hit, Chariots of Fire.
As a life-long athlete, Oxford Blue, country champion, British Universities student national, and coach to an Olympic athlete, John Bryant has an unrivalled insight into the world of athletics and the minds and methods of runners. Since 1971, John Bryant has worked as a Fleet Street journalist where he was Deputy Editor of The Times. He is currently Consultant Editor of the Daily Mail and lives in Kingston-on-Thames.
"Bryant sets Bannister's crowning glory in a lovingly evoked context" * Independent * "A fascinating insight into the runners of the late 19th and early 20th centuries" * Spectator * "Brilliant ... a tour de force of elegant sports writing" * Daily Mail * "Bryant's fine book is an absorbing read and a tribute to an era long-since passed" * Athletics Weekly * "It conveys well the momentousness of the achievement- It captures the power of the amateur spirit" * Alastair Campbell, The Times *