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Barry Sheene 1950-2003: The Biography [Paperback]

Stuart Barker
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18 Mar 2011

The definitive life story of the seventies world 500cc motorcycle champion Barry Sheene – the Brit whose death-defying crashes and playboy lifestyle made him the most famous bike racer on the planet. Written by the only journalist to have ridden on the roads with him, and featuring interviews with closest friends, team mates and former rivals.

Born in London's East End in 1950, Sheene was introduced to motor sport at the age of five, with his father Frank building him his first ever motorbike.

His story traces his humble beginnings as a maverick opposed to every educational influence, through an apprenticeship as a part-time rider and full-time mechanic, to a works team racer, with a host of diversions in pursuit of the opposite sex.

It charts his success between 1975 and 1982, a golden period during which Sheene won more international 500cc and 750cc Grand Prix titles than anyone, including the world 500cc title in 1976 and 1977. This despite the horrendous carnage from a series of near-fatal crashes from which Sheene miraculously survived and overcame, against all odds.

Outside the sport, Sheene discovered an acting talent, appearing in the ITV show Just Amazing and in numerous TV commercials, making him a household name. On his retirement, he found fulfilment (and a friendlier climate for his battered body) in Brisbane as an expert motor sport commentator and an accomplished businessman. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2002 he shunned conventional treatments, preferring natural remedies, but died early in 2003.

This is the complete portrait of perhaps the greatest circuit racer of them all.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; (Reissue) edition (18 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007161816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007161812
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘He’s machismo on hot wheels, with irresistible cheek’ Daily Telegraph

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This is the complete portrait of the greatest entreprenuer in motorcycle racing, perhaps the greatest circuit racer of them all.
The final tribute to one of the most charismatic British sportsmen of his generation, including the last years of his life.
Contains many hitherto unknown stories about Sheene’s career, in particular his playboy lifestyle outside of racing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars An uninspired biography. 5 Aug 2003
This book was cobbled together in a hurry and it shows. Most of the anecdotes and comments I have read before, sometimes many years ago, in the motorcycling press. The author is a journalist for Motor Cycle News and most of his sourcing can be attributed to this. There is very little fresh material and no new insight into Barry Sheene's character. What saves the day are the exploits of Barry as his disasters and achievements are a totally engrossing tale in themselves; they would be entertaining and easy to listen to even if related by some drunken pub bore. What is really required here is some fresh sources and more insight into the thoughts of this charismatic man. The book is written in an accessible journalistic style and its format is mostly chronological. It is a bit difficult to recommend as motor cycle racing and Barry fans will have heard all this before and as a biography it can hardly be thought of as definitive. However, if you are new to motor cycle racing and have an interest in the racers of yester-year, and Barry is easily the most famous among them, then this book would be a useful addition to your bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 13 Nov 2013
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bought as a present for a barry sheene fan, the feedback from them has been good. great buy for a sheene fan
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Greatest Biography 2 May 2012
This is not the greatest biography I have ever read . It has all the hallmarks of having been writen by a journeyman writer who believes the secret to successful biography writing is to patch together a series of quotations , from a variety of sources , in the hope this will pass muster as original writing . It doesn't . Barry deserved far better than this .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motor Cycle Racing Ace 19 Sep 2010
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A well written book on one of the UK's iconic motor bike racing riders a must for bike riders to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 8 May 2008
Barry Sheen was an interesting fella, maybe the first motor cycle mega star? I watched him race many times & he always put a smile on my face. This book gives a great insite in to the man that was Barry Sheen! A top bloke & champion motor cyclist!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Barry Sheene - what a guy! 12 Nov 2009
An interesting book about a true character, with some photos of Barry Sheene looking rather cute as a young man. Even as a non-biker I found it interesting to read, especially through his injuries and private life. Worth reading.
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