3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
A terrific book! Read it!, 7 Oct. 2011
This is a fascinating and moving account that relentlessly draws you in.....an account of "an ordinary bloke who stood up for what was right" in a struggle against bureaucracy and snobbery and injustice and racism. It is a tale mainly set in the monochromic rawness of post war England when working men sold their pet rabbits to raise the bus fares to run in races, and the woman's place was in the kitchen where according to Women's Own, "day after day you made with your hands the gift of love"! And an honest working man, John Tarrant, fought for the right to be recognised as an athlete and to run for his country.
It is a serious story but there are knee-hugging moments of delight!.....the principle of sportsmanship as once perceived by the Corinthian Casuals, leaving their goal empty when penalties were awarded against them (penalties? against them? shurely not!); and the belief by some in the last century that TB could be caused by "excessive masturbation"! Great stuff!
But the well- told story of this true life hero is one that reminds us that people's rights have always had to be fought for, and we should be grateful to men like John Tarrant for their bloody-mindedness and courage. It seems an apt book for the present times.