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'Red Tape' rules!,
This review is from: The Ghost Runner: The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn't Stop (Paperback)
The statement in any review that, 'I could not put this down after starting it' is often a hint to look elsewhere but in this case, I have to agree with the review I read in one of the broadsheets - this does warrant that phrase.
Having lived in the years where the likes of Crump and Gold ruled with a rod of iron and a fist of rule books (and good quality food/drink) I can understand how something so trifling (now) appeared so set in stone (then).
Tarrant is s strange character drawing sympathy in some areas and in others, appearing to be a total bore and a man possessed with his 'ban' but what you can feel is his passion to overcome the obstacles placed in his way.
Although aware of his story at the time I did not know of his South African ventures and his importance in the development of the black SA runners. He may have been seen as a pawn but with his blinkered approach it is obvious he never saw that - he was there to run and to win his own 'Holy Grail'.
Dead at an early age, clearly from the linings on his lungs from one of his jobs, it is hard to believe that even until the end he was regarded by the hierarchy as a 'nuisance'.
A fantastic read even for those who do not often pick up a 'sports book' - this is more than that!!!