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Being Eddie Waring: The Life and Times of a Sporting Icon Hardcover – 3 Jan 2008

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; First Edition edition (3 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845963008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845963002
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Tony has done a terrific job in telling his story - there are lots of things in the book which I even didn't know about" (Tony Waring, son of Eddie Waring)

"[Waring] has been gloriously resurrected in this excellent book" (Sunday Herald)

"A detailed and ultimately moving look at an always interesting life" (The Observer)

"A lovingly crafted biography" (The Independent)

"Impressively researched . . . This book rightfully rehabilitates Waring as far more of a pioneer than a mere musical-hall act" (Independent on Sunday)

Book Description

A long-overdue biography of one of the most high profile light entertainment figures of the 1970s

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As this book says, it is over 21 years since Eddie Waring died and 26 years since he made his last Rugby League commentary on the BBC. So it is a measure of his standing back then that this belated biography is still of great interest. 'Being Eddie Waring' is an impressive piece of work that paints a colourful and detailed picture of a true one-off.
The life of Eddie Waring paralleled the growth of radio and television broadcasting, and ambitious 'Uncle Eddie' - also a tabloid journalist and successful RL coach - was just the man to take advantage, both in terms his own career and furthering the cause of the sport he grew up with and loved. There is lots for the nostalgic fan or those in need of an RL history lesson to enjoy. It tells of Eddie's part in the 'Watersplash' Challenge Cup final of 1968, for example, when Don Fox's missed goal from in front of the sticks led to rugby league's Kenneth Wolstenholme moment - "eee...poor lad", and it recounts his adventures on the historic 1946 Indomitables tour of Australia and New Zealand among much much more.
'Being Eddie Waring' also features Eddie's stint as a co-presenter on 'It's A Knockout', and chronicles his appearances alongside the likes of Morecambe and Wise, Mike Yarwood, Cilla Black and the Goodies. In the seventies, his fame became huge. But as Eddie's star rose, Rugby League's didn't. The game was in decline and many blamed it on the BBC and Waring himself. This conflict with those who shared his roots is dealt with in fascinating and thought-provoking style.
Even if you are one of those people who regret the image of Rugby League that the BBC and Eddie Waring embedded in the nation's consciousness, don't let that persuade you not to buy this hugely entertaining and informative book. It really is a belter.
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Format: Hardcover
'Being Eddie Waring' is a DO NOT MISS if, like me, you are a relatively new rugby League fan.

My acquaintance with this excellent game began just five and half years ago, and for me Eddie Waring had emerged only as a name; some fella from the past, mentioned occasionally, who everyone seemed to think had been bad for the game. Tony Hannan has slit the chrysalis and released a full-grown man, and in so doing he has cleared up one massive misconception. Eddie Waring was not "bad for rugby League". It was only bad that the BBC, for whatever reason, allowed a dynamic and dedicated human being to make an increasingly sad fool of himself, as he fell gradually victim to the dreadful symptoms of the Alzheimer's that killed him.

A mite more human decency would have eased him gently out of the public eye sooner. Eddie Waring lived a full and very positively contributing life. Tony Hannan's well researched, well written and entirely readable book has brought that into the light. I am glad I bought my copy.
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This is a book I couldn't put down. It reveals a very human being who pursued his dream of bringing Rugby League football to the drawing rooms of the nation. For four decades he new the stars of both Rugby League and light entertainment and he himself became so big a BBC personality that a significant minority Rugby League diehards from his own northern stock called for his head and petitioned the Rugby League to abandon the man who had put their game on the national map. A journey from school through club management and journalism to an unsurpassed television career is a story that not only inspires but ends in tragic circumstances.
Without hesitation I recommend this brilliant biography.
Brian Knight
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