A Book of Heroes

Or a Sporting Half-Century

by Simon Barnes

  • Published: 07 Apr 2011
  • Price: £8.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Format: Ebook
  • Extent: 336p
  • ISBN: 9781907595196
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You might say that the provision of heroes is the basic point of sport. If sport didn’t provide heroes, sport wouldn’t command our imaginations…

In this gripping new book, Simon Barnes brings together his 50 sporting heroes of the last 50 years and looks at what it is that elevates them to a state of grace and greatness. The world of sport is of course filled with record breakers and medal winners, individuals who have in their way excelled. What Barnes does here is to identify that extra element, that special alchemy that sets these 40 men, 7 women (and 3 horses) apart and places them in their own race – the race of heroes.

“Quite simply, a writer in a class of his own. ”
Clare Balding
“A celebration of sport and life by one of the finest sportswriters of his generation. ”
<em>The Mail on Sunday</em>
“Barnes never disappoints... He takes us through five decades of sporting heroes in thrilling fashion”
Mike Atherton

About Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the bestselling author of a dozen books, including How to be a Bad Birdwatcher and The Meaning of Sport (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.

Other books by this author

<a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild"><strong>How To Be Wild</strong></a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild" class="plain-link">In How to be Wild, Barnes takes us on a year-long journey, from one raucous spring to the next, with elephants and mosquitoes, dolphins and flying squirrels, giraffes and butterflies as his companions. </a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport"><strong>The Meaning of Sport</strong></a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport" class="plain-link">In <em>The Meaning of Sport</em>, award-winning sportswriter Simon Barnes gives you his grandstand seat for a journey from the Olympic Games in Athens to the World Cup in Germany – via the Ashes series, the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon, and more.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed"><strong>Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed</strong><br />An Introduction to Birdsong</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed" class="plain-link">This vital book – with a free podcast – takes you from winter into spring. You start with robin, and end up with nightingales.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2"><strong>My Natural History</strong><br />The Animal Kingdom and How It Shaped Me</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2" class="plain-link">In <em>My Natural History</em> Simon Barnes, like a modern-day Gerald Durrell, weaves together the story of his life via the animals and the natural encounters that have shaped it. </a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life"><strong>The Horsey Life</strong><br />A Journey of Discovery with a Rather Remarkable Mare</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life" class="plain-link"><em>The Horsey Life</em> is about a friendship pushed to its limits; but it is also filled with larks and joy – a book which takes you right to the heart of the world of horses and those that love them.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher"><strong>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</strong><br />To the Greater Glory of Life</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher" class="plain-link"><em>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</em> shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" 		width="160px" 	height="244px" alt="" /></a>