Buy Used
$5.02
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by hippo_books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Item qualifies for FREE shipping and Prime! This item is used.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Flanagan's Run Hardcover – March 1, 1982


See all 21 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, March 1, 1982
$0.67
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
12%20Days%20of%20Deals%20in%20Books
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Holiday Deals in Books
Holiday Deals in Books
Find deals for every reader in the Holiday Deals in Books store, featuring savings of up to 50% on cookbooks, children's books, literature & fiction, and more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New edition edition (March 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340274824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340274828
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

At the height of the Depression, in 1931, entrepreneur Charles Flanagan organises the Trans-America race, in which 2,000 runners from across the globe compete for a $150,000 top prize. But the sports establishment tries to scupper what they see as a threat to the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. No less impressive than the fictional runners' gruelling three-month journey (50 miles a day through desert and mountains) is the pathos of the individuals' experiences which McNab creates - and Degas's treasure trove of accents bring to life. - Rachel Redford, The Observer Today's audiobooks are ideal for Easter fun-runners and long-distance harriers alike. Tom McNab lived and breathed athletics as competitor, coach and sports writer for 40 years before writing his marathon of a novel, Flanagan's Run, which was an instant bestseller on its publication in 1982. Set in 1931, in the depths of the Depression, it characterises the leading runners in a race from Los Angeles to New York. The prizes are vast but weather, Chicago chicanery and envious 1932 Olympics organisers seem set on destroying the adventure. Sprinters can opt for the abridged version, but I recommend the long-haul version. Both are read by the versatile and compelling Rupert Degas. - Christina Hardyment, The Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Tom McNab has experienced success as Olympic coach, prize winning novelist and Technical Director of the Oscar-winning film "Chariots of Fire". One of the world's leaders in sport, he has coached international athletes, the British Olympic Bobsleigh team and England's silver medal-winning squad in Rugby's 1992 World Cup. In the same year, he was awarded the British Coach of the Year. Tom has written several best selling novels, including Flanagan's Run which reached number 1 on the world's best seller lists, with fil rights taken by Disney. In 1982 he won the Scottish Novelist of the Year award and his repertoire of sporting films includes his work as script consultant and technical advisor for Chariots of Fire. He has been a commentator for ITV and Channel 4, a freelance journalist for the Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Times and Independent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
16
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 19 customer reviews
The writing is excellent and the story flows effortlessly.
Runner
Years went by, and finally I decided to read the book again, so I got it out of the public library.
Ohioan
These two chapters are captivating reading, I've got to read this whole book!
Tom Plum

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bob Poulson on August 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a "lost classic" of the running book genre. Written in 1982, it's about a race across America in the 1930s, and is based on an actual race that occured in 1929. The cast of characters, including the unflappable promoter Flanagan, the veteran Doc Cole, the beautiful Kate Sheridan, the British Lord Thurleigh and more, all of whom have their own reasons for wanting to win, is very well drawn. Each of them is so interesting and likable that you're not sure who to root for. But best of all, the author, Tom McNab, a British Olympic coach, gets the running parts exactly right. I had doubts when I started to read it, but was pleasantly surprised. He captures the pain (physical and mental), the motivation, the commitment, and the satisfaction of running extremely well. Highly recommended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
It might be hard to believe but I heard about this book while playing cribbage on the internet with a prison warden from Canada! Having run across America myself, I was eager to read a book about the early transcon races that took place from LA to New York. This book is rich with wonderful detail to each character. By the end of the book, you are hoping that everyone makes it to the finish. This is the best work on a subject that is very hard to find stories about. The accuracy to what such a run is like, as well as appropriate ties to historical events is unmatched.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Plum on January 19, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
First, let me say, as an endorsement of this book, I submit that I read a few chapters of it (7 and 8 in fact) serialized and in installments in the bi-monthly magazine "Marathon and Beyond": but I had just that one issue, Jan./Feb. of 2008 I believe and thought, wow! These two chapters are captivating reading, I've got to read this whole book! So I went to amazon and ordered it pronto and I'm glad I did. The serialized version in the magazine also contained illustrations adding to the story. That may have only been something the magazine did.

This is in some ways, the little brother of Chariots of Fire (Two-Disc Special Edition)and it is a very historic novel. As an example, I certainly did not know that in fact, there were Olympics games held in Athens in 1906, yes and that throws the 4 year timing of the normally accepted Olympics off; so in fact, those were not accepted as being Olympics but came to be called the "Intercalated games" (look it up) with the Olympics proper being held in St. Louis in 1904 and then there were the 1908 games held London. It all gets rather interesting, but little historic tidbits the book gives you sets your mind to wondering. Those games held in St. Louis in fact, were originally going to be held in Chicago. The 1904 World's Fair was in St. Louis, so somehow they moved the games there too, as Paris I believe had them both at the same time. Of course, I have pondered the meaning of the historic event mentioned most frequently in the book and that has to do with the 1908 Marathon with Dorando Pietri. It is quite famous in running lore and one should research and read it for oneself.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eric on August 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
the book that made me run, and realise that NO PAIN NO GAIN read it when I was 19 and deep down, started running a few km, and found balance in my life............ 15 years after, I have a great life, I run ultras... and I reread the book once in a while...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Finan on December 6, 2010
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I don't know how one can call an audiobook a page turner with a straight face but this recording was absolutely riviting. I stayed up late to finish it because I couldn't bear to stop. The reader, Rubert Degas did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and that made it even more exciting. It's been a while since a book pulled me into it this deep. I am sure that had I read this book I would have loved it but this is a book that is enhanced by listening to Rupert Degas turn these characters into real people in my mind.

I woke up thinking about the characters and what became of them this morning. It told you about the main characters but there were almost a thousand runners who finished. I had to keep reminding myself that this is a work of fiction because I really cared what happened to these people after they completed such a huge event. If a book pulls me in like this on did I sometimes have a problem separating fictional people from non fictional people. What a silly person I can be. But anyway, a delightful, exciting read that's for sure. I am not or ever have been a runner but now, in my heart I am one.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Baroness on December 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
McNab's engrossing novel is based on the real "Bunion Derby" of 1928-9. But there's so much more here. The violence of the fight for unions, the feeling of hardship so many experienced, politics, corruption, the fanatical FBI, even Al Capone's gang. McNab adds what appears to be a fictional group of female competitors--no woman is mentioned in any account of the original event that I've seen--and all sorts of side shows, romances and plots.
Certainly for anyone who has ever run a race, but also for anyone interested in a tumultuous period in US history, this book is a great read.Flanagan's Run Flanagan's Run
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews