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Flanagan's Run Paperback – May 28, 2010

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Published to coincide with the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding 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 the Unknown Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449084052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449084059
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,226,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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This is a truly wonderful book about a race during a desperate time in this country. I have read it at least 8 times already and finally decided that I needed to have a copy for myself, as most libraries don't bother to carry it anymore. You will truly get pulled into this story and enjoy their struggles as they all race towards the big prize that they all desperately need. A true testament to the will of the human race.
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On your marks, get set, go! And I was off and running for 16 wonderful hours. I walked over 35 miles in the past two weeks listening to this story - and I was swept away. I absolutely did not want it to end (except for my eager anticipation to discover who actually wins the race). Written by Tom McNab (Chariots of Fire), this gem was published in 1982 and tells the story of a fictional race in the 1930s. And yet there is not a single line of outdated prose. Masterfully written!

We begin at the starting ling in Los Angeles, circa 1932 as 2,000 runners set off on a trans-continental race to NYC. Along the way we delve into depression-era America complete with union strikes, the mob, and J Edgar Hoover hot on the heels of our beloved runners. I adored the characters - with a special fondness for the enduring veteran marathon runner - Doc Cole, the unapologetic ringleader - Charles Flanagan, and the ever feisty showgirl - Kate Sheridan.

Flanagan's Run is utterly charming, compelling, riveting, suspenseful, uplifting . . . . I could go on and on. The weaving through of historical figures - like Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover gave this book a E. L. Doctorow feel, combined with Steinbeck-ian prose and P.T. Barnum hoopla.

If you are a runner, read this book. If you are a writer - read this book. If you have always wanted to head toward the horizon just to see what lays beyond it . . . well, you get the idea.
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I love that this was written quite some time ago about a competition that took place in 1931, but is representative of the ultra running fervor that is gripping the nation currently. Great read and an event in our history.
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