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  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113415
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

Best of British

Hendo's Sporting Heroes




Britain gave sport to the world. Now it's time to take it back...

Best of British is a celebration of the nation's greatest 100 sporting heroes, from Henry VIII to Red Rum, Roy of the Rovers to Torvill and Dean. Jon Henderson has combed through the annals of our glorious and not so glorious past to bring us the geniuses and the eccentrics, the national treasures and the villains who together have shaped our present.

Trueman and W. G., Best and Edwards, racing drivers, jockeys, rowers - just what does it take to make a sporting superhero? Hendo's 100 reveals all. Opinionated and provocative, his witty character studies - accompanied by stylish illustrations - capture the essence of his subjects' greatness, re-evaluating the famous and rescuing the forgotten. But when there's a cast of thousands to choose from, and hundreds of years of history to explore, who will make the cut for the most heroic of the heroic? Find out, in Best of British.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113415
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the Author

Jon Henderson

Jon Henderson, a sportswriter for more than 45 years, has reported events from around the world working for Reuters and national newspapers, including the Observer and Guardian. His assignments included five Olympic Games and two World Cups. He is the author of three books: Best of British, The Last Champion: The Life of Fred Perry, and The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews.

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Praise for Best of British

“A super book...I recommend [it].”

Independent on Sunday

“You can dip in and out without feeling as though you're doing his magnum opus an injustice.”

Observer Sport Monthly

“Invaluable guide to gamesmanship through the ages.”

The Browser

“Part of the fun is disagreeing with the selections...but Hendo's arguments are as persuasive as his prose is entertaining.”

The Independent

“A brilliant and frequently barmy selection of the nation's sporting heroes.”

Daily Telegraph

“Quirky compilation.”

Soldier Magazine & Soldiermagazine.co.uk

“Parades pensées on Britain's all-time top 100 good sports by a wise, mellow, seen-it-all oldie-ish Fleet Street stylist.”

The Oldie


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