Rick Broadbent - That Near-Death Thing (2nd Hand Paperback)
ISBN / GTIN-13 : 9781409138976
Subtitled : Inside The Isle of Man TT - the world's most dangerous race. As seen through the eyes of Cummins, Martin, McGuinness and Dunlop.
That Near-Death Thing is a life-affirming journey to the heart of the world's most dangerous race. The Isle of Man TT is a throwback to a maverick era that existed before PR platitudes and PC attitudes. William Hill Prize shortlisted author Rick Broadbent gets inside the helmets of four leading motorcycle racers as they battle fear, fire and family tragedy for a gritty sort of glory.
Guy Martin is a tea-drinking truck mechanic and TV eccentric who 'sucks the rabbits out of hedges', but must now deal with the flipside of fame; Conor Cummins is the local hero facing a race against time as he battles depression and a broken body after falling down the mountain; John McGuinness is the living legend fending off the ravages of middle-age for one last hurrah; Michael Dunlop is the wild child living with one of the most remarkable legacies in sport. They tell their astonishing stories in a book that provides the most rounded, intimate, behind-the-scenes account yet of the last great race.
Rick Broadbent has delivered the final word on the Isle of Man TT, one that really gets to grips with an event that continually pulls unsung riders and fans back year after year to witness That Near Death Thing.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Non-Fiction - Sports & Pastimes
- Published : 2012 (This Edition 2013 - Orion Books)
- ISBN : 9781409138976
- SKU : B002954
- PPC : SP300gm
- RRP : £10.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"A brilliant examination of the phenomenon of the Isle of Man TT races." - The Times.
"The author structures his account cleverly, juxtaposing the race's history with the stories of four men who have tackled the track." - The Sunday Post.
"One of the most compelling motorcycle books ever written." - Classic Bike Guide.
" . . . If you want to know how much courage, skill and determination it takes to climb onto a motorbike and hurtle past telegraph poles, dry stone walls and stray cats at 200mph, then That Near-Death Thing is essential reading. And what makes it even more fascinating is that the heroes of this book could not be further removed from the glitz, glamour and mega bucks of Formula One. The men who bring the crowds back to the Isle of Man ever year spend the night before big races kipping in lock-up garages, under awnings on camp sites and in the case of Manxman Conor Cummins, in his bedroom at his Mum and Dad's house in Ramsey. They are ordinary men capable of extraordinary feats and this book is a chance to read their fascinating stories." - Google Review.
Rick Broadbent is an award-winning author and sports writer at The Times. He has been a winner at the British Sports Book Awards and has made the shortlist of the prestigious William Hill Prize three times. His 13 books cover a range of subjects including a fatal boxing bout, and Olympic hero’s Cold War fall, and the most dangerous race in the world.
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