• "A tale from athletics' age of innocence... He was a sporting hero not just for his time but for all time"

  • "A wonderfully in-depth and often emotionally charged piece of writing"

    Athletics Weekly
  • "An astonishing achievement... There are few writers as adept at capturing so lyrically the utter and incomprehensible strangeness of distance running... A joy to read"

    Literary Review
  • "Sport book of the year… A fascinating tale, showing all sides of Zátopek, injecting humanity and humour into a dramatic life"

    Matt Butler, i, Book of the Year
  • "Reminds us of the pain and the glory behind every victory and the power of sport to bring people together and make history"

    Martina Navratilova