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  • 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

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