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Lost Olympics
by Ian Hugh McAllister

What is the ultimate price of success? In 1924, swimming superstar Hilda James was a dead cert for the British Team at the Paris Olympics. Her family had other ideas. This is the true story of a World Champion who suddenly found that her ultimate challenge was to pull her life back together after her dream was cruelly shattered forever. Hilda wasnít about to bow down to anybody and broke away, finally achieving full emancipation. A social history of life in South Liverpool plus the story of Parkgate Baths on The Wirral provide the early background for this extraordinary book. The final chapters are set against the backdrop of life as a celebrity crewmember aboard Cunardís first purpose built cruise liner, Carinthia.

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Renaissance of the Rose.
The Rise of English Rugby 1909-1914
by Adrian Hunter

When Twickenham Stadium opened in 1909 England had struggled for nearly twenty years to be competitive on the international rugby field. Players such as Adrian Stoop, Ronald Poulton and Dave Davies combined with a fresh style of play to match their new home brought a change of fortune which meant that the England team would barely loose a match from then until the outbreak of the First World War. In many ways the rugby played today is very different to that which graced the playing fields of a hundred years ago. In many places modern terminology that would have been quite unknown at the time is used but it hopefully simplifies matters for the modern reader. ...Click for more details


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THANKS AND NO THANKS MR HITLER! The Dorothy Odam-Tyler Story
by Mike Fleet

This is the fascinating story of Dorothy Odam-Tyler, quadruple Olympian and twice high jump silver medallist, in both 1936 and 1948, with the same height as cleared by the winner. 16-year-old Dorothy Odam was inspired by the spectacular Nazi Olympics in Berlin, before the cruel intervention of World War Two, which wrote off the Games of 1940 and 1944 when the maturing Dorothy might reasonably have been expected to challenge for gold. Returning to serious competition in 1948 as a young mother, Dorothy capitalised on the home Olympic opportunity, when London was offered and accepted as host city, with the athletics events being staged at the impressive ready-made Wembley Stadium Dorothy's story moves from her junior school tomboy days, to precocious teenage triumphs, the daunting war years when sport went virtually on hold, to a delayed, long and finally very successful senior career. Later, Dorothy took to coaching with enthusiasm and did much to help her beloved Mitcham AC develop. She worked as an unpaid technical athletics official, and she also acted as team manager, accompanying British athletes abroad on several occasions. When her serious athletics career finished she worked in two schools, predominantly as a games teacher. Later in retirement, Dorothy joined husband Dick at the Croham Hurst Club in South Croydon to become a keen and successful golfer. National recognition came in 2000 when she was awarded an MBE, which she felt was long overdue, a view she claimed to have confided to Prince Charles during the investiture. Really she felt that she deserved to have made a Dame, a view which she expressed to many listeners in the years that followed. To say that she was an extremely interesting character would be the understatement of the century.


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