Searching for Heroes
Fifty Years of Exhilarating Sport
By Ian Wooldridge
The most exhilarating sporting personalities and events of the past 40 years as seen through the eyes of the searingly honest, witty and pre-eminent journalist Ian Wooldridge.
At the cutting edge of sport, where winners go one way and losers the other, Ian Wooldridge made his living as a journalist. His shrewd eye went straight to the heart of sport's pressure situations, unerringly detecting courage in the competitors, and raising the spirits of his readers with his celebration of genuine heroism. His style was at one and the same time convulsively amusing and acidic. He saw the funny side, yet he was merciless in his search for the truth.
SEARCHING FOR HEROES is a collection of Ian's articles on his heroes - including Mohammed Ali, Shane Warne and George Best - as well as articles on events and personalities that were on the receiving end of his more acerbic commentaries.
Wooldridge brought back an intelligence to modern sports journalism, and an idealism that had become somewhat tarnished. To Ian Wooldridge sport was more than a game. It was a life.
Born in 1932, Ian Wooldridge is widely recognised as the greatest sports journalist of his generation. His career began at the New Milton Advertiser, but he quickly rose through the ranks to become a sports columnist at the Daily Mail in 1960, where he left an indelible mark with his astute, and often acerbic commentaries. Winner of many accolades throughout his life, he was presented with two awards for lifetime contribution to sports journalism, and an OBE for services to journalism in 1991. He died of cancer in 2007, leaving his widow Sarah, and three sons.
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01 May 2008
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'No one has ever written about sport in the English language as sublimely as did Ian Wooldridge for more than 40 years' Jeff Powell — Daily Mail
It makes for a handsome Christmas present for everyone who cherished Ian's stuff and a striking eye-opener for the few who might never have known it. A splendid collection. — The Spectator
A must-read for sports fans. Wooldridge is arguably the best ever sports reporter, and this classic is testimony to that — Active Life Magazine
A collection of pieces by the great sportswriter — The Financial Times
What this indispensible book reminds us is how brilliantly words danced from his mind and on to the page. All columnists dream of marrying conviction with artistry. Wooldridge showed us how. — Daily Mail