Long Shots

The greatest underdog stories in New Zealand sport

Bronwyn Sell and Christine Sheehy
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The most inspiring sporting stories of Kiwis who have triumphed against all odds.

Kiwis adore underdogs. We never cheer louder than when the long-shot outsider charges in from nowhere to blitz the field, or the written-off veteran finds redemption. This book celebrates some of the most inspiring against-the-odds stories in New Zealand sport.

From the famous to the forgotten, from the Carterton Showgrounds to the Stadio Olimpico, the tales within are a tribute to determination, self-belief and bloody mindedness.

Tour de France pioneer Harry Watson, Invercargill speed demon Burt Munro, Waiuku whitebaiting wonder Stephen Donald, tenacious runner Anne Audain, legendary tail-end batsman Ewen Chatfield: the dozens of sportspeople (and one horse) in this book come from across the codes but they have one thing, at least, in common. The odds may have been daunting, the critics scathing, the challenges formidable, but they never gave up.

Author bio:

BRONWYN SELL is an award-winning journalist, a freelance writer and a bestselling author. Her previous books include Lawbreakers and Mischief Makers: 50 notorious New Zealanders, and Kiwi Heroes: 50 courageous New Zealanders, both published by Allen & Unwin. She has worked in the media for twenty years, and is a regular contributor to The New Zealand Herald. CHRISTINE SHEEHY is a freelance writer and author, whose work has featured in The Guardian (UK), The Listener, The New Zealand Herald, Canvas, New Zealand House & Garden, and The School Magazine (NSW). A former lawyer, Christine spent several years advising journalists at the BBC in London on the finer points of media law, before turning her pen to more creative pursuits. In 2012, she was shortlisted for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award. Christine and Bronwyn both write from their respective homes in seaside villages north of Auckland.

Category: Sport
ISBN: 9781877505416
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A&U New Zealand
Pub Date: October 2014
Page Extent: 264
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Sports & outdoor recreation