The Last Amateurs: To Hell and Back with the Cambridge Boat Race Crew

The Last Amateurs: To Hell and Back with the Cambridge Boat Race Crew

by Mark de Rond
     
 

As the Cambridge University Boat Club prepared for the 2007 Boat Race, Mark de Rond - a Cambridge don and fellow of Darwin College - spent a year libing the blood, sweat and tears of the 39 students risking all for a chance to challenge Oxford. The Last Amateurs is de Rond's intense and deeply personal account of freezing early-morning training sessions,

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Overview

As the Cambridge University Boat Club prepared for the 2007 Boat Race, Mark de Rond - a Cambridge don and fellow of Darwin College - spent a year libing the blood, sweat and tears of the 39 students risking all for a chance to challenge Oxford. The Last Amateurs is de Rond's intense and deeply personal account of freezing early-morning training sessions, booze-fuelled crew 'formals', the tenderness of camaraderie, the pain of self-doubt, and the tantrums and testosterone of crew members, each set on becoming a Cambridge 'Blue'. So what does it take to row in a Boat Race? In this thrilling book, de Rond delves into the depths of what it means to be a man and the primeval desire to compete. Told chronologically and driven by the pursuit of the final victory, the result is a breathtaking portrait of a deeply historical race marked by sharp contrasts - and one in which every sportsperson will recognise at least a little of themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848310155
Publisher:
Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mark de Rond, described by the Financial Times as 'Cambridge's secret weapon for the Boat Race', is an Oxford-educated Cambridge don in his thirties. His work has been featured in Time, the Economist, The Times, The Week, and on BBC Radio 4.

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