Beryl - WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023: In Search of Britain's Greatest Athlete, Beryl Burton

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Beryl - WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023: In Search of Britain's Greatest Athlete, Beryl Burton

Beryl - WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023: In Search of Britain's Greatest Athlete, Beryl Burton

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A wonderful biography of one of Britain's least known but most highly decorated sports stars, Yorkshire cyclist Beryl Burton. Yet she carried on winning, beating men and - infamously - competing against her own daughter, whilst working full-time on a Yorkshire farm and running a household. I missed both the radio play and the theatrical production when it was staged near to me a few years ago.

Dustin Galer’s organization of a vast array of rich material and his first-rate analysis conveys the life and times of controversial disability activist Beryl Potter with a familiarity and, at times, intimacy that will appeal to a wide audience. Beryl’s great, though complicated, and I want to read more about some of these fearsome women on wheels. cc * A superb book about someone who was great before her time * Pez Cycling News * A long overdue and remarkable biography of a remarkable cyclist -- The New European * Charlie Connelly * The fascinating [and] extraordinary story of Yorkshire's very own .

Chrissie Wellington, four times world Ironman champion: Hands up if, like me, you had never heard of Beryl Burton. Ruthless, relentless, brilliant, belligerent - and quite possibly the greatest Olympian Britain never had.

The misogyny was a constant drum beat throughout the first half of the book, which just makes you realise how much the past was a different plant. Having previously also beaten the men's record while setting the women's record in a 12-hour time trial, Burton was attempting the same unparalleled feat in a 24-hour event. Free from dependency on other riders, its purity instantly appealed to Burton’s ascetic personality. It’s an easy read in the best sense—accessible, highly informative, and enticing to find out what happened next. His weaving of her early years to the troubles of life in England and then in Canada is engaging and readers will find the story captivating.This was such an easy to read biography, the story was compelling, the people interesting and time so infuriating that it made my blood boil. Long before the advent of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Beryl Potter did some of the most important pioneering disability rights activism.

Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Cyclist Beryl Burton dominated her sport much as her male contemporary Eddy Merckx, but with a longevity that surpasses even sporting legends like Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams and Sir Steve Redgrave. We are grateful to Beryl and the women like her who paved the way for our generation to enjoy the professionalism and recognition that she so richly deserved -- Lizzie Deignan MBE, Professional Cyclist Beryl is a worthy winner of the award, because it charts the most incredible of sporting endeavours and gradually reveals Burton to be both admirable and troubling . The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report.

The book explains her upbringing, her home life while riding, her athletic feats and her sad premature death.

Fotheringham’s latest book does a stellar job of both laying out Burton’s achievements while also excavating her often conflicted personality. Despite being beloved of the British cycling public, and having published an autobiography, Burton has always remained somewhat unknowable. Her motivation, sparked by appalling childhood illness, is as fascinating as her achievements are stunning. it is an excellent book [and] well worth a read * Cycling Europe Podcast * Charts the incredible story of cyclist Beryl Burton, who set a world record in 1967 and was Britain's best all-rounder for 25 successive years. This book is a fantastic addition to the collection of anyone with a passion for activism, social justice, and disability studies.A survivor of more than one hundred surgeries, a dangerous opioid addiction, and multiple suicide attempts, Beryl Potter devoted herself to bettering the lives of other people with disabilities and made a tremendous contribution to disability awareness from the 1970s to 1990s. Wilson is obviously aware of Fotheringham's work, as it is listed in his bibliography, so is there anything to be gained from his one? Written with the depth the subject deserves, Fotheringham’s book should be just-about accessible enough for the disinterested reader – and will be hoovered-up by fans. In my previous review I also mentioned that it's always hard to compare performances across different eras; however, in a prime example of what makes this book so different to a more conventional biography, Wilson has actually done exactly that. Absolutely amazing talent who sadly is little known amongst people of a certain age even if they are cyclists.

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