Anthony Burgess Blooms of Dublin

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In the American West of the 1870s, two professional runners, Billy Joe Speed and Buck Miller, travel from Kansas City to Mexico amidst strange opponents, loaded odds, and their mentor-coach, Professor Moriarty

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Tom McNab has experienced success as Olympic coach, prize winning novelist and Technical Director of the Oscar-winning film "Chariots of Fire". One of the world's leaders in sport, he has coached international athletes, the British Olympic Bobsleigh team and England's silver medal-winning squad in Rugby's 1992 World Cup. In the same year, he was awarded the British Coach of the Year. Tom has written several best-selling novels, including Flanagan's Run which reached number 1 on the world's best seller lists, with film rights taken by Disney. In 1982 he won the Scottish Novelist of the Year award and his repertoire of sporting films includes his work as script consultant and technical advisor for Chariots of Fire. He has been a commentator for ITV and Channel 4, a freelance journalist for the Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Times and Independent.

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Despite the superficial character portrayal, this is an engrossing look at theatrical life and the foot-racing phenomenon ("pedestrianism") in the American West during the 1870s. The main playersand racersare Professor Moriarty, Buck Miller and Billy Joe Speed (all aliases) and their ladies. As Moriarty's "Theatre of the West" plies various Western towns, with occasional trips "back East," he and his younger cohorts work different foot-racing scams on the locals. They never cheat at racing but aren't above confusing opposing bettors and runners ("fast men") as to their true identities. Almost all the action revolves around the psychological warfare, physical training and actual racing contests. The major high points are a world-record sprint in England and a climactic men-and-horses competition in 1878 Arizona. We also get interesting glimpses of life upon the stage and of such real-life people as P. T. Barnum, Leland Stanford and Edwin Booth. Even readers not much interested in stage lore or pedestrianism will find it hard to put this book down: the pace never flags. McNab also wrote Flanagan's Run.
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