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The true, heart-breaking story of a man the world came to know as the ‘ghost runner’. The mystery man threw off his disguise and started to run. Furious stewards gave chase. The crowd roared. A legend was born. Soon the world would know him as 'the ghost runner'.

John Tarrant: the extraordinary man whom nobody could stop. As a hapless teenage boxer in the 1950s, he'd been paid £17 expenses. When he wanted to run, he was banned for life. Now he was fighting back, gate-crashing races all over Britain. No number on his shirt; no friends in high places. Soon he would be a record-breaker, one of the greatest long-distance runners the world has ever seen. This is his true story: The Ghost Runner.

Bill Jones worked for Granada Television for 27 years, where he was an award-winning documentary maker. He was researching a documentary about the centenary of the Manchester running club, Salford Harriers, in 1985 when he first came across the story of John Tarrant and it has haunted him ever since.

©2011 Bill Jones (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A terrific story - a comic strip hero made flesh, with all the human complications that entails" (Daily Mail)
"Tarrant's poignant story is wonderfully refreshing and beautifully told" (The Sun)
"A fantastic story of the underdog" (Metro)
"Makes fascinating reading" (Manchester Evening News)
"Bill Jones used to make documentaries, and he retains that discipline's eye for telling details and evocative shots" (The Times)

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  • Mark
  • 12-22-13

Intriguing tale, well told.

Definitely worth a read, brilliantly researched and retold. Terribly sad in parts but one of the best sports biographies out there.

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  • crochetdiva
  • 07-08-14

Poignant and riveting

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ghost Runner to be better than the print version?

Yes

What other book might you compare The Ghost Runner to, and why?

Those lovely bones. Although the runner in the story isn't dead like Susie Salmon, the story is still very sad. The desolation is real, and you feel the pain as much as he lives it.<br/><br/>There is also a touch of Forrest Gump about it.

Have you listened to any of Roger Davis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Fight like your life depended on it.

Any additional comments?

There is a very real determination about running all of those races without the recognition, which makes you want to be along with him. His family is forgotten as he reaches for his goals, which ultimately eludes him.

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  • John Hayes
  • 06-08-14

Sheer bloody mindlessness....

Where does The Ghost Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there with the best for various emotions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghost Runner?

There were many, but Johns drive, tenacity some would say obsession stands out!

Have you listened to any of Roger Davis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I have not...but this is a great listen because he delivers so well and has the right tone & pitch.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The real life Alf Tupper...

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Excellent listen & story. It beggars belief that this took place not so long ago where the establishment ruled & the average joe soap was nothing...worth remembering that & thank God it has changed.His wife gives blind support to a man totally driven with running, not sure this would be the case in today's World.Once started it was hard to stop, grips you from the start and you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy the listen, it is such a powerful story!