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Publisher's Summary

This is the remarkable story of Barry Sheene, the asthmatic, cheeky, Cockney boy who grew up to become a sporting legend. He won the British motorcycling 125cc championship aged just 20 and twice became World Champion in the 500cc class, despite two life-threatening crashes, both of which he overcame with great courage and determination.

In an era when sport and its personalities rarely made it off the back pages of newspapers, Barry Sheene crossed the bridge between sport and celebrity status in a style that only George Best had achieved previously.

Barry is an intimate and revealing account told by three people who knew him better than most. Steve Parrish, fellow bike racer and now BBC commentator; Nick Harris, who followed his career from the early days; and Barry's widow, Stephanie, who has collaborated fully and written a foreword.

Frank and fascinating, Barry is an exclusive look into the extraordinary life of a charming and complex man who became, quite simply, a 1970s sporting icon.

©2007 Steve Parrish and Nick Harris (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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The confusing time lines in the story were quite annoying. Loved Barry, but unfortunately not this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2021

A great book.

he was my hero just great to remember him. really enjoyed this book. found out how he was after the racing finished

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  • John Wright
  • 19-10-2020

Loved this book

I found this book extremely entertaining, interesting and heartbreaking all in one go.
Being a fan of Barry from a young age, and given that my mum used to babysit him when he was the baby, I have never really had much insight into his life and career until now. Learning about how he got started in life is extremely interesting, the ups and downs that shaped his life, you’d never know about without reading this. Steve Parrish and Nick Harris have put together the fascinating story of a legend that I couldn’t turn off. So I didn’t! I listened to the whole book at work one day,
After listening to this I downloaded The Parrish Times and listened to that too. Another excellent book and well worth a listen.

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  • J W FERRIS
  • 04-09-2019

Barry

I loved this book from start to finish in fact I listened to it in one go, i know that's not to hard to do for most people but for me with any size of book i do have to stop and start but again great book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-2018

Barry Sheene a synopsis

Barry Sheene is the greatest British Grand Prix rider and I'm afraid this audiobook fails to do him justice, glossing over many of his greatest achievements with nary a backward glance. I suspect the haphazard time hoping doesn't help with one chapter often occuring several years before the preceding one. All in all,.a good little primer for those knowing little of Sheene but destined to leave the listener wanting more meat to the stories.

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