Press Reviews of Born out of Wenlock


"excellent... superbly written and exhaustively researched."  Simon Turnbull in the Independent


"The continuing brouhaha over Olympics tickets seems to call for a reflection on simpler times and, with perfect timing, a lovely book has just been published, written by Catherine Beale and called Born Out of Wenlock. It tells the absorbing story, with which some of us are familiar, but nowhere near familiar enough, of how the small Shropshire market town of Much Wenlock, and the efforts and vision of a Victorian surgeon, William Penny Brookes, gave rise to the modern Olympic movement." Brian Viner in the Independent


"excellent... I read throughout immediately, finding it absolutely fascinating... this carefully-researched book is full of fascinating details...Although taking a serious approach to the subject, the book is most readable and is written clearly and with pace. Of course it isn't only about running, but I imagine that most members of the Road Runners Club have interests in other athletic events as well as distance running, and the Much Wenlock events were after all the foundation stone on which the modern Olympics were built... Much recommended." Roddy Fisher in Roadrunner the Journal of the Road Runners Club


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