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For the Glory: The Untold and Inspiring Story of Eric Liddell, Hero of Chariots of Fire Paperback – 2017

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143110187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143110187
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,354,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award [2016]

A Telegraph Top 50 Book of 2016

“As Hamilton depicts in this vivid and heartfelt narrative, Liddell went on to make a far more lasting mark in life than his athletic triumphs. . . . Hamilton’s passion for his subject shows through on every page as he recounts life in the camp, where Liddell worked tirelessly, gave up his meager rations and counseled despondent fellow internees . . . . Hamilton makes it clear: [Liddell’s] race became theirs, and the human race was the better for it.” —BookPage

“Poignant. . . . [M]oving . . . [For the Glory] will appeal to fans of Chariots of Fire as well as Unbroken and similar books.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This story of strength and sacrifice will appeal to all sports enthusiasts, especially those disillusioned with today’s selfish athletes and corrupt Olympics. . . . [L]iddell’s story is a model of what a brave person devoted to his Christian ideals can accomplish.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“A local hero . . . is wonderfully celebrated by Duncan Hamilton, a writer who conveys emotion with the most delicate of touches.” —Sunday Herald

"In this vivid portrait of Eric Liddell, Hamilton shows us not only the power of a hero, but also the power of faith. He brings to life a man who was exemplary in his perseverance and unbending in his beliefs when facing adversity. A beautifully-written, evocative story of unflinching morality and true humanity" —Eric BlehmNew York Times Bestselling author of Fearless and Legend

“[An] absorbing biography of the man who won the 400m at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris but is better known for refusing to run on the Sabbath. In an age when the routine is hyped and sport is riddled with corruption, vanity and petty rage, Liddell’s story is old and timely.” —The Times
“The triumph of Duncan Hamilton’s moving, inspiring book is not that it covers brilliantly an exhilarating, unlikely sporting career. It does all of this, of course, as Hamilton has fine form, being a double winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. His finer achievement, though, is to give a sense of a good man. . . . Hamilton has thus constructed much more than a life of a sporting hero. . . . Hamilton’s tribute makes Liddell unforgettable for what he did, how he lived and how he loved.” —The Herald

“Eric Liddell’s athletic prowess was immortalized in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. But award-winning biographer Duncan Hamilton offers a more detailed and equally engrossing insight into one of Britain’s greatest sporting heroes in this compelling new biography. . . . For the Glory is in turn triumphant, harrowing, moving yet ultimately uplifting. It also cements the status of Duncan Hamilton, twice-winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, as the doyen of biographical sports writing.” —Daily Express (5 stars)

“Duncan Hamilton’s compelling biography puts flesh on the legend and paints a vivid picture of not only a great athlete, but also a very special human being.” —Daily Mail 

“Engaging narrative of the true Liddell story. . . . Duncan Hamilton has twice won the [William Hill] Sports Book of the Year Award and it would be no surprise if For the Glory, his compelling biography of Eric Liddell, ensured he completed a unique hat-trick.” —Oldham Evening Chronicle 

“Hamilton sets out to reveal the man behind the movie (and that indelible song) and he certainly succeeds.” —The Washington Post


"Hamilton has essentially won biography writing." —The Mirror (UK)

 "Hamilton is a guarantee of quality." —The Financial Times 

"A marriage of prose and detail so fine and fastidious that it takes the breath away." —Independent (UK) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Duncan Hamilton is an award-winning sportswriter and author who has twice won the foremost sports writing prize in the UK (the William Hill) and been nominated an additional three times. He is the author of several books.

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