Blade Runner

Blade Runner

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At eleven months old, Oscar Pistorius had both his legs amputated below the knee. His mother wrote a letter to be read by Oscar when he was grown up: 'A loser is not one who runs last in the race. It is the one who sits and watches, and has never tried to run'. On discovering that their son had been born with no fibulae, Oscar's parents made the difficult decision to have both his legs amputated, giving him the best possible chance of a normal life. Oscar received his first pair of prosthetic legs at just seventeen months, made specifically for him.From then on he became invincible: running, climbing and, with the encouragement of his older brother, getting into any mischief he could. Throughout the course of his life Oscar has battled to overcome extraordinary difficulties to prove that, with the right attitude, anything is possible. Now, a world-renowned athlete holding two Paralympic world records for the 100m and 200m, Oscar faces his ultimate fight: to fulfil the dream of competing at the 2012 Olympics. "Blade Runner" charts the extraordinary development of one of the most gifted sportsmen and inspirational figures on the planet - from immobilised child to world-class sprinter.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 22mm | 340.19g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 x 8pp section colour
  • 0753519399
  • 9780753519394
  • 361,935

About Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius was born in 1986 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Known as the 'Blade Runner' and 'the fastest man on no legs', Pistorius is the double-amputee world-record holder in the 100m, 200m and 400m events, and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs.show more

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[Insert two top photos from original mock up] Blade Runner charts the astonishing development of one of the most gifted sportsmen and inspirational figures on the planet - from immobilised child to world-class sprinter. 'The titan of the track' The Starshow more

Review Text

"Already a bestseller in South Africa, where it’s into its fourth printing, [Pistorius’s] book has been translated into 22 languages and will no doubt have Hollywood beating a path to his door to film his inspirational story because he’s a walking, sprinting miracle – in full flight."show more

Flap copy

On discovering that their son had been born with no fibulae, Oscar's parents made the difficult decision to have both his legs amputated, giving him the best possible chance of a normal life.His mother wrote him a letter: 'A loser is not one who runs last in the race. It is the one who sits and watches, and has never tried to run.' Throughout his life Oscar has battled to overcome extraordinary difficulties to prove that, with the right attitude, anything is possible. Running on prosthetic legs, he is now a world-renowned athlete, known as 'the fastest man on no legs'. Oscar won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, breaking a Paralympic record for the 200m and a world record for the 400m. Now he faces his ultimate fight: to fulfil his dream of competing at the 2012 Olympics.show more

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162 ratings
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4 35% (56)
3 27% (44)
2 10% (17)
1 2% (4)
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