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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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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.