The Last Amateurs : To Hell and Back with the Cambridge Boat Race Crew, Paperback

The Last Amateurs : To Hell and Back with the Cambridge Boat Race Crew Paperback

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As the Cambridge University Boat Club prepared for the 2007 Boat Race, Mark de Rond - a Cambridge don and fellow of Darwin College - spent a year living the blood, sweat and tears of the 39 students risking all for a chance to challenge Oxford. "The Last Amateurs" is de Rond's intense and deeply personal account of freezing early-morning training sessions, booze-fueled crew 'formals', the tenderness of camaraderie, the pain of self-doubt, and the tantrums and testosterone of crew members, each set on becoming a Cambridge 'Blue'.

So what does it take to row in a Boat Race? In this thrilling book, de Rond delves into the depths of what it means to be a man and the primeval desire to compete.

Told chronologically and driven by the pursuit of the final victory, the result is a breathtaking portrait of a deeply historical race marked by sharp contrasts - and one in which every sports person will recognize at least a little of themselves.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 8-page colour photo section
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Rowing
  • ISBN: 9781848310452



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KindleA fascinating insight into one season in the life of a Cambridge Boat Race crew. All the highs and lows in an excellent ethnographic study in which the author does indeed become involved with the group.