Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

twitter debuts of the month
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin
  

Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius

Biography / Autobiography   Sport from the Armchair   All Shortlists and Winners   eBook Favourites   

Lovereading view...

Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015.

As the Independent Newspaper’s South African Bureau Chief from 1989-1995, John Carlin has extensive knowledge of the country, its political and sporting heroes, his book Playing the Enemy was filmed by Clint Eastwood as Invictus. Now, he turns his attention to Oscar Piostorius with an insider account of his trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

~ Sue Baker

Like for Like Reading

Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius £7.99

One Tragic Night: The Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial, Mandy Wiener & Barry Bateman £15.99 Hardback 336 pages St. Martin's Press 12th August 2014 9781250046178

Synopsis

Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin

In Chase Your Shadow, journalist and author John Carlin tells the gripping story of Oscar Pistorius's tragic journey from sporting icon to accused murderer. Before Valentine's Day of 2013, Pistorius was best known as an extraordinary athlete, the 'Blade Runner' who became the first amputee in history to compete in the Olympics. Everything changed after he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead in the early hours of 14 February. Overnight, the Olympian's status as a role model was replaced by tales of erratic behaviour and a violent dark side. His seven-month trial was broadcast live around the globe, its twists and turns captivating millions. Carlin, who followed the drama inside the courtroom, provides a vivid first-hand account of Pistorius's wrenching emotional breakdowns, the merciless interrogation to which he was submitted by the prosecutor, and the highly controversial judgment. Carlin paints a portrait of a complex personality, a man whose life story reveals extremes of courage and insecurity, ambition and vulnerability, generosity and dangerous hot-headedness. Not since the O. J. Simpson case has the world been more riveted by a champion's heroic rise and calamitous fall.

Reviews

'The strength of Carlin's superb book is that it weaves many disparate strands into a humane and sensitive overview of a case that shocked the world... The detail is fascinating... Subtle and wise' --Matthew Syed, The Times 'Book of the Week

'Reads like a taut courtroom drama... Vivid, gripping and illuminating... For those in search of a full rendering of the case in all its complexity, Carlin goes a long way to delivering the goods. -- Justice Malala, Sunday Times

'Impressively up-to-the-minute... The Pistorius case will continue to divide opinion and Carlin's book is unlikely to be the last word on the matter. But his evident fairness, cool objectivity and robust scepticism will make it a hard act to follow.' -- Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday

'Carlin's account is framed by the progress of the Blade Runner's trial, but it's also a de facto biography that exposes his psychological incongruities' --Independent

'The strongest of the accounts... and the best at supplying a context for what unfolded... Carlin, a fine journalist, is clearly aware of the filmic potential of the tale... and his recreation of that Valentine's Day morning has the pace and energy of a movie script' -- Observer

About the Author

John Carlin grew up in Argentina and in the UK and spent 1989-95 in South Africa as the Independent's correspondent there. He has also lived in Spain, Nicaragua, Mexico and Washington, writing for The Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the New York Times, among other papers, and working for the BBC. His previous books include, Playing the Enemy (2008), the basis of the film Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, which earned Oscar nominations for both Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman and Knowing Mandela (2013).

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

6th August 2015

Author

John Carlin

More books by John Carlin
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.johncarlin.eu/
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Sport from the Armchair
All Shortlists and Winners
eBook Favourites

Biography: sport
Track & field sports, athletics
True crime

ISBN

9781782393290

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

Lovereading helps me decide what real people read.

Kerry Bridges

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

Lovereading is a wonderful way to expand my literary horizons, discover inspiring authors & get the chance to read new novels first. #loveit

Zarina de Ruiter

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools