the swimming pool summer reading debuts of the month i found you lisa jewell paypal
Vouchers


Trautmann's Journey : From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend by Catrine Clay
  

Lovereading view...

Winner of the Best Biography category of the British Sports Book Awards 2011.

Shortlisted for the Best Football Book and Best Publicity Campaign categories of the British Sports Book Awards 2011.

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2010.
From an amateur footballer working on a bomb disposal unit in Liverpool, to celebrated Manchester City goalkeeper adored by thousands, Catrine Clay charts Trautmann's conversion from Hitler Youth star to all-England football hero, mirroring Europe's own journey through the horrors of war to a fragile post-war peace.

Synopsis

Trautmann's Journey : From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend by Catrine Clay

'He was the best goalkeeper I ever played against' - Bobby Charlton. Every football fan knows the legend of Bert Trautmann. Fifteen minutes from the end of the 1956 FA Cup Final, Trautmann - the goalkeeper for Manchester City - falls spectacularly mid-tackle. He continues to play on to the end of the game, ensuring Manchester City win the cup. An X-ray later reveals a broken neck. But there is more to this legend than a plucky goalkeeper. Bert Trautmann was born Bernhardt Trautmann in Germany in 1923. Brought up in a country already in the grip of National Socialism, he joined the Hitler Youth at the age of ten and went to fight for the Vaterland when he was seventeen. Despite enduring inconceivable hardships in the name of war, Trautmann continued to believe wholeheartedly in the cause. Until one day he stumbled into enemy territory to be greeted by the words, 'Fancy a cup of tea, Fritz?'. What follows is an extraordinary story of transformation. Bernhardt - a Nazi living in a POW camp in Cheshire - becomes Bert. From an amateur footballer working on a bomb disposal unit in Liverpool, to celebrated Manchester City goalkeeper adored by thousands, Catrine Clay charts Trautmann's conversion from Hitler Youth star to all-England football hero, mirroring Europe's own journey through the horrors of war to a fragile post-war peace.


Browse inside this book

Reviews

A truly remarkable story, uncovered with immense skill by Catrine Clay Miranda Seymour, Telegraph An extraordinary story Mail on Sunday Britain's best-loved German ... it's a remarkable story Daily Mail [A] brilliant new biography Observer Utterly compelling Independent on Sunday


About the Author

Catrine Clay has worked for the BBC for over twenty years, directing and producing award-winning television documentaries, mainly for the History Unit. She has written three previous books. Her most recent book, King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins who Led the World to War, was published in 2007 to high acclaim (‘Proof that good storytelling is a true art,’ Caroline Moorehead, Spectator, ‘Weird and wonderful,’ Hilary Spurling, Observer). She is married with three children, and lives in London.

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

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

Book Info

Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

Catrine Clay

More books by Catrine Clay
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...

Publisher

Yellow Jersey Press an imprint of Vintage

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Sport from the Armchair
Biography / Autobiography
Book Awards

Biography: sport
Football (Soccer, Association football)

ISBN

9780224082891

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

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

Judith Sharp

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

Joan Hill

Thanks to Lovereading I have discovered new writers and read books I would never had looked twice at - and enjoyed them.

Angela Rhodes

It has opened my eyes to different authors and genres. Just log on and try, you will be surprised and not want for reading material again.

Jocelyn Garvey

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools