Author(s): Roger Robinson
First published in 1986, Heroes & Sparrows brought together the best of Roger Robinson's 1980s writings in international running magazines (most notably, "New Zealand Runner"). It has been hailed by reviewers and the worldwide running community as a major contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the sport, and has been called one of the best running books of all time. This 25th anniversary edition includes new introductory essays to each section, where Roger Robinson relates the original chapters to the 21st century running movement. A Postscript keeps this classic of the first running boom as fresh and inspiring as an early morning run. The new Heroes & Sparrows is a must-have for every woman or man who defines herself or himself as a runner.
Roger Robinson is a former England and New Zealand world cross-country representative who set Masters records at several of the world's leading marathons, and was named "Runner's World" Masters Runner of the Year. In his professional life he was a University Dean, and is now Emeritus Professor of English at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is now a top-ranked running writer, winning the George Sheehan Award and the Road Runners Club of America Excellence in Journalism Award. Senior writer for "Running Times", he also publishes in other running magazines and his columns 'Footsteps' (on the history of running) and 'Roger on Running' have big followings. His other books include Running in Literature and 26.2: Marathon Stories (with his wife and running pioneer Kathrine Switzer), as well as literary works like the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature and Robert Louis Stevenson: His Best Pacific Writings. He is a frequent speaker, TV and radio broadcaster, and stadium announcer, informing and inspiring new generations of runners. He divides his time between homes in New Paltz, New York and Wellington, NZ.