Barry Sheene is arguably the greatest British motorcycle racing rider of all time. A chancer, lovable rogue and the leading sports star of his era, adored by the public and press alike, he won two world motorcycle championships - in 1976 and 1977. He achieved iconic status by being involved in some horrifc crashes and was dubbed `the bionic man' on account of the amount of metal used to reconstruct his legs after a particularly bad accident. He emigrated to Australia in 1987 where he became a celebrated motorsport commentator. His premature passing in 2003 robbed motorsport of one of its greatest characters. For the first time, Barry's family have agreed to open up their personal archive to give an unprecedented insight into the two- time 500cc world champion. Through more than 120 previously unpublished personal photographs, Times journalist and award-winning author Rick Broadbent tells the story of a remarkable sports star. Published to mark the 40th anniversary of his second world championship win, this is a unique pictorial account of a life lived at full throttle and is an intensely personal look at a racer, legend, husband and father.
Rick Broadbent is an award-winning journalist and author. He has worked at The Times for 10 years and has written nine books. His previous titles on motorcycle racing include That Near-Death Thing, winner at the British Sports Book Awards 2013 and shortlisted for the William Hill prize, and Ring of Fire, also shortlisted for the William Hill Prize. He was shortlisted for the William Hill prize for third time in 2016 for Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zatopek Phil Wain has been a freelance motorcycle journalist for over 10 years and is a features writer for a number of publications, including BikeSport News and Classic Racer, having also been a regular contributor to MCN, MCN Sport, Irish Racer and Motorcycle Racer. He is the author of the bestselling Guy Martin: Portrait of a Bike Legend.