By Michael Connelly
117 years Strong…and Counting!
This all-new version, which follows the Boston Marathon into the twenty first century and during the tragedy of the 2013 race, is a colourful and relocating portrait of what it appears like to run the world’s oldest annual marathon, escorting the reader throughout the previous, current, and vivid way forward for the race.
26.2 Miles to Boston is a wealthy, bright, and encouraging heritage of the Boston Marathon and of the boys and girls of various talents whose struggles and triumphs have coloured this ancient occasion for over a century.
From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the heart of metropolitan Boston, the writer takes readers in the course of the mile-by-mile attractions, sounds, and traditions that make the race what it's.
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54 William Lambert, Instructions and Rules For Playing The Noble Game Of Cricket, As Practised By The Most Eminent Players (Lewes: Sussex Press, 1816), 6. 55 Allen, Early Books, 20. 50 Culture, Hegemony and the Literaturisation of Cricket Fig. 3 31 Frontispiece to the first book of cricket technique, Thomas Boxall’s Rules and Instructions for Playing at the Game of Cricket (1801). V. Lucas, The Hambledon Men. 56 With the emergence of national discourses enabled by the growth of print culture, to play cricket on a village green was no longer merely to partake in a localised practice, but to be part of a highly ritualised element of the national culture.
17 Michel Foucault, The Will to Knowledge: The History of Sexuality: Volume One (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1990), 17–49. , Etymologican lingua anglicanae, seu explication vocum anglicarum etymologica ex propriis fontibus (London: T. Roycroft, 1671). S. W. Swanton, A History of Cricket (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1946), 19. 20 James Love, Cricket: an heroic poem, with the critical observations of Scriblerus Maximus, in Poems on Several Occasions by James Love, comedian (Edinburgh: R. Fleming, 1754), 2.
63. 65 James Pycroft, Cricketana: ‘Idle Hours’ Not Idly Spent (London: Longman, 1865), 4. The book was compiled from a series of articles contributed to London Society in 1863 and 1864. 62 63 36 Cricket, Literature and Culture But as well as its social benefits as a spectacle, men of all social classes were encouraged to play cricket as a means of making them good Muscular Christians. 67 A coachman in George Meredith’s novel, The Adventures of Harry Richmond (1871), quaintly summarised the creed in relation to cricket, the sport with which it was becoming most closely associated: ‘Cricket in cricket season!
26.2 Miles to Boston: A Journey into the Heart of the Boston Marathon by Michael Connelly