Dick Booth grew up in Dover, where he played football and cricket for his school and ran at the old White City stadium in London.
Gordon Pirie was one of his sporting heroes, many of whom he followed avidly through radio commentaries by Harold Abrahams, Rex Alston and others.
After university Dick became a teacher in further education and then one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, before working free-lance as a consultant. In recent years he has concentrated on sports writing.
He was active in club athletics for many years competing all over the UK in veterans’ championships. Dick watches a lot of cricket at Lords and Canterbury and occasional football at the Emirates. His love of sport stems from an addiction, acquired early in life, to anticipation, disappointment and despair.
Dick Booth’s books on sport have won much praise. Dick assembles his material by talking directly to people who have taken part in events, or by recovering their long-lost accounts. As a result readers are given a fuller and more authentic story than has been told before.
“A painstakingly researched, poignant account …. beautifully produced and illustrated.”
The Sunday Times
“Dick Booth’s lovingly written biography . . numerous evocative photographs . . a treat for followers of the sport.”
“Books about athletics are rare. Well researched and written books on athletics are rarer still. Booth’s book deserves a place on the shelf of every athletics fan, . . . A brilliant book.”
“Rigorously researched and beautifully presented . . a thoroughly enjoyable account of a fascinating life . . I enjoyed this book immensely and can recommend it without hesitation.”
“‘The Impossible Hero’ would stand out in any company, however crowded the bookshelf.”