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Of course you grow up on the legends of the All Blacks, if you grow up in a rugby playing nation, but this book both humanises and celebrates them in so much detail.They were superheroes and they were regular blokes out of their element Reading about their humanness adds to their heroism by contrast They changed rugby, and their home nation s level of self expectation then they went home again.Thoroughly recommend this to anyone with even only a mere passing interest in the foundations of the All Blacks legend. A very different approach to writing, mixing fact and fiction, every sports fan should read it An awesome read from a talented author Lloyd Jones is a wonderful writer and this book is an insight into a little known pre World War 1 chapter in our NZ history The Book of Fame grows on you once you get used to the writing style being like poetry It is a wonderful reflection of the time 1905 and these working class New Zealand men going back to what was still considered the Mother Country to pit themselves against the English mostly public school boys and find they have a game far ahead of what is happening in the rest of the world It is about fame than rugby which i m not a great fan of and how these working class tough men cope with it.It is not a book just for people who like sport but will interest anyone who is interested in the idea of fame and how in our times now so many people are looking for it while these men in 1905 had no expectations of such a thing and how they manage it when it comes there way. In Augusta party of young men took ship for England Among them four farmers, two bootmakers, and a boatbuilder They set out from Auckland, never dreaming they would conquer the world They were bound for fameFrom the Booker Prize shortlisted author of Mister Pip comes an utterly extraordinary novel about the New Zealand rugby team stour of Europe In this singular melding of history and imagination, Lloyd Jones has created a work of great beauty and puritya journey from innocence to celebrity a story of loss and returnLloyd Jones was born in New Zealand inHis best selling novel Mister Pip won the Commonwealth Writers Prize inand was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Jones is the author of a further twelve books, including the multi award winning Book of Fame