For the Glory

Olympic Legend Eric Liddell's Journey of Faith and Survival

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Most people will know Eric Liddell as an Olympic gold medalist and a focal character in Chariots of Fire. Famously, the Scot would not run on Sunday, leading to ridicule and, some might say, his teammate winning the 100 metres in the 1924 Paris Olympics. But for Liddell, running was always second to his true calling, his faith. After surprisingly winning the 400-metre gold in Paris, he dedicated himself to missionary work. He and his family settled in one of the poorest provinces in China. When he saw war with Japan on the horizon, Liddell put his children and pregnant wife on a boat to Canada, while he stayed behind, his conscience compelling him to remain amongst the desperate Chinese. Liddell was eventually interned at a Japanese work camp, where he became the moral centre of an unbearable world. He was the hardest worker, he counselled many of the other prisoners, he often gave up his own meagre portion of meals, and he organized games for the children. He even raced again. But for his ailing, malnourished body, it soon proved too much. In the spirit of The Boys in the Boat and Unbroken, For the Glory is both a compelling narrative of athletic heroism and a gripping story of faith in the darkest circumstances.

PRAISE FOR

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award [2016]

A Telegraph Top 50 Book of 2016

“As Hamilton depicts in this vivid and heartfelt narrative, Liddell went on to make a far more lasting mark in life than his athletic triumphs. . . . Hamilton’s passion for his subject shows through on every page as he recounts life in the camp, where Liddell worked tirelessly, gave up his meager rations and counseled despondent fellow internees . . . . Hamilton makes it clear: [Liddell’s] race became theirs, and the human race was the better for it.” —BookPage

“Poignant. . . . [M]oving . . . [For the Glory] will appeal to fans of Chariots of Fire as well as Unbroken and similar books.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This story of strength and sacrifice will appeal to all sports enthusiasts, especially those disillusioned with today’s selfish athletes and corrupt Olympics. . . . [L]iddell’s story is a model of what a brave person devoted to his Christian ideals can accomplish.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“A local hero . . . is wonderfully celebrated by Duncan Hamilton, a writer who conveys emotion with the most delicate of touches.” —Sunday Herald

"In this vivid portrait of Eric Liddell, Hamilton shows us not only the power of a hero, but also the power of faith. He brings to life a man who was exemplary in his perseverance and unbending in his beliefs when facing adversity. A beautifully-written, evocative story of unflinching morality and true humanity" —Eric BlehmNew York Times Bestselling author of Fearless and Legend

“[An] absorbing biography of the man who won the 400m at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris but is better known for refusing to run on the Sabbath. In an age when the routine is hyped and sport is riddled with corruption, vanity and petty rage, Liddell’s story is old and timely.” —The Times
 
“The triumph of Duncan Hamilton’s moving, inspiring book is not that it covers brilliantly an exhilarating, unlikely sporting career. It does all of this, of course, as Hamilton has fine form, being a double winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. His finer achievement, though, is to give a sense of a good man. . . . Hamilton has thus constructed much more than a life of a sporting hero. . . . Hamilton’s tribute makes Liddell unforgettable for what he did, how he lived and how he loved.” —The Herald

“Eric Liddell’s athletic prowess was immortalized in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. But award-winning biographer Duncan Hamilton offers a more detailed and equally engrossing insight into one of Britain’s greatest sporting heroes in this compelling new biography. . . . For the Glory is in turn triumphant, harrowing, moving yet ultimately uplifting. It also cements the status of Duncan Hamilton, twice-winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, as the doyen of biographical sports writing.” —Daily Express (5 stars)

“Duncan Hamilton’s compelling biography puts flesh on the legend and paints a vivid picture of not only a great athlete, but also a very special human being.” —Daily Mail 

“Engaging narrative of the true Liddell story. . . . Duncan Hamilton has twice won the [William Hill] Sports Book of the Year Award and it would be no surprise if For the Glory, his compelling biography of Eric Liddell, ensured he completed a unique hat-trick.” —Oldham Evening Chronicle 

“Hamilton sets out to reveal the man behind the movie (and that indelible song) and he certainly succeeds.” —The Washington Post


PRAISE FOR DUNCAN HAMILTON: 

"Hamilton has essentially won biography writing." —The Mirror (UK)

 "Hamilton is a guarantee of quality." —The Financial Times 

"A marriage of prose and detail so fine and fastidious that it takes the breath away." —Independent (UK)