Richard Amery has been a runner for as long as he can remember. He would be the first to admit that his interest for the sport far outweighed his ability. After retiring from his career as a secondary school teacher he decided to write the sort of book that he would have liked available to his younger self. Some years ago, he and his wife Christine bought a farm in the Adelaide hills about an hour from Adelaide, and he now spends his time equally between the city and the farm. When not doing farm work, most mornings he can be seen running through the adjoining forest with just his trusty border collie and endless kangaroos for company.
In his splendid new book, The Five and Ten Men: Ten Men Who Redefined Distance Running, Amery brings this group to life through an expansive recounting of their careers. It's a valuable book for the nostalgic fan, as well as the novice who wants to learn more about the sport's rich history." Paul O'Shea - Once Upon A Time In The Vest"One of the most difficult things to do when writing this kind of book is to combine fact with passion. Another factor in writing this book is to go into the historical events at the time of these runners' performances and how their performances not only affected the Sport, but also influenced the times they thrived in. Amery does this as smoothly as Emil Zatopek did in the Helsinki Olympics of 1952 in both the Five and Ten!" Jeff Benjamin - RunBlogRun"My first thought on receiving the book was "Do I want to read about these folks again?" But Amery's accounts of their development, competitive careers, and post-career successes and tribulations are so excellent that it all reads like a novel" Ed Fox - Track & Field News"Make track distance running your specialist subject on Mastermind if you are already aware of every fact & anecdote The Five and Ten Men offers. Nor is it mere information gathering: Amery offers an assessment of where each man fits in his own era and into the bigger picture, too." Len Johnson-Runner's Tribe"The editorial style is to work a way through each athlete's career, describing notable races in detail, and all credit to the author for undertaking this task" Bob Phillips-TrackStats