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The Sculler by Leon Fletcher

£3.59

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

Rowing stories need a ring of authenticity – you know when someone has experienced what they are writing about.

Leon Fletcher gives his all not just in the telling of this tale abut also in the (quasi-autobiographical) nature of the actual story itself.

It tells the tale of a feisty athlete who doesn’t quite fit the “mould” which the selectors seem to want.  He seeks perfection in his sculling boat and has a dream to scull like his hero, Chris Baillieu.  The story takes us from his training base on the Tideway Thames in London to international training camp in Italy and a regatta ‘show-down’ in Germany.

The short story is a delightful read which any rower will find engaging and an authentic voice for the sport.

Peter Moir Haining – World Lightweight Sculling Champion

Leon is a natural waterman and I used to race him from Kew to Putney in my London years.  I couldn’t put it down, his style reminds me of the Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day”  Leon envelopes the concept of sculling and his story takes the context and moves on well with a rich vocabulary to boot!  Recommend.

Note this is an eBook – for the print version go to The Sculler eBook

2 reviews for The Sculler by Leon Fletcher

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Felt

    A visceral and heartfelt description of the toil, resistance to politics and vocation required of the single sculler. Leon has been there and nothing can take it away. Fantastic but honest read

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Blair Crawford

    Anybody that rowed at a club, collegiate or international level in the 80s and 90s knew Leon Fletcher – personally or by reputation. A prodigiously talented oarsman with a unmistakable swagger and a great gift for story telling. After a few years away from the sport, the author has applied his talent for story telling to re-visit that time period (the start of the golden age for British Rowing) and bring it to life with a brilliant short story. The Sculler tells the tale of how a young sculler from the north found his way onto the international rowing scene and brings to life the challenges and politics and the highs and lows of truly putting yourself on the line. Thoughts that most rowers have but believe are private reflections or unique to themselves, are related here in an entertaining, real and often humorous fashion. A short read and in some ways a bit of a parable – Leon Fletcher shows that he has a talent for writing that leaves you hoping he’ll be back with more very soon.

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