BOOKS

Chase Your Shadow

John Carlin

RRP: £8.99

6 August 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782393290

RRP: £16.99

17 November 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782393269

RRP: £3.99

17 November 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782393283

In Chase Your Shadow, journalist and author John Carlin tells the gripping story of Oscar Pistorius’s tragic journey from sporting icon to accused murderer.

Before Valentine’s Day of 2013, Pistorius was best known as an extraordinary athlete, the ‘Blade Runner’ who became the first amputee in history to compete in the Olympics. Everything changed after he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead in the early hours of 14 February. Overnight, the Olympian’s status as a role model was replaced by tales of erratic behaviour and a violent dark side.

His seven-month trial was broadcast live around the globe, its twists and turns captivating millions. Carlin, who followed the drama inside the courtroom, provides a vivid first-hand account of Pistorius’s wrenching emotional breakdowns, the merciless interrogation to which he was submitted by the prosecutor, and the highly controversial judgment.

Carlin paints a portrait of a complex personality, a man whose life story reveals extremes of courage and insecurity, ambition and vulnerability, generosity and dangerous hot-headedness.

Not since the O. J. Simpson case has the world been more riveted by a champion’s heroic rise and calamitous fall.

REVIEWS

The strength of Carlin's superb book is that it weaves many disparate strands into a humane and sensitive overview of a case that shocked the world... The detail is fascinating... Subtle and wiseMatthew Syed
The Times ‘Book of the Week’

Reads like a taut courtroom drama... Vivid, gripping and illuminating... For those in search of a full rendering of the case in all its complexity, Carlin goes a long way to delivering the goods.Justice Malala
Sunday Times

Impressively up-to-the-minute... The Pistorius case will continue to divide opinion and Carlin's book is unlikely to be the last word on the matter. But his evident fairness, cool objectivity and robust scepticism will make it a hard act to follow.

Simon Shaw
Mail on Sunday

Carlin's account is framed by the progress of the Blade Runner's trial, but it's also a de facto biography that exposes his psychological incongruities
Independent

The strongest of the accounts... and the best at supplying a context for what unfolded... Carlin, a fine journalist, is clearly aware of the filmic potential of the tale... and his recreation of that Valentine's Day morning has the pace and energy of a movie script
Observer

The best account we are likely to get of the tragedy and its aftermath, with proper attention to the role of the remarkable judgeRichard Williams
Guardian, Best Sports Books of 2014