Shortlisted for the best new writer category of the British Sports Book Awards, 2010
On an overcast April day in 2003, David and James Livingston raced against each other in the 149th Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Watched by over seven million people, it was the first time for over 100 years that brothers had battled against each other in this gladiatorial contest. Only one could be victorious.
In Blood Over Water, David and James tell their stories for the first time, giving an intimate insight into one of our best-loved national sporting occasions, whilst also describing a brotherly relationship tested to breaking point. It is an emotional and searching joint self-portrait that looks at the darker side of sibling rivalry and asks just what you would be willing to sacrifice to achieve your dreams.
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Gripping true story of brothers on opposing teams
It's a great story told as a first person narrative by the two brothers. It gives a wonderful sense of the total commitment required to row in the Boat Race and the strain it put on their relationship.
No. I found his faux-British accent grating and his mis-pronunciation of words like Michaelmas, Eyot and Surrey were shocking and showed a lack of research on his, and the producers part. In places it was almost un-listenable.
Sometimes blood isn't thicker than water.
I knew of the story of the Livingstone brothers and the Boat Race so I was really looking forward to listening to the audiobook. However it was pretty much ruined by the performance. Why the producers couldn't have got a British performer who was aware of how to pronounce the text is beyond me.
- D. Spring