Books by Christopher Dodd


Pieces of Eight is a masterpiece. If you want to know why rowing is one of Britain’s ‘Formula One’ Olympic sports you should read this book.

— Lord Moynihan, former chairman of the British Olympic Association

Pieces of Eight reveals how Janousek and his squad broke the private navies and pulled down rowing’s social barriers — two phenomena that hampered the sport’s progress in Britain for a hundred years. He taught the Brits to win again, and they have been setting records and winning medals since, all the way to London 2012.

Pieces of Eight is a fascinating book, full of drama and colour, in which the world of top-class rowing in the 1970s is vividly brought to life. It is essential reading for anyone interesting in rowing, sport in the 1970s or understanding what it takes to build world-class teams.

- Professor Tony Collins, Director of the International Centre for Sports History & Culture, De Montfort University

Published by River & Rowing Museum


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Over the years of my involvement in rowing, I have heard what might best be characterised as towpath stories of the Janousek eights of '74 and '76, told of course in the manner of legend being passed from one generation to the next, but those stories were always tantalisingly brief, and lacked the colour and tapestry necessary to bring to life the epic journey, achievements and legacy of those crews, for those of us who were only children - and hadn't even found the sport - at the time.  With your wonderful memoir now in print, the history has finally been written for all of us who love rowing to read and marvel at.  It was an absolutely compelling read, so I felt I had to write to express my appreciation for such a great book.

- Neil Chugani, coxswain