Christopher Dodd is a journalist turned writer and historian, specialising in rowing. After thirty years helping to edit the Guardian, he co-founded the River & Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames, where he is a historian and curator.

PIECES of EIGHT Bob Janousek took British rowing by the scruff of the neck when he arrived in London from Prague in 1969 by challenging the world at the Montreal  Olympic Games in 1976. His hand-picked crews restored Britain to the Olympic and World medal podium, reversing catastrophic decline after the 1948 Olympic Games. Pieces of Eight is the story of a revolution told by the oarsmen and the coach who made it happen, and the newspapermen who reported its progress.

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