To those of a certain age, Eddie Waring's trademark trilby and contorted vowels conjure golden memories of 1970s light entertainment: an era in which a humble rugby-league commentator with a comical accent could line up alongside stars such as Morecambe and Wise. At the height of his success, Waring was regularly referenced on Monty Python's Flying Circus and imitated by impressionist Mike Yarwood, and he co-hosted ratings smash It's a Knockout.
Yet, many fellow northerners viewed Waring's on-screen persona as an embarrassing regional stereotype. To his critics, he was the unwitting stooge of an organisation riddled with class snobbery and rugby-union bias, dedicated to keeping the 13-a-side code and, by extension, the north of England in its place. The truth was far less simple.
Being Eddie Waring reveals how Waring was a true sporting pioneer whose influence is still being felt more than 20 years after his death. Containing first-hand accounts from those who worked with Waring and knew him best, this book traces his childhood years in poverty-stricken Dewsbury through to his final days blighted by illness and shrouded in mystery. In doing so, it reveals a talented, pugnacious man who took rugby league into the nation's living rooms like no one before or since.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 241 x 161 x 28 mm
"Tony has done a terrific job in telling his story - there are lots of things in the book which I even didn't know about" -- Tony Waring, son of Eddie Waring
"[Waring] has been gloriously resurrected in this excellent book" * Sunday Herald *
"A detailed and ultimately moving look at an always interesting life" * The Observer *
"A lovingly crafted biography" * The Independent *
"Impressively researched . . . This book rightfully rehabilitates Waring as far more of a pioneer than a mere musical-hall act" * Independent on Sunday *