The Tragedy of Randolph Turpin
by Jack Birtley
New English Library, 1975, [First Edition], b/w photographic plates, hardback, dustjacket,
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, age-toning to pages,
'The story of Randolph Turpin is in the classic mould of rags to riches but then, regrettably, bag to rags again. Author Jack Birtley say Turpin fight as a boy and later became a family friend - always his admirer. He spent over three years researching in order to write this book and the result is not simply a biography of a man who fought - almost literally - out of the slums of Leamington, but an analysis ... a reason why Turpin went up in the ranks of boxers, and came down so tragically ending his life with suicide.'