Cinderfellas - Dave Lanning

Cinderfellas: When Speedway was Rock ‘n’ Roll

4.5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


  • Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781846248160

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Set in austerity, post World War Two Britain, Cinderfellas vividly portrays the characters and atmosphere of the first great 1940s entertainment sensation: speedway racing. Millions of war-weary, thrill-starved fans created a phenomenon out of the spectacle of stadium cinder racing before television, soap operas and rock n roll, making speedway a box office attraction ranking alongside cinema and football.

In a factional recreation of the sport, events and atmosphere of the time, Cinderfellas follows the rags to riches lives, loves and incredible careers of an animal-loving ex-jackaroo from the Australian outback who finds super-stardom, a Hollywood-style American extrovert, a laconic Londoner, a woman-chasing Glaswegian with a chip on his shoulder and twin sibling teenage rivals from the West Country.

4 reviews for Cinderfellas: When Speedway was Rock ‘n’ Roll

  1. 5 out of 5


    (From Amazon): If you are expecting a literary prize winning novel look elsewhere, but I could not put this one down. It fairly races, rattles and rushes along in the familiar Lanning style that he used to such good effect in various magazines such as TV Times and Speedway Star and that were a feature of his famous TV commentaries. Great fun to read, with some laugh-out-loud moments. Well drawn and complex characters abound. If you are a long term afficionado of speedway with knowledge of its history you will work out who some of the characters are based on. If you are not a speedway person, well, try it anyway and Lanning even gives us an alternative ending. The book is apparently based on a Film and TV screenplay that the author created some time ago and I expect this accounts for the frantic pace.

  2. 4 out of 5


    (From Amazon): Found it a rattling good read until the ‘end’. However the ‘first’ ending was not so much an ending but more a case of ceasing to write whereas the second ‘ending’ was better as an ending but one which, although realistic, was not one which I cared for and which I felt was still lacking. Would have preferred the the book to have been longer with more information about the outcome for most of the characters!
    Although not part of my review of this book (which overall I enjoyed) I would have thought that to make a film featuring speedway bikes of this era together with those size of crowds etc would be exremely difficult – but then what do I know about filming (or anything else for that matter)?
    PS. Dave Lanning is to Speedway what Murray Walker and Eddie Waring were to their sports of motor racing and rugby league, ie, some purists hated them but they certainly did so much to popularise their respective sports to the general public.

  3. 5 out of 5


    (From Amazon): Not at all what I expected but this book has everything! Excitement, passion, romance and tears all set in the last great era of British speedway. If only real life could be this good. Captures everything that is good about this great sport in a semi fictional setting. Why oh why has speedway fallen on such hard times? Read Cinderfellas and fall in love with it all over again.

  4. 4 out of 5


    (From Amazon): I found this book a bit difficult to get into, but once I did, I was glad I persevered with, as it turned out to be a good read.

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