Cinderfellas: When Speedway was Rock ‘n’ Roll

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 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.

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

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Book Guild

    (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Book Guild

    (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.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Book Guild

    (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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