Pan Mac goes for gold with Searle

Pan Mac goes for gold with Searle

Pan Macmillan has acquired a memoir by Olympic rowing gold medallist Greg Searle, who will be hoping to achieve his second gold medal in 2012, twenty years after his first.

Macmillan non-fiction publisher Jon Butler bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Be a Legend from Kate Shaw at The Viney Agency. Macmillan plans to publish in 2012.

Searle, who will be 40 next year, won Gold in the Coxed Pair alongside his brother Jonny at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. At the age of 20, he received an MBE. He also won a Bronze in the Coxless Four at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and was a finalist in the Coxless Pair at Sydney's Olympic Games in 2000.

Butler said: "Greg Searle's extraordinary comeback will be one of the stories of the London Olympics, regardless of his boat's performance. The final of the men's rowing eight will be watched by millions, and the story of Greg's fierce determination to be an Olympian again at the age of 40 will be on everyone's lips. This book will take the reader to the very heart of what it means to compete at this level, and provide a window into the fears, dreams and decisions that make up Greg's historic quest for glory."