Zátopek biography for Bloomsbury

Zátopek biography for Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury has signed a new biography of running legend Emil Zátopek, who went from working in a Czech factory to winning a three gold medals at the 1952 Olympics.

Sports publisher Charlotte Atyeo signed the book by Rick Broadbent, a Times sportswriter who has twice been nominated for the William Hill prize, in a deal with David Luxton Associates.

Atyeo said: "Zátopek had an extraordinary life both on and off the track. While this is an account of the greatest ever long-distance runner, it’s also a wonderful love story and a tale of hope and strength in the face of crushing injustices. I jumped at the chance to work with Rick on such a fantastic project and to bring Zátopek’s story to a wider audience."