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Ryan, Mark 1962 January 5-

Overview
Works: 21 works in 77 publications in 2 languages and 1,711 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Other, Contributor
Classifications: D810.S8, 940.53489092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Mark Ryan
The hornet's sting : the amazing untold story of World War II spy Thomas Sneum by Mark Ryan( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Danish and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the career of the late Danish-born spy, drawing on extensive interviews to recount some of his more dramatic missions, his two escapes from Denmark, and his imprisonment in England as a suspected double agent
The last torpedo flyers : the true story of Arthur Aldridge, hero of the skies by Arthur Aldridge( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imagine you are an RAF torpedo pilot in World War Two, sent on missions so dangerous that you're later likened to the Kamikaze. Suicide wasn't a recognised part of the objective for British airmen, yet some pilots felt they had accepted certain death just by climbing into their cockpits. There were times in 1942 when Arthur Aldridge felt like this. At the age of 19, this courageous young man had quit his studies at Oxford to volunteer for the RAF. He flew his Bristol Beaufort like there was no tomorrow - a realistic assumption, after seeing his best friend die in flames at the end of 1941. Aldridge was awarded a DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) for his bravery on the same strike on a German cargo ship during which he lost a wing tip by flying too close to the deck. He was equally lucky to survive his squadron's chaotic torpedo attack on the giants of Hitler's maritime fleet during the notorious Channel Dash. As 1942 wore on, and the stress became intolerable, Aldridge and his Cockney gunner Bill Carroll held their nerve, and 'Arty' was awarded a Bar to his DFC for sinking two enemy ships off Malta and rescuing a fellow pilot while wounded. Malta was saved by the skin of its teeth, Rommel denied vital supplies in North Africa, and the course of the war was turned. Aldridge was still only 21 years old. Now both 91, but firm friends as ever, Aldridge and Carroll are two of the last torpedo airmen who deserve their place in history alongside our heroic Spitfire pilots. Their story vividly captures the comradeship that existed between men pushed by war to their very limit
Running with fire : the true story of 'Chariots of fire' hero Harold Abrahams by Mark Ryan( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Immortalised in the film 'Chariots of Fire', Harold Abrahams remains one of the all-time-great British Olympians. But his true story, told for the first time in this official biography, is in many ways even more dramatic and moving than the distorted version previously seen on the big screen. Although it is true that Abrahams overcame anti-Semitism to become Britain's first 100 metres Olympic champion in 1924, Mark Ryan's powerful book reveals just how much more Harold suffered - and had to sacrifice - on a personal level before he reached the top."--Jacket
Justine Henin : from tragedy to triumph by Mark Ryan( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tennis pro Henin weathered a series of family tragedies and personal hurdles during her rise to the top of the WTA rankings. Ryan offers a compelling, sensitive account of this most talented of players
The first VCs : the moving true story of First World War heroes Maurice Dease and Sidney Godley by Mark Ryan( )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What would you do if you were struck by an enemy bullet in wartime, then realised you were still alive? For most of us, that would be the end of our fight. If we were capable of thought while we tried to cope with the pain, we'd probably hope to be rushed to hospital, so that someone could save our lives. But a hundred years ago, in the opening battle of the First World War at Mons, two young men didn't react like that. Lieutenant Maurice Dease and Private Sidney Godley, born only weeks apart into sharply contrasting worlds, shared the same defiance. They didn't think of themselves and went back for more, sustaining dreadful wounds in the process. One man died, the other lived - pieced back together painstakingly by the Germans, who had taken so many casualties of their own while overrunning the British position. Together Dease and Godley became the first winners of the Victoria Cross in the Great War
Down but not out : the incredible story of Second World War airman Maurice 'moggy' Mayne by Maurice Mayne( )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maurice 'Moggy' Mayne was a cricket-loving air gunner in the Second World War, with a pretty girlfriend back home in rural England. His turret was in a Bristol Beaufort - and his pilot had to fly with almost suicidal bravery at giant German warships before releasing his torpedo. No wonder 'Moggy's' first pilot cracked up and his second liked to drink. When he was shot down, Moggy miraculously survived - unlike his best friend Stan. However, 'Moggy' was sent to Stalag Luft VIII-B, an infamous German POW camp near the Polish border
Operation insanity by Dick Westley( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1995, the Bosnian town of Gora de came under attack from the Bosnian Serb Army, despite having been designated a Safe Area by the United Nations. Soldiers of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, sent to the area as UN peacekeepers, outnumbered, lacking firepower and without air support, began to be taken hostage by the encroaching Serbian forces, while the city itself came under bombardment. The entire British venture could have been summed up in two words: "Operation Insanity". The author, then a thirty-two year old major, knew he had to act quickly and decisively to have any chance of saving the lives not only of the men under his command, but of Gora de's 45,000 inhabitants. Colonel Westley's reflections on a horrendous period of modern history are harrowing and unforgettable. At one point, he witnessed the murder of a young Bosniak boy by Serbian snipers, and he himself was wounded by shrapnel while directing the defence against an attack by renegade Muslims. Yet his is also a very human story, from the gallows humour of the SAS team to his friendship with Selma, a female Muslim interpreter, whose courage and skill inspired him. Two decades on, his story is as relevant as ever
Fabio Capello : the boss by Mark Ryan( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tie-break! : Justine Henin-Hardenne, tragedy & triumph by Mark Ryan( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lowdown : a short history of the World Cup by Mark Ryan( )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every four years, cities and villages all over the globe come to a standstill to watch the most passionate sporting spectacle on earth: football's World Cup. A TV audience of 260 million people watched the World Cup final between Italy and France in 2006. The audience around the world for the games in the tournament came to a cumulative 5.9 billion in 54 countries. And 41% of those television viewers were women. Records will probably be smashed yet again at World Cup 2010 in South Africa. But how did this phenomenon begin, this tournament that captures our attention like no other? And what are the standout moments in its history? Mail on Sunday journalist, Mark Ryan gives a fascinating insight into the story and the people behind the tournament, the key players and teams who have inspired millions of people around the globe to cheer their team on to glory and to see their country claim that most prized sporting trophy in the history of the "beautiful game."
Justine Henin : from tragedy to triumph by Mark Ryan( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life story of one of the greatest women tennis players of all time
The true story of Arthur Aldridge - hero of the skies by Arthur Aldridge( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is Arthur Aldridge's story of being an RAF torpedo bomber pilot during the Second World War, of being sent on missions so dangerous that you're later likened to the Kamikaze
Fabio Capello : the man, the dream, the inside story by Mark Ryan( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the glory : two Olympics, two wars, two heroes by Mark Ryan( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For The Glory is the true story of Babe Slater and Rudy Scholz, opposites in many ways, who starred in the US Olympic rugby teams that shocked the world by winning gold medals at the Antwerp Games of 1920 and the Paris Games of 1924
Total world sport( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The amazing untold story of Second World War spy Thomas Sneum by Mark Ryan( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Thomas Sneum's story is amazing and it inspired my novel, Hornet Flight. His true story is the kind that should be remembered by future generations.' Ken Follett
A short history of the World Cup by Mark Ryan( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every four years, cities and villages all over the globe come to a standstill to watch the most passionate sporting spectacle on earth: football's World Cup. A TV audience of 260 million people watched the World Cup final between Italy and France in 2006. The audience around the world for the games in the tournament came to a cumulative 5.9 billion in 54 countries. And 41% of those television viewers were women
A short history of the World Cup by Mark Ryan( Recording )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Ryan gives a fascinating insight into the story and the people behind the tournament, the key players and teams who have inspired millions of people around the globe to cheer their team on to glory and to see their country claim that most prized sporting trophy in the history of the 'beautiful game'
World rugby by Mark Ryan( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Packed with information on the greatest games and moments, memorable defeats, legendary players and headline-grabbing events from around the globe and throughout history ... Divided into five geographical chapters covering the main areas in which rugby is played- Oceania, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia- the reader can get a feel for the triumphs and styles of those regions. Within the chapters the entries are presented chronologically from rugby's beginnings in the late nineteenth century right up to the dynamic game of the new millennium. A select number of rugby league entries are also included
Try for the gold : America's Olympic rugby medals by Mark Ryan( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The hornet's sting : the amazing untold story of World War II spy Thomas Sneum
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Running with fire : the true story of 'Chariots of fire' hero Harold AbrahamsJustine Henin : from tragedy to triumphFabio Capello : the bossTie-break! : Justine Henin-Hardenne, tragedy & triumphThe lowdown : a short history of the World CupJustine Henin : from tragedy to triumphFabio Capello : the man, the dream, the inside storyFor the glory : two Olympics, two wars, two heroes
Alternative Names
Mark Ryan auteur

Mark Ryan journalist and author

Mark Ryan journalist og forfatter

Ryan, Mark 1962 Jan. 5-

Languages
English (72)

Danish (4)