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The definitive account of the rise and fall of South African Olympic and gold medal-winning Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, from his personal and athletic success to the murder charge that rocked the world and put both the man, and post-Apartheid South Africa, on trial

Oscar Pistorius made history as the first amputee to compete against able-bodied runners at the 2012 London Olympics. A hero in his native South Africa, the “Blade Runner,” as he is known for his futuristic prosthetic legs, became a global icon of resilience and determination.

But less than a year later, Pistorius rocked the world once again when he shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, through a closed bathroom door in the early hours of February14, 2013. Charged with murder, he claimed self-defense, contending that he had acted in a blind panic, imagining an intruder had broken in. But as the investigation moved to trial—during which the prosecution sought to prove that he killed her in a rage after an argument—a picture emerged of a traumatized individual fascinated with guns and assailed, behind the heroic facade, by anguish and self-doubt.

Acclaimed journalist John Carlin follows the trials of this fallen champion, detailing his fraught upbringing, his almost superhuman rise to athletic glory, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding Steenkamp’s death. At the center of Pistorius’ story is South Africa—a young democracy stained by a history of racial disparity and levels of criminal violence that are among the highest in the world.

Thoughtful and probing, Chase Your Shadow offers a piercing look at this intriguing modern tragedy, bringing to life a complex figure and the troubled land that shaped him.

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  • “An engaging biography of the Olympic sprinter and convicted killer we thought we knew…The author has sufficient access to provide seemingly direct narration from the crime scene…Overall, Carlin’s reporting is detailed and quick moving…The author offers complete and absorbing coverage of this bizarre story, removing the mask from a previously one-dimensional role model. The fascinating story of a once-invincible man.”

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  • “Narrator Gideon Emery recounts the background story in an agreeable British accent and employs a South African accent for Pistorius and his family, Steenkamp’s family, and those involved in his legal case, as well as Pistorius’ acquaintances of other nationalities.”


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About the Author
Author John Carlin

John Carlin grew up in Argentina and in the UK and spent 1989–95 in South Africa as the Independent’s correspondent there. He has also writen for the (London) Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times. His previous books include Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, the basis of the Oscar-nominated film Invictus, and Knowing Mandela.