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Cliffy: The Cliff Young Story

Julietta Jameson

The ABC telemovie starring Kevin Harrington (The Dish, Seachange), celebrates the 30th anniversary of Cliffy’s great feat.

Cliff Young’s victory in the 1983 Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra-marathon was second only to the America’s Cup as the biggest sports story of the 1980s. Cliffy, with his laconic country style and shuffling gait, captured the hearts of the Australian public like few before or since.

But there was more to Cliff Young than the simple farmer who became an overnight sensation. Julietta Jameson has talked to those who knew and loved Cliffy to paint a rich, detailed portrait of the unknown side of the man. Who was he beforehand? What happened afterwards? Not just the gripping account of an amazing, iconic race—Cliffy is the book that tells the whole story.

Julietta Jameson
About the Author

Julietta Jameson is an Australian journalist with twenty-five years of international media experience as a news writer, columnist and feature writer. She has written a number of non-fiction works including The Ties That Bind and the memoir Me, Myself and Lord Byron.

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20 March 2013
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Praise for Julietta Jameson

‘A little corker of a story told with generous and fair pen…It’s a joy to read, with many chuckle-out-loud moments…Well worth a read.’

‘Jameson deftly re-creates the drama of the race and the comical colliding of two worlds—Cliffy’s Beech Forest team and Sydney’s A-list crowd—at the starting line on April 27, 1983…This is a compelling tale entertainingly told.’

‘[Jameson] evokes some of the excitement of his greatest win.’

‘Jameson retells the story with freshness, managing to convey the depth of Cliff’s characters with a light, very readable touch.’

‘It’s unfortunate that modern sport will likely never produce a story like Cliff Young’s ever again…The details scream tall tale: the way young trained in gumboots, the country speak…how his shuffling gait would carry him tirelessly past the more fancied runners in the field.’