Mark Whitaker is a founding partner of the independent radio production company Pennine Productions. Since 2003 he has produced, written and presented more than twenty documentaries on BBC Radio 4. In 2004 he was awarded Silver in the Sports Category at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for his investigation into rugby culture in South West France – ‘The Land of the Oval Ball’.
He has written for The Times, Guardian, Independent, Observer and New Statesman. He was educated at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lives with his wife and two children in the hills of West Yorkshire.
Books by Mark Whitaker
Running for their Lives: The Extraordinary Story of Britain’s Greatest Ever Distance Runners
‘A poignant account of unrecognized achievement. I shall find it hard to forget the two runners in vests and shorts who stand side by side on the dustjacket of this book.’ – Bryon Rogers, Spectator
Set against a turbulent backdrop of 1920s South Africa, 1930s Canada, war-torn France and 1950s Britain, Running for Their Lives is a story peopled with remarkable characters, unimaginable feats and tragic twists of fate. More importantly it is a homage to two inspirational and eccentric men who only now receive the recognition they so richly deserve.
World Rights: Yellow Jersey Press (Random House)
Mark Whitaker is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Stan – firstname.lastname@example.org