This week saw the official launch party for Redemption – the true life story of how the former and prolific armed robber John McAvoy found redemption through sport and turned his life around. The book takes the reader on a gripping journey recounting John’s childhood, his early dalliances and interactions with some of the biggest names in the criminal underworld, to his meteoric rise as Britain’s most wanted armed robber, to spending time in Belmarsh High Security prison alongside the convicted 7/7 bombers and the Muslim cleric Abu Hamza.

 

Written by John McAvoy and Mark Turley, the book recounts the fast-paced and fascinating life story of a former career criminal, now world record holder and endurance athlete. Thanks to everyone who attended the London Rowing Club, and Mike Garnell Photography for the launch photographs.

 

Redemption has been met with a tide of media acclaim and has hit the coveted number 1 spot in Amazon's Sports Books category. Here is a selection of the hardest-hitting, most entertaining articles, a BBC podcast to download, and a sample chapter from the book:

 

Click here to read John McAvoy’s inspirational interview with CNN: ‘From iron bars to Ironman - how armed robber John McAvoy changed his life.’

 

Audio/ downloadable mp3 of John’s BBC Radio 4 ‘One on One’ interview with Sir Trevor MacDonald – on the subject of redemption.

 

Click here to ‘Meet John McAvoy, the former criminal who is aiming to become the world’s best long-distance triathlete’ – with Jim White of the Telegraph.

 

Another great interview with Luke Bradshaw at TheCultureTrip.com. 'At the time of writing, John McAvoy holds four British records and remains the only lightweight rower to have held all three ultra-endurance world records at once...'

 

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Redemption.

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