Scottie marks a long-delayed return by Norman Harris to the New Zealand athletics scene in the 1960s, truly a Golden Age for that country. He ran with, and wrote about, all the leading runners, but to none was he closer than the maverick Neville Scott. That period inspired a flood of books, among them Lap of Honour, The Lonely Breed and The Legend of Lovelock, bringing praise for athletics writing said to be without equal in the English language.
Harris is a New Zealand born sportswriter who worked in the UK for the Sunday Times during the paper's golden years. He now lives in Durham.