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A Man of All Talents
A Man of All Talents

A Man of All Talents

The Extraordinary Life of Douglas 'Duggy' Clark


256 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $30.95)

Publication Date: December 2020

ISBN 9781785316821

Rights: US & CA

Pitch Publishing (Dec 2020)


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A Man of All Talents is the remarkable story of rugby and wrestling legend Douglas "Duggy" Clark. Born in 1891 in the sleepy Cumbrian village of Maryport, at 14 he left school to work for his father's coal merchant business. Duggy grew into an exceptionally strong but quiet and reserved young man. His two great passions were rugby and Cumberland and Westmorland-style wrestling, and he excelled at both. By 24 he was already a rugby league great and a key member of Huddersfield's "Team of All Talents," winning every honor the sport could offer. He represented Britain in the infamous 1914 "Rorke's Drift" tour of Australia before being called up to serve in the Great War. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, but his war injuries were so severe he was discharged with a 20% disability certificate. Doctors gave Duggy an ultimatum: either he could stay home and live a long but sedate and ordinary life or risk his health by returning to sport. He chose the latter and went on to achieve more extraordinary and pioneering feats.


"For a man who achieved so much in life, Clark's story has finally been preserved in a narrative that does his legacy proud. The Man of All Talents has been crafted as a labor of love, and this is clear from its opening pages." –Bradley Craig, Slam Wrestling