No Ordinary Man by Dr Graeme Woodfield and Joseph Romanos

No Ordinary Man – The Remarkable Life of Arthur Porritt
Authors: Dr Graeme Woodfield and Joseph Romanos

No Ordinary Man is the long-overdue biography of a remarkable New Zealander.

Arthur Porritt was a multi-faceted New Zealander who achieved great things in several spheres. Among his achievements:

A Rhodes Scholar in 1923.

An Olympic sprint medallist, in 1924, in the 100m final made famous by the film Chariots of Fire. He remains New Zealand’s only Olympic sprint medallist.

A widely-respected and much-honoured surgeon, who became president of the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Medical Association, two of  the two major medical organisations in Britain.

A member of the International Olympic Committee for more than half a century, and chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation for 18 years.

A decorated war hero, who was present during the D-Day landings.

Surgeon to the Royal Family from 1936-67.

The Governor-General of New Zealand from 1967-72. He was the first New Zealand-born Governor General.

Knighted and later elevated to the peerage. He was an active member of the British House of Lords for nearly 20 years.

In addition to their own research, the authors – one a medical doctor, the other a sports writer – have been given Porritt’s extensive unpublished memoirs, and have made maximum use of them in compiling No Ordinary Man.