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Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Monday 7 March at 7 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

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Approaching Ali
Approaching Ali:
A Reclamation in Three Acts

is published in hardback by
Liveright at £16.99.

Click here for details of the
I Am The Greatest
exhibition at The O2
.

Davis Miller and Muhammad Ali

Davis Miller
Approaching Ali

A Reclamation in Three Acts

We all know of Ali at the height of his ‘superstar’ status, but what of the boxing champion in his retiring years? Davis Miller’s Approaching Ali is the single most intimate look at Muhammad Ali’s life beyond boxing. Since 1988 when Miller knocked on the door of his childhood idol and asked for his collection of magazines to be signed, he has become a great personal friend of Ali and the respect has been mutual, with Ali telling Miller of the wisdom he can feel “rumblin’ around inside [him].”

The short stories in this biography portray Ali who is now physically frail but charged with a great spiritual energy and an almost superhuman strength of mind. Maya Angelou has described the book as “lyrical, important, and rigorously humanizing. There is music and truth in the sentences he writes.” Having had Parkinson’s disease for forty years, almost half of his life, Ali has suffered with dignity and it is this very human, fallible side of him — no less graceful and inspiring — that Miller wishes to bring to light with his biography. Miller’s voice is tender, sometimes melancholy and often vivacious, always ready to take inspiration in the most unexpected ways from his idol and his “multi-lived, many-hearted, confounding, irrepressible, fantastic, and finally undefinable friend.”

Davis Miller, whose story My Dinner with Ali was judged by David Halberstam to be one of the best American sports stories of the twentieth century, is the internationally best-selling author of The Tao of Muhammad Ali and co-curator of the I Am The Greatest exhibition at The O2. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina in the USA.

Forthcoming events


Thursday 28 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair: The Last London

Thursday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

The Potato Show
An evening with John Hegley
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Friday 13 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

Lottie Moggach: Under the Sun
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Thursday 26 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Travis Elborough: The Vinyl Countdown

Wednesday 1 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Gentle Author: East End Vernacular

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm
at Conway Hall

Michael Rosen: So They Call You Pisher!
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Friday 24 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucinda Hawksley
Dickens and Christmas

Past events and news


Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place

Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman
in conversation

Mark Thomas: The Liar’s Quartet

Jacqueline Wilson: Wave Me Goodbye

Stuart Heritage and Jonathan Dean
Writing Family

Julian Woodford
The Boss of Bethnal Green

Will Ashon: Strange Labyrinth

Dave Randall: Sound System
The Political Power of Music

Peter Walker: Bike Nation
How Cycling Can Save the World

Eugenia Cheng: Beyond Infinity

Jake Arnott: The Fatal Tree

Michael Rosen
The Disappearance of Émile Zola

Fundraising event for
refugee charity Care4Calais
Poetry and prose readings with
Julie Christie, Niall Buggy,
David Calder, Andy de la Tour
and Susan Wooldridge

Book signing on publication day
Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Shami Chakrabarti discusses
the importance of libraries
Inaugural annual Lantern Lecture