The secrets behind the Headington Shark

Book jacket

You’ve seen the sculpture: now read Bill Heine’s book The Hunting of the Shark, published on 9 August 2011 (the Headington Shark’s 25th birthday).

After a quarter of a century of silence, at last Bill explains to Headington and the world just why and how a giant shark ended up on the roof of his New High Street house. He also reveals the hilarious but frightening battles he had with Oxford city council planners to retain Headington’s famous and much-loved landmark.

The book includes many previously unpublished photographs as well as the unexpurgated comments of everyone involved, from local neighbours and councillors to Sir Hugh Casson and Mohamed Al-Fayed.

Bill Heine, The Hunting of the Shark
Published by OxfordFolio, 2011
Paperback, 144pp. Price £14.99
ISBN 978-0-9567405-2-6

Reviews of The Hunting of the Shark:
Chris Gray in the Oxford Times
The Independent

Bill signs book

Where to buy


  • Crown Newsagents, London Road
  • Jacobs & Field, Old High Street
  • Pen to Paper, London Road


  • Blackwell’s, Broad Street
  • Waterstone’s, corner of Broad Street
  • W. H. Smith, Cornmarket
  • Central, Little Clarendon Street
  • Albion Beatnik Café Bookstore, Walton Street
  • Annie Sloan, Cowley Road
  • The Book House, Summertown
  • Bunter’s Deli, Hayfield Road
  • Indigo Oxford, 62 Cowley Road


  • Bookhouse

“Heine’s Headington Horror”

Shark debate

Waterstone’s in Oxford held a debate on the Headington Shark on Thursday 22 September 2011. Pictured above, left to right, are:

  • Against: Eddie Duller (former Editor of the Oxford Mail) and Richard Dick (Chief Executive of Lucy’s and former High Sheriff of Oxfordshire)
  • For: Annie Sloan (of Annie Sloan Paints) and Bill Heine.

© Stephanie Jenkins


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