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Behind the Lions: Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780270984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780270982
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A must for rugby lovers of any generation' --East Cork Journal

'utterly compelling' --Planet Rugby

'comfortably the most interesting and entertaining history of the Lions' --Irish Times

About the Author

Stephen Jones is the award-winning rugby correspondent of The Sunday Times and a former UK sports journalist of the year. He is the author of several books on the sport, including Lion Man: The Autobiography of Ian McGeechan, Midnight Rugby: Triumph and Shambles in the Professional Era, and Endless Winter: The Inside Story of the Rugby Revolution, which was the winner of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. Tom English is the award-winning chief sports writer for Scotland on Sunday and has been voted Scottish Sport Feature Writer of the Year five times. He is a former Irish rugby correspondent for The Sunday Times. He won Rugby Book of the Year at the 2010 British Sports Book Awards for The Grudge, his study of the 1990 Grand Slam decider between Scotland and England. Nick Cain is a rugby columnist for The Sunday Times and chief writer for The Rugby Paper. He edited Rugby World magazine for nine years, and is the co-author of The Lions Diary with Jeremy Guscott and Rugby Union for Dummies. David Barnes is a freelance journalist, covering rugby for various newspapers. He is the co-author of Jim Renwick s autobiography, Centre of Excellence, and of Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland, published in 2010.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Johnstone on 20 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Something of a Who's Who of Lions rugby, this is a totally gripping story, told in their own words, by dozens and dozens of the greats in the history of the Lions. The authors have done a superb job, not only in the depth and breadth of their research, but in the balance with which they have put the book together. Not only are all the highs and the lows a hugely enjoyable and entertaining read, but the spread of players interviewed from each country is equal, so that fans will never feel their own country's players are under-represented. All are legends and heroes of the game. This book has solved my Christmas gift problem for all my rugby-loving family and friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria on 20 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Far-ranging, poignant, hilarious, inspiring - this book has it all. It's impossible not to get excited by the prospect of a Lions tour when reading - it makes the whole history of the team more real. All the memories from watching past tours come flooding back, and hearing the stories from the men who have been there and done it makes them all the more magical. This is the finest book on the Lions I have read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Hutcheson on 14 Nov. 2012
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Superbly researched and brilliantly told, one of the best rugby books I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and only wish I could still play myself! - Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Polo121 on 14 Jan. 2013
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With in reason it is not anticipated that anyone who buys such a book would be disappointed because like me they will be a rugby nut and anything that help such enthusiasts submerge themselves into such history of the Lions, will always be satisfied with such a book as this. I am glad this has been published at this time because it helps set the tone leading up to a Lions year however something had to be done in the historic 125 years of this institution.
When I saw this back in November it was a must for me and I would think for most Lions fans however; I particularly think this has been a bad year for Rugby Union titles, and having this available, I was able to at least get one good rugby book for Christmas this year.
The book is well written and laid out well, it is easy to put the book down for a few days or weeks and simply come back to it as between each tour section. There is some memorable info in this book which I was unaware of. I am very much interested in sport history particular rugby, and this really gets you motivated in wanting to search for more.
This is a fascinating read and a big thanks goes out to the authors you have done a marvellous job.
Like I said this year has been awful in terms of the number of books worth buying however; no problems next year, just think of all the titles and DVDs available after the Australian series. Roll on Christmas!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annabelle on 8 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The authors have managed to get a mind-boggling amount of first-hand interviews - an inspired decision to have them all working together to get as many accounts as possible, straight from the mouths of the guys who have gone and done it and experienced playing for this iconic team. The research done to bring the first tours to life are amazing - this is no dry history, where you might skip the early chapters to get into the modern era. You want to read every account, from first to last. I love the idea of the early tourists taking it seriously by `only' drinking four glasses of champagne at lunch before a match! Amazing insights.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EAJC on 8 Nov. 2012
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A perfectly-timed history of the Lions - just as the excitement is building towards 2013 - and what makes this even better is that it is a history of the Lions like no other. The authors have done an extraordinary job to tell this story primarily in the players' words - from all the superstars of the modern era, right back to the very first tourists in 1888. Their research to dig up letters, diaries and old newspaper articles for the early tourists is just astounding - and casts a light on the early tours like no other. I can't recommend this enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Countess on 14 Nov. 2012
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An amazing read and a lovely book to either read from start to finish or just to delve into at your fancy. Each of the 28 tours the Lions have been on are given their own dedicated chapter - and the photographs spread throughout are just a delight (and there are literally hundreds of them). The production of the book is of the highest quality. Copies are being ordered right now as presents! Any rugby fan will love this, Lions fans especially.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael E. Crocker on 15 Jan. 2013
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down to earth presentation of the lions tours,offering unbiased points of view from the players and the management from the humble beginnings and basic arrangements of players welfare,venues,during the tours.
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