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Dario Speedwagon: The Rise of a Champion Hardcover – 18 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (18 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184158763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841587639
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know that many football fans have their own favourites and vivid memories of indelible deeds by their heroes. But there are some players who transcend tribal loyalty and create their own special pieces of history. Davie Cooper was one such talismanic figure for me and I am delighted to offer Amazon readers the chance to read my new biography of the great man. This book has turned into a bit of a labour of love for me, but I have been indebted to such football luminaries as Sir Alex Ferguson, Craig Brown, Gordon Smith, Bobby Russell, Tom Boyd, Andy Roxburgh and Billy Davies for sharing their memories of "Coop" with me.I have also received much-appreciated help from a wide number of supporters, many of whose stories are carried in these pages. Davie was a quiet man, somebody who struggled to regard himself as a superstar - and there are many poignant stories of his down-to-earth nature - but he was a sublime football talent and I hope that I have done him justice in these 84,000 words. I would also like to hear what YOU, the readers make of it, because this book could not have been written without the contributions and assistance of scores of people, who marvelled at Davie's powers.
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Hello, I've been working as a journalist since the late 1980s and was involved in the launch of "Scotland on Sunday", which was one of the most enjoyable periods of my career. I attended a wide number of global sporting events including the 1991 and 1995 Rugby World Cups - the latter was particularly memorable - the 1997 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which were a wonderful experience.
I began writing books in 2005 with my account of Freuchie's triumphal march to Lord's in 1985 - "Dad's Army" gained a string of good reviews, but didn't exactly trouble the best-sellers list. I then ghosted Alan Rough's autobiography - which was good fun - and wrote a biography of Walter Smith, which is now in its third edition, and still selling well. The newest volumn runs to over 110,000 words and takes the story all the way through to Smith exiting Rangers with another SPL title in his bag.
It is available on Amazon at a very competitive price!
I have also written a forthcoming book, "Southern Comfort", which is a history of Borders rugby as told by the likes of John Rutherford, Colin Deans, Roy Laidlaw, Jim Renwick, Chris Paterson, Jim Telfer and many others, with a foreword by the legendary Australian winger, David Campese.
It will be published in September and will also be available on Amazon.
I will keep readers updated on news about the launch.
If anybody wants to contact me, they can do so at
Thanks for your time.
Neil Drysdale

July 2011

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This work is a very welcome addition to the bookshelves, giving recognition to one of Scotland's greatest yet least celebrated contemporary sporting heroes. --The Scotsman

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Neil Drysdale has been involved in journalism since the mid-1980s and has been praised for the quality of his writing across a wide range of sports. He was an award-winning writer with the Scotland on Sunday for 15 years, but now works freelance, mostly for the Herald and the Sunday Times. He is the author of two sports autobiographies -most recently the best-selling SilverSmith: the Biography of Walter Smith - and of Dad's Army, an account of Freuchie's famous march to Lord's in pursuit of the National Village Cricket Cup in 1985. He is married and lives in Falkirk.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graham L on 11 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dario Speedwagon, even the title sums up what you are going to find in this book. Although it was written by someone who knew Dario during his early years in motorsport, the contents of this book are very disappointing. When I spoke to Dario about this book earlier this year he was not happy it had been published. The author apparently made no attempt to contact Dario for permission to write the book or for background information. We are therefore left with a book full of information from previously published articles and hearsay. I found it a very poor read and does not give the reader an insight into the life of Dario Franchitti. As a big fan of Dario I can't wait for a proper biography on this very talented racing driver. I wouldn't recommend this book !!
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Not as good as I'd hoped. Very tabloid in style. Hope a true autobiography is done at some point.
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