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Get Her Off the Pitch!: How Sport Took Over My Life [Kindle Edition]

Lynne Truss
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From the bestselling author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, a hilarious new book from Lynne Truss about her strange journey through the world of sport and sports journalism.

Get Her Off the Pitch! is the story of one woman's foray into the very masculine and rather baffling world of sport. Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, spent four years as an unlikely sports writer for The Times. It was a job that took her around the world (via the most difficult journeys and least glamorous hotels) and introduced her to some of the greatest living sportsmen (and many argumentative men with clipboards).

During her time at the newspaper she faced disdain from fellow sports writers; undertook last-minute, pre-fight research into 'The Rumble in the Jungle' (Muhammad Ali won, surprisingly); tried unsuccessfully to interpret bizarre commentary and memorize results statistics; wept at football matches and discovered a lasting love for golf. She was even nominated for Sports Writer of the Year.

Get Her Off the Pitch! is the hilarious, perceptive and at times moving account of those four strange years. It is perfect for those for whom sport is a matter of life and death, for those who have no idea what all the fuss is about - and for everyone in between.


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Praise for ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’:

‘If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood' Frank McCourt

'This book will stimulate and satisfy. It's worth its weight in gold.' Independent

'Lynne Truss deserves to be piled high with honours' Sunday Times

'She's very funny…like a travel writer, she negotiated a foreign country and brought to bear the outsiders clear view' Independent, Chris Maume

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'Who will want to read this book? Not the fans, obviously, nor the resolutely sport-ignorant. Just people like me who are largely indifferent to sport but enjoy literate, amusing, properly punctuated writing about anything.' Daily Mail 'she can write comedy for Britain' Times 'If you are a fan of Truss's self-depreciating moroseness you will hugely appreciate Get Her Off the Pitch!..her writing on sport was always worth reading.' The Times 'This is an amiable amble through the press boxes of the sporting world' Telegraph 'Truss is not only warm and witty on her personal journey from footie virgin to sports bore, she also delivers unique and piercing perspectives. What elevates it far beyond the average nostalgia trip is her trademark pith and an inventive way with simile and metaphor' Observer 'Get Her Off The Pitch is by turns hilarious, unpredictable and controversial. It's a terrific read, whether you love sport or are still wondering what all the fuss is about.' Mail on Sunday

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007305753
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007305745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007305742
  • ASIN: B002TU1QES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't cry for her, Alan Shearer 6 Jun. 2012
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The author lived in blissful ignorance of sport for about four decades of her life, prior to a sports editor deciding that she would be the ideal person to provide his newspaper with a different perspective on sport, particularly football. Having assured himself of her unfamiliarity with sport or its personalities, he offered her a job as sports writer. It lasted for about four years, at which point the author quit following the death of her sister, but it would be a few more years before a book was published about this period of her life,

This very funny book has chapters on some sports that the author ended up liking to varying degrees, these being boxing, football, tennis, golf and cricket, with one chapter devoted to rounding up sports that she never particularly enjoyed for a variety of reasons. As a spectacle, it seems that basketball was the worst for her, although motor racing wasn`t a lot better from her perspective. She indicates that she might have liked horse racing better, but she found the attitude of the regular sports writers to be particularly unpleasant. Shame, really, because her take on Royal Ascot might be entertaining, and of course would have given her an opportunity to wear one of those hats.

At one point think that she might like to have Alan Shearer's children, she ended up not liking him at all, Just as well she didn't have those children, eh?

The author was frustrated about many other things in her four years as a sports writer - transport and accommodation foremost among them. She bemoans the lack of directions for stadiums, suggesting that maybe the authorities don't see the need to signpost them as they tend to be conspicuous anyway, True, but it can still be confusing, especially if there are two near other.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, thoughtful and very well written. 7 July 2010
By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
"Get Her Off The Pitch" is a pleasure to read. There are a great many "laugh out loud" moments as you'd expect with this writer, but also many moments of thoughtful reflection that give the book depth and significance. While much of the writing is plainly autobiographical, there are passages here about sport and its place in our culture which are profoundly important and as such it is not a book limited to readers only interested in sport. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys good writing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 26 Oct. 2009
By Maria TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A funny and thoughtful view of Lynne Truss' life as a rather unconventional sports journalist. I'm sorry not to have been in the country when she did the actual pieces, but hopefully, it will not be the last time they take the opportunity to get an outsider's view on a traditional subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating Read 7 Aug. 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book. It's both thoughtful and humorous. It was a very good idea to make a young female, graduate "sporting agnostic" a sports reporter, and she offers a refreshing outsider's view into the largely male world of sport, its reporters, its followers, and the people who run it and participate in it.

I think what I enjoyed most was her comment at the end: "I am mostly very proud of having been a sports writer, and grateful that I was given the chance to do something so extraordinary - and I can be quite sharp with anyone who is snobby about sport, that's for sure".

Good for you, Lynne Truss, and thanks for a good book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trussed Up 21 Jan. 2010
By Neutral VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Lynn Truss has written a funny, if occasionally crude, book which covers the range of emotions journalists regularly experience in reporting the over-rated world of sport. Sports writing "is not so much a job as a predicament". It's not all about the contest but finding a seat in the stadium, checking the television replay, or even arguing with officials about your press pass. It's also about putting sport into its proper context as Boris Becker did after suffering an unexpected loss at Wimbledon, "Nobody died. I just lost a tennis match". By comparison, of course, Bill Shankley said, "Some people think football's a matter of life and death. It's more serious than that."

What Truss learned was that sport in the flesh is significantly different from that seen on the screen. She described Lennox Lewis knocking out Frans Botha with a punch which left the South African suffering "the sort of undignified exit usually associated with two muscular nightclub bouncers with the benefit of a run-up." That Lewis could deliver such a powerful punch from rest left Truss gasping for superlatives. "I can only report it's worth seeing". Presumably as long as you're not on the receiving end.

Professing total ignorance Truss soon learned the tools of the trade in football were knowing the club's ground (and being able to find it!!), the names of the manager and chairman and the club's nickname. Unable to find one ground she asked the way and was gently pointed in the direction of massive floodlights, a sure sign of the heavenly city. Eventually her travelling redefined her image of the places she visited and she found herself drawn into the emotion of the games (who didn't when David Ellary appeared to rob Chesterfield of a place in the FA Cup Final?).
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5.0 out of 5 stars More insight than she gives herself credit for 18 Feb. 2013
Format:Paperback
One of the editors at the Times had a quirky idea: take Lynne Truss - at this stage, before the publication of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, a middle-aged female television critic who has no interest in sport - and send her to sporting events to provide articles that will add colour to the newspaper's coverage. And it worked. For four years, Truss lived as a sportswriter, with the long journeys, periods away from home and all the frustrations that comes with it. Truss writes with good humour - those who have read Eats, Shoots and Leaves will know what to expect, although the subject matter is completely different. Some of the analysis she provides about the sports that she professed to have no knowledge of or interest in is astounding and her chapter on the Ryder Cup is brilliant. That leads on to my one reservation. Truss surely over-exaggerates her lack of knowledge and interest in sport to play up the theme of her being an outsider in the world of a sportswriter. I read the claim that she didn't know that England were to host Euro 96 until her editor told her, nor that she knew who Terry Venables or Alan Shearer were, with a great deal of scepticism. It's almost as though, at times, she isn't willing to admit how much she became part of the whole sport circus that she is gently mocking. Still, it's a great and different read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From a female perspective...
Truss is good value and good company here as she takes you on a fairly original view on sports journalism in the UK. Read more
Published 4 months ago by keen reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Good first half then drifts
This is a book of two halves. I found the first half to be fresh and enjoyable. The author has an amusing turn of phrase and it was interesting to get her take on being a female in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Damo Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Playing the "girly" card a bit too often
Labours the theme a bit. Truss persists in portraying herself as the girly innocent abroad but I wouldn't want to be standing between her and a job she wanted.
Published 11 months ago by Neil
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Rubbish book from a non sports writer who thinks she is.
Published 11 months ago by andrew g
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing
Whether you like sport or not, I would recommend this book. It's full of funny stories and a fascinating insight into the life of a sports journalist.
Published 20 months ago by carol swetenham
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I have ever read.
This is easily one of the funniest books I have ever read and since I bought it I have bought it for numerous amounts of people as gifts...even my Dad liked it! Read more
Published on 29 May 2013 by REBECCA
5.0 out of 5 stars football fans and more
Lynne Truss is hilarious. Many people used to think that women were not funny/are not funny. - forget it Lynne Truss ( and others obviously) is really funny. Read more
Published on 3 Jun. 2011 by Tambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book was for my Father for Fathers Day and he rated that it was Great, and well recommended.
Published on 18 July 2010 by KatieRobertson
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