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Mark Cavendish: On top of the world (Guardian Shorts Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

The Guardian , William Fotheringham
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Book Description

If Mark Cavendish did not exist, what mind could invent him? In a world of homogenized sportspeople, he is a welcome one-off. Volatile, demanding, unwilling to hide his emotions, desperate to establish himself as one of cycling's all‑time greats, disinclined to suffer fools but keen to exploit every opportunity to promote a sport he loves for itself and its history as much as for what it has brought him. And, right now, our very best. This collection of the Guardian's finest sports writing charts the rise of the phenomenon that is Cav, from his early professional appearances to 2011's Green Jersey triumph.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books; 1 edition (22 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A worthwhile little purchase. Useful to read the early articles when Cav came was up and coming. Interesting little snippets about other riders too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our Greatest Living Sportsmen 18 Dec. 2013
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The 'Guardian shorts' gives the reader an excellent progression of Mark Cavendish's career. It is from impartial (though enthusiastic journalist) and we see the flaws and utter conviction of this gifted cyclist. His Olympic disappointments are painful to read about and his triumphs are genuinely moving. Cavendish can be irascible and at times and explosive but no one can doubt his desire to be the best - the fastest on two wheels. His record of tour wins is unprecedented for a English athlete (or Manxman) and his exploits are vividly recalled in this compelling series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great short 27 Sept. 2013
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A great short read charting Cav's rise to the top. Full of great articles by journalists who know their stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to catch up on a persons career 27 Dec. 2012
By Herbie Green VINE VOICE
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These Guardian shorts are a great way to catch up on a persons career, pulling together all the articles in chronological order, and adding some linking text, to provide a reasonable and easily read biography. They also tell it in the language and context of the episodes they describe, as they are unedited and just as they would have appeared at the time they were published.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Manx Missile in Review 30 April 2012
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The concept of the digitally published instant book has many advantages and two of them shine through in Mark Cavendish on the Top of the World. The first is that here is a good example of a collection of stories for people who love cycling but don't read newspapers. The stories are excellent and can stand alone but when they are linked together form a solid narrative of one of the world's most sought after cyclists. The second is that because the book doesn't have to go through a long publishing process you end up with up to date material that is still relevant at the moment you are reading it.

As for Cavendish, he's a fascinating character. Sympathetic, inspiring, dramatic and amazingly fast, the Manx missile makes history almost every time he climbs on a bike. After catching up on his life in this book I'm interested in learning even more.
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