- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd (1 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190805106X
- ISBN-13: 978-1908051066
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sporting Chancer: One Man's Journey to Take On the World (Know the Score) Paperback – 1 May 2011
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**Shortlisted for the Best New Writer at the 2012 British Sports Book Awards**
"Ed Hawkins, the raffish gambling "expert", if there is such a thing, and sometime contributor to this newspaper, has a book out. Shock news: it's not at all bad." --Evening Standard
"A hilarious solo journey of a dry-humoured Englishman trying to come to terms with the Australian psyche, out-of-control English cricket fans and the unique characteristics of the different places he visits whilst doing his best to reach his pre-trip target of betting winnings. This is a superb book and as ever with Ed, I'm anything but surprised." --Betfair
About the Author
A sportswriter for more than 15 years, Ed Hawkins is best known for his work as a gambling journalist. He won the SJA Sports Betting Writer of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and has written for The Times, Guardian and Racing Post. Ed previously collaborated on the autobiography of West Indies cricket legend Michael Holding, who he now pesters for racing tips.
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Top Customer Reviews
I also enjoyed the book as it is about something I knew about namely the disasterous 2006-2007 Ashes series where Australia whitewashed England 5-0. However there are also bits about poker playing in Las Vegas, Cock Fighting in New Orleans and a visit to a Glaswegian Bingo Hall.
Another good thing about the book is that the author despite being a betting man differentiates between the hopeless souls you find in the bookmakers who have to have a bet on anything and everything and those who research the sport, trying to gain whatever edge they can over the bookmaker. He also talks about the perils of gambling and shows that behind every success story there are those people whose lives have been destroyed by it.
A good read for anyone interested in sports betting.
Wouldn't recommend this book, I'm sure there are better betting biographies around where its more about the actual betting and not some posh boy making out he's much better than everyone else.
tale of his travels in pursuit of the elusive big win, describing in detail some of his friends and acquaintances on the way.
One of the best value-for-money books I have purchased recently.
Very funny book with a lot of intelligent and funny comments in between.Buy it you'll love it
The story in brief: Ed Hawkins loses his job as a racing tipster. He attempts to finance his way through a trip to the entire 2006-07 Ashes series by high-risk betting on the games. He goes to Vegas and plays in a poker tournament. He seeks out and bets on cock fighting. He gets a nasty illness and goes to play bingo in Glasgow.
The outcome of this odd meld is that what starts out as a lighthearted road trip descends very much into a journey to gambling's darkest side.
If you are at all a betting person you should read this book as surely you will see your own reflection somewhere along the line. But what stands out is Hawkins' sharp eye and pen when it comes to other people; if his betting doesn't always hit the bull's eye (and that's another part of the book's appeal), his observations of human oddities certainly does.
That Hawkins manages to also contemplate the wonderment of county cricket souvenir shops is just another of the many highlights.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
you're probably like me. i bought this book because i wanted to read about someone bucking the long-term odds by living by their wits, and somehow getting along by their sporting... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by Biffer Spice
I've not got anything constructive to say. I found it a bit boring and found myself starting at the end of each chapter in an attempt to see if he won anything. Read morePublished on 4 April 2012 by Mr. Peter Davies
Found this very entertaining and funny, a great account of what is a very ballsy idea, to live off gambling profits even for a few months, and Hawkins description of the ups and... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2012 by ADK1984
Just a great concept for a travel book. The demands Hawkins places on himself means he travels in the purest sense. Read morePublished on 31 July 2011 by travelo
I have long since been fascinated with everything to do with gambling: the industry, the psychology, the excitement and even the inevitable bouts of dispair. Read morePublished on 22 July 2011 by Nick
I'm no gambler - my personality is way too addictive - but I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Really enlightening on a world I knew little or nothing about. Read morePublished on 7 July 2011 by simonh