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Up and Over: A Trek Through Rugby League Land (Mainstream Sport) [Kindle Edition]

Dave Hadfield
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Along the way he met the people whose enthusiasm for the game has made it so durable - current and former internationals as well as others involved at all levels - as well as a few miserable old gits for balance. In this intimate account, Hadfield observes the way rugby league fits into the history and sociology of towns like Wigan and Castleford, with which it is synonymous. His record of the journey is in the great tradition of writers from Wordsworth to Laurie Lee, who found in long walks the perfect medium to explore and reflect upon their surroundings. Up and Over is the definitive book about the game and the local passions it engenders, as Hadfield seeks out the poignant and the humorous on a personal journey of discovery. For those who follow rugby league, it will give a unique perspective on the parts of the world they know intimately; for others it will be an introduction to a different world, seen via one of the elements that gives it its identity.

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"'Literate, wonderfully vivid, funny, and offers a beautifully observedslice of sporting life and northern life' - Book of the Week, Sunday Times"

"'No review can do this entertaining work justice' - Book of the Week, The Independent"

"'A timely reminder of the game's unique appeal' - Books of the Year, The Guardian"

"'Quirky, culturally insightful and deeply passionate' - The Times"

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In the summer of 2003, Dave Hadfield, perhaps Britain's best-known writer on rugby league, set out on a 200-mile walk from Hull to Widnes, taking him through the heartlands of the game he loves. In the course of his meander, places he thought he knew already were revealed in a different light: from the Humber to the Mersey, he made fresh discoveries about the sport in which he has immersed himself and the landscape in which it has struggled and thrived.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital; New Ed edition (18 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y0OCVO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Offside ....Referee... 24 Sept. 2004
A glorious book. That not only chronicles a trek through Rugby League land, but also through the spirit and history of the glorious game. It's a game I have watched played and loved for 38 years and this tome by Dave Hadfield is a gem. The author like his newspaper articles pulls no punches and it refreshing read some of the insightful comments about the games up's and its one or two downs. For myself now exiled in Illinois USA seeing such names as Greetland, Leigh Miners and Simms Cross, it brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye... just like a Paul Davidson tackle. Plus the whole thing raised a whole bundle of money for a good cause ... you cannot say fairer than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best non-fiction book for years 7 Jun. 2004
I couldn't put it down and basically read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Brilliant, funny and evocative.
I've had to re-define my "favourite book" to "favourite books" so now I have two categories, fiction and non-fiction,and this is up there with Catch 22!
Some of the discriptions of the journey had me laughing out loud and in tears of nostalgia all at the same time
I can recommend "Up and Over" to anyone who has an affection for Rugby League and the people who play and watch the game at whatever level, and for anyone who just enjoys good writing.
Magic stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - great game 11 Oct. 2013
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This is a fabulous book especially for a newcomer to the game of rugby league. It's taken me nearly 55 years but I've finally discovered what a great game this is. As a guy born into an Irish family living in London any form of rugby was beyond my daily experience. It was all soccer and even gaelic football in our house and rugby league was a strange and alien thing played in a part of the world of which I knew very little. Living back in Ireland in Ireland now for years it's been impossible to ignore the seemingly inexorable rise of union in the world but I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that union is increasingly about kicking and that the outhalf is now as important in union as the quarterback is in American football (but with less skill quite honestly). Soccer is now played by overpaid Nancy boys and it's hard to find a game that excites and isn't full of its own self importance. Decided to try watching rugby league in the late stages of this season and there it is - a game played by real men where skill, bravery, teamwork and that indefinable quality of human spirit are all on display in abundance. Why is this game not the single most popular sport in the UK? Are people really deluded enough to think the slow moving, kick dominated and constantly interrupted game of union with its impenetrable laws is what rugby should be about? Games decided more often than not by the whim of a referee awarding penalty after penalty? So many great games in rugby league this year - the Leeds v St. Helens play off game was amazing. And this is where Dave Hadfield's brilliant book comes into its own. His love for and knowledge of this terrific sport shine through every word and sentence in this informative and at times immensely amusing book. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Sept. 2013
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You should read this whether your a Rugby fan or not. Full of facts and funniest, especially if you know the areas involved. Not at all dated.
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