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We Could Be Heroes: One Van, Two Blokes and Twelve World Championships Paperback – 3 Jul 2009


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (3 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230736157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230736153
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating and hilarious insight into the surreal world of alternative sport' -- Steve Cram, World Champion Athlete

'A one-punch-to-the-chin, knockout read. I haven't laughed this hard in years' -- David Haye, World Champion Boxer

'The true comedy value of this book is Fordyce and Dirs themselves, their contrasting characters proving the framework for a book of real quality.
-- Rugby World

'This travelogue is an entertaining and engaging read which will make you want to start practicing your egg-throwing.' -- Lincolnshire Echo

`The dual narrative works well and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.'
-- Waterstones Books Quarterly

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'A fascinating and hilarious insight into the surreal world of alternative sport'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kefaloniakid on 19 Feb 2010
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I have been a fan of the text commentary that Ben (in particular) does on the BBC Sport website for ages and was very excited when I found this book. I saved it for my holiday and was looking forward to getting going on it more than I was looking forward to going on holiday !! I was not disappointed, the writing style is just as I had hoped it would be.

I am a fan of the Tony Hawks / Danny Wallace / Dave Gorman genre of books and while there is a nod to all of these authors in the style of this book, this stands out as a very good book in it's own right. Both guys have an excellent writing style and a real way with words. While they are both very different characters, they both have the ability to make you laugh out loud with a particularly descriptive bit of writing.

It was one of those books that you don't want to put down because you are enjoying it so much yet you don't want to read too much because you don't want it to end, and for me they don't come around very often. The only warning I would give is that my wife got annoyed with me sniggering and chuckling while I was reading this in bed.

Can't wait for the next offering chaps.
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By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov 2009
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Nearly all sports have World Championships. Many of these World Championships are big events, full of hype & razzamatazz and are given extensive coverage by the media. The individual World Champions become household names. They also make themselves a bob or two in the process.

Some World Champions don't though, because instead of being athletes, boxers or even darts players their sport of choice is slightly more obscure - maybe shin kicking, wife (or coal) carrying, cheese rolling or even egg catching.

Just because these `sports' aren't quite as well known doesn't mean that it is an easy thing to become the World Champion at them though, as Ben Dirs and Tom Fordyce tell us in this extremely entertaining book.

After reporting on numerous sporting events for the BBC, Dirs and Fordyce decide that they too would like to see what it was like to become a World Champion. They reasoned that whilst it would be impossible for them to become best in the world at a major sport, maybe they just could become World Champion pea-shooter, nettle eater or stone skimmer. Selecting eleven World Championships they begin their quest for glory.....

Okay, it may not be great sports journalism like the stuff that the Brian Glanville's or the Ian Wooldridge's of this world have churned out over the years, but who cares because this book is fun.

Some might describe as being a bit laddish (or bloke-ish), but I don't agree; even if it is it's laddish in a mild, good natured way. Excellent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BallBoy on 9 July 2009
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A brilliant, hilarious read. I was a big follower of these boys on the BBC Sport website, but wasn't sure their writing would translate to book format.....how wrong can one man be?!

Judging by my girlfriend's laughter when she stole it, not just one for the boys either.

Highly recommended.
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Whether you have read these boys on BBC Sport or are new to their talents you'll love this light, fast-paced giggle-jerker. The quest may not appeal to everyone at first glance, but they present it with such an engaging blend of amateur enthusiasm and professional determination that you can not resist being transported to the front row of each event rooting for the boys to come through. Most importantly they use their mastery of sporting journalistic wit and ability to conjure a comedy metaphor with enough guile to be funny without overdoing it. The BBC Live Text one-liners are beautifully interwoven into a truly engrossing story by two blokes who you can't help get behind. Some interest in sport, or the pursuit of an unlikely challenge, is probably advisable, but this is not just for the sports fans. Anyone who watched On Thin Ice and wished they would stop taking themselves so very seriously will love it, as will the fan of the village pub and the quaint phenomenon we call Britishness (not to mention Finnishness). A great holiday read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sporting hero on 8 July 2009
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This is one funny book. I picked it up purely because of the front cover, but couldn't put it down once i started reading it!

These guys really are hilarious!
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I could not wait to get a copy of this book. I was at the 2008 World Shin Kicking Championship and reading the section on it had me rolling on the ground it was so funny and so true! It brought back wonderful memories of that memorable evening. The whole book is a blast and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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I am a big fan of Dirs's bloggs on the beeb website, and started following him after his and Tom's tour of France during the rugby world cup. I fould that they had written the book purely by chance. I headed to Corfu this year on holiday and found it the perfect holiday read. I laughed at their witty prose and the way they banter with each other. As many have said if you like their bloggs you will love the book. For me the worst thing was the missus not appreciating me giggling like a school girl every 5 mins.
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By drchris on 30 Jan 2012
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The boys from the BBC sports website (love their cricket commentary!) bring you a very entertaining journey around the country's slightly mad sports in an attempt to be world champs...or is it chumps...great fun!
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