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Kicking Against Tradition: A Career in Women's Football (100 Greats S.)
Kicking Against Tradition: A Career in Women's Football (100 Greats S.)
by Wendy Owen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.57

3.0 out of 5 stars Lop-sided, 28 Nov 2011
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Since Wendy Owen was player in the England Women's football team from the very start in the 1970s, I was hoping for plenty of insight and comment about what it was like playing for the national team as it struggled to survive its infancy. Instead, this book is a mundane run through Owen's CV: I played in this team, then I got this job, then I coached this team, then I coached this team... There is little detail about the England team, a real missed opportunity. In fact, Owen's five-year England career is given as much space as a six-week summer coaching job in the USA, or the rundown on the list of minor coaching jobs she has had since retirement. Not a riveting read.


James Hunt: The Biography
James Hunt: The Biography
by Gerald Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best F1 biographies, 21 Nov 2011
James Hunt may have lived a short life, but it was certainly action-packed. In his relatively brief F1 career he took the World Championship and filled newspaper columns with his exploits, both off an on track. He battled with fear and depression towards the end of his racing and into retirement, but seemed to finally found happiness again before his death. Donaldson covers Hunt's entire life in good detail, with plenty of insightful comment - it is obvious that many of those who were closest to Hunt collaborated with the author. A shame that there are so many printing errors - many vanishing full stops and a few commas in the wrong place - but that doesn't detract too much from what is a great motorsport biography.


Staying Up: A Fan Behing the Scenes in the Premiership
Staying Up: A Fan Behing the Scenes in the Premiership
by R.A. Gekoski
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars If only..., 31 Oct 2011
This is supposed to be the inside story of the workings of a Premiership football club, but little is revealed (other than the size of Dion Dublin's manhood). Gekoski becomes frustrated that he isn't given more privileged access to the team, and the reader becomes equally frustrated that there is so little to read about. Gekoski must also have rued his fate because instead of Coventry being involved in a relegation dogfight that would have given his book a big climax, in the season he followed them the team quickly settled into mid-table mediocrity. Still, Gekoski writes in an easily-readable style and the book is not a chore to read, but this seems like a lost opportunity. Nothing that The Glory Game didn't show us fifteen years earlier.


My Championship Year
My Championship Year
by Jenson Button
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 24 Oct 2011
This review is from: My Championship Year (Paperback)
This book gives a good insight into Jenson's year in which he won the F1 World Championship. It is interesting to see behind-the-scenes; and the story of how the season started with a question mark over the Honda/Brawn team would fold, only to go on and become constructor and driver champions, is one that will go down in F1 history. However, I don't think Jenson truly `let go' when writing (or rather being interviewed) for this book. I'd like to see a little deeper into his character and his emotions. Also, the text is split into sections; not only race by race, but with each race split into smaller sections dealing with issues like qualifying, technical analysis, strategy, race, post-race comments; and they often overlap. It makes for easy reading, but can get a little repetitive - we can be told three times that Jenson struggled in qualifying for a particular reason. Still, this is an interesting summary of the season, and not just for Jenson fans.


Clough and Revie: The Rivals Who Changed the Face of English Football
Clough and Revie: The Rivals Who Changed the Face of English Football
by Roger Hermiston
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Parallel lives, 17 Oct 2011
Two football managers whose lives and careers were intertwined. Both were born in Middlesbrough, a few streets from each other, and Hermiston paints their backgrounds in the first few chapters. The parallel careers are both described, with particular emphasis on when Clough and Revie faced each other on the field. Once the two turn to management, this book really begins to excel. Clough turned from being a huge fan of Revie to his greatest enemy, and Hermiston tries to explain why - although admits that the truth will probably never be known. Whatever the cause, the ructions that reached a head over Clough's short spell at Leeds and Revie's management of England jobs are ably described. A great portrayal of two of football management's biggest characters.


Midget Car Speedway
Midget Car Speedway
by Derek Bridgett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.98

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Midget Car Speedway (Paperback)
This book follows the short-lived midget car racing craze that hit the UK in the 1930s, and focuses specifically on the Stoke Potters. It sounds an interesting concept, and I was looking forward to getting immersed in a little-known motorsport, but this book just didn't work for me. The writing did not convey interest, too often it read like an encylopedia entry; it did little to get across the characters, emotion and stories. There are too many short, staccato sentences and a few grammatical errors.The layout is very dense, with up to 47 lines on a page and the whole thing crammed into 120 pages. Needed the editor to give it a thorough overhaul before it hit the printing press. Disappointing.


Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All
Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All
by Brian Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read, 3 Oct 2011
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Brian Moore opens up and reveals his childhood sexual abuse for the first time in this book. The abuse is covered in the first couple of chapters and is very thoughtfully and perceptively written. Moore recognises that the abuse will always be a part of his life, but seems to have moved on and conquered any demons. After that, the book reverts to a typical rugby autobiography. It is typical Moore - humourous and never afraid to voice an opinion (especially when talking about Scottish and French rugby!). Where Moore's views have mellowed since writing his first autobiography, he draws attention to the fact. This isn't a neutral history of rugby, it is most definitely Moore's opinion, but that doesn't stop it being an entertaining read.


The Tented Field
The Tented Field
by Tom Melville
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Great history of cricket in America, 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: The Tented Field (Paperback)
An avidly-researched and finely-crafted work, Melville has created the definitive history of American cricket. True, this is only going to appeal to a small audience, but for those cricket fans who want to read about the sport in a little-known area - or those Americans who want to read about a little-known sport in their own country - this is a great choice. Expect a few surprises - had you asked a cricket fan in 1860 who England's most likely international rivals would be in a few years time, they would have probably answered the USA, not Australia. How the Americans rose to cricketing prominence and then fell away again is an intriguing story and well covered here.


In Search of Tiger: A Journey Through Golf with Tiger Woods
In Search of Tiger: A Journey Through Golf with Tiger Woods
by Tom Callahan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.73

5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through golf, 21 Sep 2011
Golf wouldn't normally be my first choice sport to read about, but Callahan writes about it with such lyrical prose that it is hard it put this down. This isn't a biography of Tiger Woods, rather Tiger is the centerpiece around which is wound a wider look at the game of golf as a whole. Plenty of other players come under Callahan's microscope, including Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and Jack Nicklaus. Those looking for Tiger's definitive birth-to-2003 biography will be a little disappointed, and perhaps the title is a bit misleading, because the author is never really `In Search of Tiger'. But the subtitle is more accurate: `A Journey Through Golf With Tiger Woods'. And a very pleasant journey it is, too.


Playing Hard Ball: County Cricket and Big League Baseball
Playing Hard Ball: County Cricket and Big League Baseball
by E.T. Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Play ball!, 20 Sep 2011
A readable account of the differences between cricket and baseball. There is the inevitable discussion of the technical aspects of each game, but this book is at its best where Smith is exploring the cultural and social sides of the two sports. Smith is well-qualified to compare the two - a successful professional cricketer, Smith also spent some time in baseball spring training after becoming an avid New York Mets fan. His description of the hype and scrutiny faced by baseball players is one which most county crickets can only ever imagine, and I suspect that they would prefer the English game - although with the American salaries, no doubt.


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