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Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts
Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts
by Tim Wigmore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars The developing world of cricket, 16 Feb. 2015
This is a journey around the world of cricket outside the Test-playing nations. No England, Australia or India here – unless they’re being beaten by one of the minnows! It’s an interesting format – what comes across is that the different contributors discovered that many of the problems faced by the associate and affiliate nations are common and shared between them. There were occasions where I disagreed with the points made (particularly over whether cricket should become an Olympic sport in the China chapter) but the book presented its viewpoints as a topic for discussion, not as the definitive answer. Bit disappointed not to read anything of Canada or Bermuda though, especially as there were only ten countries covered, not eleven.


City Centre
City Centre
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars International sport and high finance, 9 Feb. 2015
This review is from: City Centre (Kindle Edition)
Simon Halliday’s autobiography isn’t a typical rugby player’s life story – as one of the last amateurs, he also has plenty to say about his day job in city finance. Halliday is opinionated and not afraid to let rip against mismanagement, both in rugby and in the city. However, he picks and chooses where he casts his opinions – he makes clear that his personal life is not up for discussion in the autobiography, which means it is more difficult to get a sense of the man as a whole. The book is self-published and it shows in places – the occasional repetition, the odd typo here and there, and it perhaps needed an editor to push Halliday in some places and ask him to cut back in others.


Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Sport
Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Sport
by Anna Krien
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars The dark relationship between sport, celebrity and sex, 26 Jan. 2015
This is an interesting but tough read. It’s about the increasing number of sexual assault and rape claims being made against sportsmen, focusing in particular on Australian rules football and rugby league. Krien, an Australian journalist, is not afraid to look at the grey areas in the law and how it affects court cases, as well as investigating why sportsmen seem to regularly be drawn into the cases, and also why the legal system seems to be disinclined to pursue them in many cases. Given the furore over the Ched Evans case in the UK, this should be mandatory reading for professional footballers.


Superclasico: Inside the Ultimate Derby (90 Minutes Shorts Book 1)
Superclasico: Inside the Ultimate Derby (90 Minutes Shorts Book 1)
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Football in Buenos Aires, 26 Jan. 2015
Forget Real Madrid v Barcelona – Buenos Aires is where it’s at. This short book is an interesting overview of the River Plate v Boca Juniors derbies in Argentina – matches where there is fierce rivalry both off and on the pitch. Richards traces the history of these matches, giving just enough detail for the casual reader. Those who want to know more will need to look elsewhere, but this is a good starting point.


Baseball in Blue and Gray: The National Pastime during the Civil War
Baseball in Blue and Gray: The National Pastime during the Civil War
Price: £13.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Short but detailed baseball history, 19 Jan. 2015
Plenty is known about baseball after the Civil War, and some is known about it’s early pre-Civil War history. Kirsch aims to plug the gap between the two with his history of baseball during the war, although much of the book actually concentrates on baseball’s roots beforehand, meaning there are some familiar names – Abner Doubleday (to quash the myth that he invented the sport) and Henry Chadwick in particular. A short but detailed baseball history, although it might not comprehensively cover the period that it claims to in the title.


Mastermind: How Dave Brailsford Reinvented the Wheel (90 Minutes Shorts Book 3)
Mastermind: How Dave Brailsford Reinvented the Wheel (90 Minutes Shorts Book 3)
Price: £2.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Starting point on David Brailsford, 19 Jan. 2015
Like many of this series, it’s an interesting long article. This time, David Brailsford’s brilliant management of cycling – Team Sky and Team GB – comes under the spotlight. There isn’t anything particularly new, stunning or insightful that hasn’t been said before, but for an overview of Brailsford for those who don’t know much about him, this is a good starting point.


Unbroken
Unbroken
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Olympic athlete becomes prisoner of war, 12 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Unbroken (Kindle Edition)
The truly inspirational tale of Louis Zamperini, a middle-distance runner who represented the USA in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and hoped to break into the medals in the 1940 Tokyo Olympics – until the Second World War intervened. Zamperini joined the airforce and became a bomber, only to fall into the hands of the Japanese and suffer in their tortuous prisoner of war camps. Throughout, Zamperini remains the “unbroken” of the title. It’s a difficult subject made accessible by Hillenbrand – an epic story of suffering, which many went through, but focusing on one inspiring man.


Field of Shadows: The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937
Field of Shadows: The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937
by Dan Waddell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket in Nazi Germany, 29 Dec. 2014
In 1937, the Gentlemen of Worcestershire cricket side crossed into continental Europe for a cricket tour. Their destination? Nazi Germany. It was a clash of cultures which Dan Waddell explores in this book. Finding source information was difficult, so it is inevitable that there is some guesswork, but that makes the story all the more interesting. Was one of the players a spy, their task to report back to the British government? Once the first chapter is over – there are too many jokes which jar with the more serious history – it becomes a well written, interesting and engaging account.


The Long Snapper
The Long Snapper
Price: £4.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and heartwarming, 22 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Long Snapper (Kindle Edition)
This is the inspirational story of Brian Kinchen, a retired American footballer who was plucked from his new job as a teacher to cover for an injured New England Patriot. Kinchen went all the way to the Superbowl and played a crucial role in his team’s success – although most people are not aware of the pressure and mental anguish that he went through. A truly heartwarming story – none of the brash self-confidence of many other sports biographies here.


Making the Weight: Boxing's Lethal Secret (90 Minutes Shorts Book 2)
Making the Weight: Boxing's Lethal Secret (90 Minutes Shorts Book 2)
Price: £1.15

4.0 out of 5 stars The danger of dehydration, 15 Dec. 2014
It’s not really a secret that boxers dehydrate themselves to make their particular weight for a bout, but in this book, the author tries to make people aware of the potential dangers that boxers face. There isn’t a huge amount of science to back it up, more anecdotal evidence, focusing in particular on one particular fight between Joey Gamache and Arturo Gatti. Short, succinct and interesting.


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