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Lay the Favourite: A True Story about Playing to Win in the Gambling Underworld
Lay the Favourite: A True Story about Playing to Win in the Gambling Underworld
by Beth Raymer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Oh So Average, 18 Feb. 2015
Sports, reading and gambling are amongst my major interests, so I could be described as the target audience for this slim volume.
Take a tip from me - there are plenty of better and more interesting books out there covering these topics.
I've not seen the film, but it had poor reviews and TBH I'm surprised that a director of Stephen Frears' quality bothered with it.
A BBC network premiere at 11:30 pm on a Tuesday night says a lot.


Brazzaville Beach
Brazzaville Beach
by William Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Find a better Boyd, 17 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Brazzaville Beach (Paperback)
Readable but Boyd has written much better books than this. The quote on the front cover (‘his best and most interesting novel’ The Times) is very misleading, as the book was first published in 1990, early in Boyd’s career.


The Stone Gods
The Stone Gods
by Jeanette Winterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing, 12 Sept. 2014
This review is from: The Stone Gods (Paperback)
The first novel I’d read by JW.
Thought the section about Easter Island was superb, but in other places the book resembled a polemic.
I’m not saying I’d never revisit this author, but I won’t be rushing to her other work.


Tipping The Velvet (Virago V)
Tipping The Velvet (Virago V)
by Sarah Waters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Unanimous verdict, 27 Aug. 2014
Is this the sort of book that you wife or servant should read?
Make up your own mind. This is a first-class debut from of the UK's most talented authors.


Handsome Brute: The True Story of a Ladykiller
Handsome Brute: The True Story of a Ladykiller
by Sean O'Connor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut, 18 Aug. 2014
I discovered this book by ‘accident’ whilst browsing at my local library and I did find it hard to put down. A magnificent work, especially as it’s the author’s first book.


Got, Not Got: The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures and Pleasures
Got, Not Got: The A-Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures and Pleasures
by Derek Hammond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Get Got Not Got, 5 Aug. 2014
In recent years the football nostalgia market seems to undergone something of a growth spurt.
Consequently there are plenty of books out there that probably should ever have seen the light of day.
I’m delighted to report this is premier cru. Compiling this book has clearly been a labour of love for its co-authors.
This would be a welcome addition to the shelf of any fan who followed the game when Gazza’s tears were only in his socks.


In Search of the Winning System
In Search of the Winning System
by Peter May
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A good bet, 12 Feb. 2014
Essential reading for anyone who follows the horses using a system-based approach.
This book will not tell you or show you how to win, but it will point you in the right direction and save you from making costly errors.
Peter May is probably the foremost name in the UK in this field and reading this you can see just how much time, patience and innovation he has invested in his work.
If you enjoy the 'Winning System', his ‘profile’ books will likely be of interest – these will help you to develop your own systems.


The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong
The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong
by Chris Anderson
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mid-table at best, 15 Jan. 2014
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How many football journalists are there working in the UK - I'm sure the number runs easily into three figures. However, the only two quotes on the cover of this book both come from respected Times journalists, but the catch is the book was serialized in The Times. As to the volume itself, the authors have a few thought provoking ideas but it certainly fails to do what it says on the cover.
Footballs fans with open minds, who understand statistics, will find some interesting theories, but overall, their money would be better spent elsewhere.


Boy About Town: A Memoir
Boy About Town: A Memoir
by Tony Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the form, 7 Jan. 2014
Refreshing and honest - this went down like a glass of Carlsberg at the end of `Ice Cold in Alex'.
Part two is eagerly awaited.


Jack Hobbs
Jack Hobbs
by Leo McKinstry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful, 22 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Jack Hobbs (Paperback)
The author has captured the very essence of a cricketer who, it could be argued, was the outstanding sportsman of the twentieth century.
As with Hobbs' batting, flaws are all but imperceptible and the book excels in capturing the class distinctions and social conditions which formed the background to the Master's career.
Meticulously researched and surprisingly moving, it's a pleasure to read and a fitting tribute.


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