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Catherina McKiernan: Running for My Life
Catherina McKiernan: Running for My Life
by Ian O'Riordan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the best sporting biographies I have ever read, 30 May 2014
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I have read many sporting biographies over the years, but this has to be one of the most honest. Another characteristic of this book is that throughout McKiernan's personality shines through. McKiernan was a real idol to me as a teenager growing up in Ireland, and one of the things I liked about her was how unpolished and ordinary she was. I always got the sense that she never really changed with her success, and that comes across in the book. Basically McKiernan was an ordinary person from a rural Irish background who went on to have extraordinary success in world athletics.

Written after McKiernan had retired (and several years after her peak) I think the author had the distance to reflect on her achievements, and to be honest about what contributed to her successes as well as what contributed to some of the more difficult times. What is wonderful about this book in particular, is that McKiernan goes into a huge amount of detail about how she actually trained. I often find this a drawback in many high level athletes autobiographies i.e. they don't explain in enough detail what they did from a training perspective. This is not the case here. McKiernan explains how she prepared for races and goes into considerable detail on the sessions she carried out. At the end of the book there is a great chapter where McKiernan shares what she learned from her career. This is of value to any club runner or anybody interested in getting ideas for their own training programmes. Overall, a wonderful read, from one of Ireland's greatest ever athletes. Highly recommended.


Lady Waterford
Lady Waterford
by Robert A Franklin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read, 30 May 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book having picked it up in Waterford (where hopefully it sold very well). I knew very little about the Beresford family in general, and this book gives a great insight to the them, but particularly into the long life of this remarkable lady. It does rely very heavily on Augustus Hare's book "The Story of Two Noble Lives" which is referred to throughout, but regardless, the author gives a great feel for the life which Lady Waterford led. In so many ways it was a very privileged life, but in others, particularly in later years it seemed to be quite lonely. Throughout, Lady Waterford had her passions and interests (art, religion and her two wonderful homes) and this is all covered very well in this book.


The Unexpurgated Beaton Diaries
The Unexpurgated Beaton Diaries
by Introduced by Hugo Vickers
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading, 8 Dec. 2012
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I love the Beaton diaries. He has a reputation for being waspish which indeed often he is (though he is often very very funny while being so), but it is his obvious sensitive side which makes these late diaries so touching and wonderful. The account of his meeting some of his elderly relatives who he had not seen in more then 30 years on a holiday in South America is incredibly moving. Also his observations on the aging Diana Cooper who he loved as a friend so dearly. I find with his diaries that once I start reading them I get lost from everything that is going on in my life and become engrossed in Cecil Beaton's.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 4 Nov. 2012
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The Missing Postman: What Really Happened to Larry Griffin?
The Missing Postman: What Really Happened to Larry Griffin?
by Fachtna O. Drisceoil
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to see published, 4 Nov. 2012
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We all heard about this story at school and now it is great to see a forensic investigation into the mystery published. A very compelling account of what remains one of Ireland's great unsolved mysteries. The book also provides a great insight into the recently independent, impoverished Ireland of the times.


Strokes of Genius: Federer v Nadal, Rivals in Greatness
Strokes of Genius: Federer v Nadal, Rivals in Greatness
by L.Jon Wertheim
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read, 4 Nov. 2012
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Lovely read and very informative about a single great sporting occasion, but it also provdes a wonderful insight into two of the most compelling sports people of our times and what has to be one of the most wonderful sporting rivalries of all time. You can't help but love both Federer and Nadal. Would highly recommend this book.


The Untouchable
The Untouchable
by John Banville
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful book, 4 Nov. 2012
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Beautifully written and very evocative. I was enthralled from the first page and really in awe of the skill of this writer. The best book I read in 2011.


Born to Perform: How Sport Has Shaped My Life
Born to Perform: How Sport Has Shaped My Life
by Gerard Hartmann
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, but at times frustrating., 3 Nov. 2012
From one of the world's top sports physios I was surprised this book didn't give more detailed information about how he works and how he has helped athletes who have come to him with injuries. Lots of outcomes but very little detail on the process, which is disappointing since this is why he is famous. I also found the author a little egotistical like when he re prints a letter from Sally Barsosio where she said to the author "You mean so much in the world of sports and everybody will live to know and remember you even unborn ones" Ok, we get the message! If I'm honest I think the book could have done with far better and more rigorous editing and perhaps a rewrite or two. The publishers must surely take much of the blame for this. That said, the authors underlying story is a good one and the later chapters on sports psychology and lessons on life from sport are the strongest in the book.


Caravaggio (Colour Library)
Caravaggio (Colour Library)
by Timothy Wilson-Smith
Edition: Paperback

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality images, 21 Dec. 2006
Was delighted with this book - not an in depth biography of an artist by any means, but the images are superb. The quality and size of each plate allows you to really appreciate what the artist produced, which at the end of the day is what being an art fan is all about. There is a short biography at the beginning, and each painting is described, analysed, criticised and explained. I would stongly recommend this series of books as an introduction to any artist.
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