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Times Cryptic Crossword 16
Times Cryptic Crossword 16
by The Times Mind Games
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I have used these books for years, 17 Oct. 2013
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Because, as most crossword buffs would generally agree, the Times Crossword Puzzle is the best of the daily newspaper crossword puzzles, and has been years. I have been doing it every days for years. These books of selected, back-issue puzzles are ideal for travelling, or when having to wait for a medical or dental appointment.

Rugby League: A Critical History 1980 - 2013
Rugby League: A Critical History 1980 - 2013
by Richard De-La-Riviere
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Rugby League is your game this is a `must have', 3 July 2013
1980 was such a memorable year for Rugby League. It was the year that Hull KR and Hull FC met at Wembley, the year that Wigan were relegated, the year that professional rugby in London was re-born, the year that saw Steve Gearin score one of the great Grand Final tries and it was the year that Arthur Beetson and a couple of unheralded 20-year-olds called Wally Lewis and Mal Meninga launched State of Origin as their Queensland side, regarded by everybody else as no-hopers, stunned New South Wales.

Every year since, Rugby League's players have continued to deliver, but under the surface the arguments continue to rage as Rugby League remains the most political of sports.

This book does much more than record the tries and the trophy gatherers.

It examines the key decisions that have been made along the way as the game, particularly in Britain, continues to search for its big breakthrough.

With a foreword by Garry Schofield OBE, the book examines the international scene from 1980, the domestic games in Britain and Australia as well as comprehensive histories of Australia's State of Origin and the highly coveted Golden Boot award.

The author has also compiled a list of the best 100 players from the last 33 years and there is a full statistical wrap up of all Great Britain and England internationals, all the major cup finals, award winners and world XIIIs.
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Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2011-12
Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2011-12

5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good Rugby League Yearbook, 25 Sept. 2012
I know this title through and through and I get one every year.
For anyone who knows rugby league and wants a running record of THE GAME, year on year on year, this is a good buy.
But if you are like the reviewer above, Womer, looking for a guide to rugby league grounds because you are not familiar with them all, the book you need to look for is "Rugby League, a Groundhopper's Guide" by Mike Latham. It's not a new title so it may be out of print but someone may be offering a second hand copy on the internet.

Being John Stankevitch
Being John Stankevitch
by John Stankevitch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.66

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rugby League fan? This is for you!, 27 May 2011
This review is from: Being John Stankevitch (Hardcover)
'Being John Stankevitch' is about a young man who made the grade in the challenging world of Rugby League and had the world at his feet; until he went into a tackle - the like of which he had made thousands of times before - in a play-off game at Wigan. From then on 'Being John Stankevitch' becomes a tale of how hard it is for someone who knows nothing but being a professional sportsman to find his way in the world.
By the time he retired at the age of 25, John Stankevitch had packed plenty into his short career, playing in 131 games for St Helens and 22 more for home-town Widnes before finally accepting he would have to retire.
He made a meteoric rise to first grade at Knowsley Road, making his Saints debut as a 20-year-old in the 2000 World Club Challenge defeat by Melbourne, playing in two Grand Final-winning sides, two more World Club Challenges and a Challenge Cup final, representing England A and Great Britain under-21s, and having a full international cap within his grasp...until he made that fateful tackle at Wigan.
John tells the story in his own words of how he fell into Rugby League by accident and from then on thought about little else.
Not being able to make a living as a player was a huge problem. John admits he had put everything into making the grade as a professional, to the detriment of anything else. He was qualified for nothing and his story since then has been one of struggle to adapt financially and emotionally.
In 2007 he came to an out-of-court agreement with Craig Smith who had caused the injury that shattered his dreams of representing his country and cut off his earning potential.
John is currently coach of Championship 1 side Rochdale Hornets and his story is far from finished . . . . .

If you're a Rugby League supporter (and even more so, if you're a Saints fan) this is definitely for you! John tells his own story in a straightforward, logical and unselfpitying way. Easy reading start to finish - you'll enjoy it.
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Being Eddie Waring: The Life and Times of a Sporting Icon
Being Eddie Waring: The Life and Times of a Sporting Icon
by Tony Hannan
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being Eddie Waring, 10 Mar. 2008
'Being Eddie Waring' is a DO NOT MISS if, like me, you are a relatively new rugby League fan.

My acquaintance with this excellent game began just five and half years ago, and for me Eddie Waring had emerged only as a name; some fella from the past, mentioned occasionally, who everyone seemed to think had been bad for the game. Tony Hannan has slit the chrysalis and released a full-grown man, and in so doing he has cleared up one massive misconception. Eddie Waring was not "bad for rugby League". It was only bad that the BBC, for whatever reason, allowed a dynamic and dedicated human being to make an increasingly sad fool of himself, as he fell gradually victim to the dreadful symptoms of the Alzheimer's that killed him.

A mite more human decency would have eased him gently out of the public eye sooner. Eddie Waring lived a full and very positively contributing life. Tony Hannan's well researched, well written and entirely readable book has brought that into the light. I am glad I bought my copy.

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