Karl McCann

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (153 of 174)


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I'm Here To Win: A World Champion's Advice for Pea&hellip by Chris Mccormack
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unlike many other sports, and even unlike the three parts that make it up, Triathlon as a sport is very young. As a result, compared to other sports `Legends' are comparatively rare, and biographies about them are even rarer. So when I heard that Chris McCormack was preparing to publish a biography, I pre-ordered on Amazon and waited patiently for it to come; readers in the US and Australia seemed to have earlier access than us here in Europe, their glowing reviews and tweets about it making me anticipate it even more.

When it arrived, the book did not disappoint. It is a frank, no-holds barred and fast-paced guide to competing at the top in triathlon. Loosely structured… Read more
True Believers by Joseph O'Connor
True Believers by Joseph O'Connor
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in places, 7 Jun 2005
A collection of a dozen or so short stories, True Believers reads like a weather forecast for Ireland - "Good in places". The opening story "The Last of the Mohicans", which won O'Connor his first literary prize and ultimately launched him as a writer, is excellent. Perfectly-formed, well-balanced and beautifully written, in retrospect it may set a very high standard for the rest of the book.
"Mothers Are All the Same", "Volunteers" and the closing "Tru Believers" are also excellent, each exploring Irishness and personal relationships from new angles.
Some of the weaker stories appeared to me to be well-written, but perhaps meaningless, or less rewarding. "The Long Way Home",… Read more
Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage
Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 2 Jun 2005
Many sports books are written to celebrate the glory of winning and achievement. Kimmages book is different because it is an honest account of an also-ran, a dreamer, a slogger. Paul never enjoyed the trappings of success, never earned anything more than a pithy wage and experienced in rare measure the dream of winning.
Against all this, Paul is forced to deal with the ever-present tumour of doping in cycling. As he struggles to accept his physical limitations as a human cyclist, he finds himself having also to compete against the drugs that fuel those around him to success. Eventually he leaves the sport, disillusioned, bitter but with his head held high.
The honesty,… Read more

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