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Quite simply a fantastic read!,
This review is from: Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby (Paperback)
I recived this book on the monday morning and finished it by the tuesday night! It was very interesting and easy to read too. It is no surprise that this won "best rugby book of 2009" at the sports awards.
As the amazon review shows, Alun Carter worked for the WRU for 12 years, through what was a very "topsy turvey" time during the early professional era of Rugby in Wales.(1998-2007) As a result, it will probably appeal mainly to Welsh rugby fans / supporters as it offers some insight into the regimes of Bowring, Henry, Hanson, Ruddock, Johnson, and Jenkins. The current Gatland regime is commented upon too, however this has been written in a more observer /pundit style as opposed to the rest of them. Also, the 2001 / 2005 / 2009 British and Irish Lions tours are meioned and should appeal to a wider rugby audience. In terms of where the story "ends", it finishes with a review of the 2009 Lions test series in South Africa.
Although this is only one man's view and account of events, it came accross as quite honest and down to earth. The author's opinions on people and events seem to be well justified throughout and in keeping to what is presented around them, and as mentioned the style of writing makes the book very readable and straight forward.
This is one of the few books I've read in recent months that really held my interest from cover to cover, charged my emotions, and furthered my knowledge on the subject.
I highly recommend it