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Shot and a Ghost: A year in the brutal world of professional squash Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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From the Back Cover
Funny, sad and uplifting, Shot and a Ghost is the story of one extraordinary year in the life of top squash player James Willstrop.
In a unique insight, Willstrop pulls no punches on the demands of being one of England's top squash players: the globe-trotting, the loneliness and the tremendous highs and lows.
A must for any sports fan, Willstrop reveals his inner-most thoughts as he attempts to progress from a medal-laden junior career to winning the sport's greatest prizes.
He talks candidly about playing world-class sport as a vegan, his off-court relationships with his girlfriend and father, the rigorous training and the problems he faced carrying on after the death of his mother from cancer.
About the Author
James Willstrop was born in Norfolk in 1983 before moving to Yorkshire. He is a former world junior champion, became world No 1 in the January 2012 rankings and has won over 80 caps for England. He writes a regular column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Rod Gilmour is a sports journalist at The Daily Telegraph. He has written on squash since 2008 and will relish the day when the IOC vote the sport onto the Olympic programme.
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A good read from an unusually rounded and intelligent player, worth a read not just for squash players.
What you are left with is a stunning athlete, a decent human being, a good man intelligent and very likable character.
I loved the book so much it is one I will read over and over again to remind me that life is tough and you do the best you can whatever life throws at you.
Thank you James I am inspired by you.
I couldn't help wanting a bit more on tactics against players and the development of his unique playing style, but I suppose it's not a coaching manual.
Most enjoyable was reading about those matches that I had watched on psalive, especially Canary W '10, and the world open final, where you get a shocking insight into how his mind and body were working at the time of play.
The "brutal" description is bang on, mentally and physically. Really hope this gains more publicity for a fantastic sport! Sequel please!
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