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Touching Distance Hardcover – 30 Jul 2015
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"It is a terrific read about a great team which echoes with all of the vibrancy, explosiveness and unadulterated joy of being a part of that team; something that shines through from every player. They loved it, as Keegan might have said, even if one or two regrets will always linger." --The Sports Book Review
"A must read for any Magpie." --FourFourTwo
"A really lovely book... a fabulous read full of great stories of that era." --BBC FiveLive's Monday Night Club
"A thing of beauty and heartily recommended." --George Caulkin, The Times
"Hardy's book is a celebration, not only of Keegan and Newcastle, but also of how much fun football used to be. For that reason, it's as poignant as it is entertaining... 8/10." --The Set Pieces
"Superb… Hardy has captured the time, the characters and the mood perfectly in a book which might have been painful for Newcastle fans but is instead an essential celebration of a period which transformed the club's relationship with its public…. Beautifully written." --Mark Douglas, Newcastle Chronicle
"A scintillating oral history of the team's title charge in the 1995-96 season… Touching Distance is highly recommended for anyone who wants to relive that season from inside the St James' Park dressing room. Every Newcastle fan should have it on their Christmas list." --Morning Star
"The book looks at Kevin Keegan and his Newcastle United entertainers and is a must-read not just for Toon fans, but all football fans." --Evening Chronicle
"The book is part biography and part thriller but most of all a love story. It is a real page turner, I genuinely got misty eyed. At least twice I found myself thinking, 'We can still do this!' Touching Distance is a rollercoaster of a read and I'm sure it will arrive down tens of thousands of Geordie chimneys on December 25." --The Rocking Magpie
"Transported back in time to heady days of Keegan's Entertainers courtesy ofTouching Distance by Martin Hardy. An engrossing, must-read trip!" --Brian McNally, former North East reporter for the Sunday Mirror
"The biggest compliment I can pay Martin Hardy is that Touching Distanceevokes memories of NUFC that I thought I had forgotten. Not even major memories. Daft little things like conversations before games with my Dad. A frankly brilliant book." --Mark Carruthers, Non-League Daily
"Brilliant." --Simon Bird, Daily Mirror
"Many great anecdotes in Martin Hardy's Touching Distance, including Kilcline's Del Boy falling through the bar impression on the Tuxedo Princess." --Henry Winter, Football Correspondent, The Times
About the Author
Martin Hardy has been writing about football in the North East for three decades. He was senior sports reporter at the Sunday Sun, before moving to the Sunday People and then to the Daily Mail. More recently he has worked for the News of the World and the Independent. He currently writes for the Sunday Times. Touching Distance is his first work as an author.
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Hardy does a great job of narrating the tale of Keegan's entertainers through interviews with players, staff, fans and others to bring this exciting era of football back to life
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