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We Could Be Heroes: One Van, Two Blokes and Twelve World Championships Paperback – 3 Jul 2009
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'A fascinating and hilarious insight into the surreal world of alternative sport' -- Steve Cram, World Champion Athlete
'A one-punch-to-the-chin, knockout read. I haven't laughed this hard in years' -- David Haye, World Champion Boxer
'The true comedy value of this book is Fordyce and Dirs themselves, their contrasting characters proving the framework for a book of real quality.
-- Rugby World
'This travelogue is an entertaining and engaging read which will make you want to start practicing your egg-throwing.' -- Lincolnshire Echo
`The dual narrative works well and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.'
-- Waterstones Books Quarterly
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Regrettably, neither of the 'writers' behind this book are half as talented as they think they are (despite their attempts at 'blokeish self-deprecation'), leaving you with what is essentially an account of two massive ego trips.
Some World Champions don't though, because instead of being athletes, boxers or even darts players their sport of choice is slightly more obscure - maybe shin kicking, wife (or coal) carrying, cheese rolling or even egg catching.
Just because these `sports' aren't quite as well known doesn't mean that it is an easy thing to become the World Champion at them though, as Ben Dirs and Tom Fordyce tell us in this extremely entertaining book.
After reporting on numerous sporting events for the BBC, Dirs and Fordyce decide that they too would like to see what it was like to become a World Champion. They reasoned that whilst it would be impossible for them to become best in the world at a major sport, maybe they just could become World Champion pea-shooter, nettle eater or stone skimmer. Selecting eleven World Championships they begin their quest for glory.....
Okay, it may not be great sports journalism like the stuff that the Brian Glanville's or the Ian Wooldridge's of this world have churned out over the years, but who cares because this book is fun.
Some might describe as being a bit laddish (or bloke-ish), but I don't agree; even if it is it's laddish in a mild, good natured way. Excellent.
I am a fan of the Tony Hawks / Danny Wallace / Dave Gorman genre of books and while there is a nod to all of these authors in the style of this book, this stands out as a very good book in it's own right. Both guys have an excellent writing style and a real way with words. While they are both very different characters, they both have the ability to make you laugh out loud with a particularly descriptive bit of writing.
It was one of those books that you don't want to put down because you are enjoying it so much yet you don't want to read too much because you don't want it to end, and for me they don't come around very often. The only warning I would give is that my wife got annoyed with me sniggering and chuckling while I was reading this in bed.
Can't wait for the next offering chaps.
So well written, you feel like you're standing next to them watching them trying in vain to conquer pea shooting and coal carrying. Hopefully they'll write more, as this deserves to be top of the bestsellers for sheer entertainment and originality.
Thanks to Tom and Ben for the best laugh I've had in years.
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