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War, Baby: The Glamour of Violence
War, Baby: The Glamour of Violence
by Kevin Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Is there any glamour in violence?, 20 Oct. 2009
For all those who saw this fight, be it on TV or live, it will long live in the memory as being one of the most brutal fights in the history of boxing.
However the legacy of that fight lives on and for Gerald McClennan it is not a good one.
This book details both fighters careers prior to this bout and then of course the aftermath and how it affected them both.
Although it seems that McClennan wasn't necessarily the most pleasant of folk, the stories of dog fighting disgusted me, he certainly didn't deserve to end up the way he did.
I'd like to say that there was a happy ending but the truth is Gerald McClennan is still very much dependent on the care of his Sister and receives little help from the boxing fraternity.
I read this book within a couple of days as it held my interest throughout but I couldn't help but feel sorry for both fighters at the end of it.


Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In
Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In
by Stephen Brunt
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The reader weighs in., 20 Oct. 2009
This book is an account of some of those who have had the privilege of sharing the ring with 'the Greatest'.
What is interesting is that for all of their accomplishments, most of these fighters are only recognised by the fact that they fought Ali.
I also sensed that, Joe Frazier apart, they all got on with and respected Ali for all he did in his life and career.
Most of the fighter's covered in this book went on to have fairly successful careers out of the ring however there were a couple of exceptions!
This book also highlighted the fact that too many boxers, Ali included, carried on fighting long after they should have given up. Although for some, George Foreman, it proved a good thing!


W. G. Grace: A Life
W. G. Grace: A Life
by Simon Rae
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A biography of grace!, 20 Oct. 2009
This review is from: W. G. Grace: A Life (Paperback)
As a cricket fan I'd obviously heard of WG Grace but had never read anything about him or realised exactly why he is such an icon.
This book takes an in depth look at his cricketing career and demonstrates why he was the second most famous English citizen of the Victorian era, the most famous being Queen Vicky herself.
It is clear that WG loved the game at all levels and was a true master, piling up runs, taking hundreds of wickets and breaking all sorts of records.
It also highlights certain tragedies in his life, notably the untimely deaths of members of his family and offspring.
The only criticism I have of the book is that I would have liked to have known more about WG outside of cricket, his work as a doctor as well as his family life but that's only a small gripe as I thoroughly enjoyed this book and reccomend it for anyone who loves the game of cricket.


The Fight (Penguin Magnum Collection)
The Fight (Penguin Magnum Collection)
by Norman Mailer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not 'the Greatest', 20 Oct. 2009
I was really looking forward to this book as I've started to read up on the life and career of Muhammad Ali. I'm also a big boxing fan so I felt that I was in for a treat with this...oh how wrong I was!
This is supposed to be an account written by Norman Mailer following 'the Greatest' before his big fight with George Foreman. What I couldn't understand was why Mailer was writing as the third man, that just seemed pointless.
I also feel that he wrote this, not so much for boxing enthusiasts but for Norman Mailer enthusiasts as a lot of it is very much about how wonderful an author and how highly thought of he is, not what I wanted to read.
All I wanted to see was an account of the build up of one of the biggest fights of the century, all I got was a load of extravagant nonsense!
It gets two stars as there are some interesting pieces in there but for the most part it was just very dull.


One Summer: Romance, Redundancy and Rugby League in the 1980s
One Summer: Romance, Redundancy and Rugby League in the 1980s
by Geoff Lee
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Spectacular!, 17 Aug. 2009
I wasn't really sure on what to expect with this book. 'One Summer' is the third of a four part series of short stories that are all linked to a small community in a fictional town of Ashurst deep in rugby league territory. Although most of the short stories are tales within their own right, they are all linked into a 'bigger picture' and give the reader the feeling of a warm close knit community that is living through the struggles of the 1980's. All this with a backdrop of rugby league, in particular St Helens, it is a very true to life account of working class people with big hearts and a love for 'the greatest game'. I really must get round to reading about Ashurst in the 60's, 70's and 90's in Geoff Lee's 'One Winter', 'One Spring' and 'One Autumn'.


The Family Game: The Untold Story of Hooliganism in Rugby League
The Family Game: The Untold Story of Hooliganism in Rugby League
by Michael James
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rugby League deserves better!, 17 Aug. 2009
I was really looking forward to this book but I have to say that it let me down big style. There was no real substance to it and rather than detail any hooliganism problems that rugby league may or may not have, it was just a blog of how there is a potential for trouble and how we must ensure that rugby league doesn't go down the same road that footbal has done.
It seemed to me that the author just wanted to jump on the bandwagon of all the football hooliganism books that have sprung up, and in doing so failed badly!
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Batista Unleashed (WWE)
Batista Unleashed (WWE)
by Dave Batista
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A Batista Bomb!, 17 Aug. 2009
A good read for all wrestling fans and particularly for those who mark for 'The Animal'. What I liked about this book was it's regular crossover from Dave's life story to following him as he fulfils all his wrestling commitments. It's hard work being a WWE wrestler and you get a good impression of how hard it is by reading this book.


Mally: Pt. 1: The Boy Who Flew Through Windows
Mally: Pt. 1: The Boy Who Flew Through Windows
by Mally Welburn
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Mally!, 16 Oct. 2007
The Boy Who Flew Through Windows has to be one of the best books I've read.
It's told in typical Mally fashion and is hilarious in parts. However you do learn in graphic detail about his torrid upbringing and how he lived in fear of his father.
It's clear that Mally is a survivor and the very fact that this book is a best seller demonstrates the character of a man who looked down and out more than once in his life.
An essential read for anyone who knows of Mally or indeed anyone who loves a story of triumph over adversity.

I look forward to part two and three..


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