The best books on sport of | Books | The GuardianWhat the following list includes: two books about Brian Clough, two novels, two books on tennis and a dozen other sports covered, plus backgammon. Backgammon is not a sport. And Muhammad Ali gets his own section, as Muhammad Ali should. Those were numbers 31 and Sport: cruel mistress.
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Please refresh the page and retry. As a cricketer, Derek Pringle bumbled through a career that never quite delivered on its enormous promise. Apart from the insight into all the s giants — Ian Botham, David Gower, Allan Lamb etc — this book manages a feat rarely achieved on the sports shelves: it is effortlessly funny. All the toxic masculinity got me down. A nother tale forged in the Troubles, if one with a more uplifting outcome.
The renowned Irish former jockey had a near-death experience in when an accident caused his skull to shatter in 12 places. This William Hill-shortlisted book tells his life story with a particular focus on his long and miraculous road to recovery. While football fans get endless exposure to millionaire Premier League players, the vast majority of aspiring stars end up seeing their dreams go unfulfilled. The identity of the most successful manager ever is always going to be up for debate, but in terms of achievements in a relatively short time period, few people warrant comparison to Paisley. As a manager during a nine-year timeline, he won six league titles, three League Cups and three European Cups.
From autobiographies of Jackie Tyrrell to books on Bob Paisley, it's been a good year for lovers of sporting yarns.
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Witchdoctors rub shoulders with Olympic officials as the remarkable tale unfolds, proving that raw ability can still sometimes triumph over money and power. A tender and wise memoir that is about so much more than football, The Boy on the Shed documents the thrills and injustices of the game with emotional honesty and articulate self-awareness. A prodigious talent from Northern Ireland - inevitably hailed as the new George Best - Ferris navigated injury and insecurity throughout a precarious career with Newcastle United, both on the pitch and in the boot room.
The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat. The playing field has long been a vehicle for writers to explore the human experience. From lyrical odes to the glory of the game to explorations of how athletics have intersected with history to insights that have changed sports forever, here are the 20 greatest sports books ever written. With its unblinking look at the side of locker room culture most of us will never see up close, it was critically lauded at the time and has become a non-fiction classic—even though it cost him friends on the diamond.