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Category archive: Books and reviews

1 Oct

Latchford’s road was long haul in search of glory

Bob Latchford

ERIC BROWN catches up with the autobiography of a 30-goal-a-season striker who ended his football career without any major medals

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30 Sep

Dark side of sport reflected in 2015 vintage books

The Ugly Game

ANTON RIPPON runs the rule over the recently announced long-list for the 2015 Sports Book of the Year Award

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25 Sep

French hero Rives transcends the true art of rugby

Rugby and Art

PETER BILLS, the biographer of Jean Pierre Rives, reviews a new book about the former international and his latest career, as a sculptor

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18 Sep

The Beckham playbook that will kick off debate


Was he actually any good? ERIC BROWN looks at the evidence assembled in Steve Tongue’s new book

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16 Sep

Blown is wartime spy story you’ll read cover to cover

BLOWN jacket

ANTON RIPPON reckons the latest racing history book from sportswriter Jamie Reid is a real page-turner

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11 Sep

Rugby writer’s life on the road is a must read

Peter Bills book

Spike Milligan, Keith Moon, Oliver Reed and Nelson Mandela all feature in the autobiography of SJA member Peter Bills. Reviewed by PETER WILSON

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10 Sep

Book that puts the Cherries on top for Bournemouth Echo

Bournemouth celebration: a book whose time has come

Not for the first time, ANTON RIPPON has had a great publishing idea, years ahead of its time

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7 Sep

Volcanic lives of survivors of the sack race

Calvin book cover

Did you hear about the football manager who underwent electric shock treatment to treat depression, or the one who has moved home 33 times? JANINE SELF has after reading Michael Calvin’s latest book

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2 Sep

100 not out: “triumph of quantity over quality”

Giller book cover

Stand-by for 800 words of sheer self-indulgence. NORMAN GILLER’s got a book to plug. His one-hundredth

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24 Aug

Fairclough’s number comes up in Liverpool book

Fairclough book

ERIC BROWN reviews a controversial autobiography in which a former Anfield star accuses his European Cup-winning manager of being “cowardly”

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