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Category archive: Books and reviews

15 Jun

Hillsborough disaster retold in fans’ own words

Hillsborough Disaster book cover

ERIC BROWN was reporting for a national agency on that dreadful, fateful day at Hillsborough in April 1989. Here, he reviews a book which has put together first-hand accounts which offer some answers to what led to the worst tragedy in British sporting history

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6 Jun

Fond tributes paid to Sportspages’ John Gaustad

John Gaustad: a sports writing innovator

STEVEN DOWNES on the founder of a sports book store and awards who helped to raise the status of sports writing in this country

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2 Jun

Absorbing tale of United player rated ‘better than Giggs’

Forever Young book cover

RANDALL NORTHAM on a book by Oliver Kay which tells the forgotten story of one of football’s lost talents

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19 May

Copenhagen’s not so wonderful, wonderful book

A miracle of sorts: Alan Smith with his hands on a trophy for Arsenal in 1994

ERIC BROWN reviews a fan’s flawed account of an Arsenal triumph in Europe

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16 May

Uncovering the power of sport to take control

Eat Sweat Play cover

PAUL BROWN found Anna Kessel’s new book about sport, and women, inspiring

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26 Apr

Golden memories recalled in 50th anniversary book

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Patrick Collins, Jim Lawton and Steve Curry are just some of the leading sports writers who have contributed to a 50th anniversary book which takes readers back to the glorious summer of 1966

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24 Mar

How media got ugly about the beautiful game

Book cover

SARAH JUGGINS on a football book which places the sports media firmly in its place

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12 Mar

The beautiful game that we grow to love to hate

What I hate about football

VIEW FROM THE PRESSBOX: Is there something about the modern game which gets your hackles up? ERIC BROWN’s encountered a couple of club press officers he’d like to mention…

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28 Dec

Here’s proof of what is needed to get published

Generic Books

VIEW FROM THE PRESSBOX: Think you’ve got a sports journalists’ life story to write? Publisher RANDALL NORTHAM is sceptical, but offers some advice on publishing it

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30 Nov

The sociologists’ take on the rise of Ronaldo


PETER WILSON on a definitive biography of one of the world’s greatest footballers

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