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July/August - A Sporting Read

Top 10 Sports Reads. Click on the covers to go to the library catalogue.

 rough ride cover Paul Kimmage
Rough Ride
[Stanley Paul, 1990] 

 sweet science cover A.J. Liebling
The Sweet Science
[Simon & Schuster, 1987] 
 foulplay cover Joe Humphreys
Foul Play: What’s Wrong with Sport
[Icon, 2008]
 season ticket cover Jonathan Tulloch
The Season Ticket
[J. Cape, 2000]
 dartsboard cover Justin Irwin
Murder on the Darts Board
[Portico, 2008]
 hooked cover Justin McCarthy
Hooked: A Hurling Life
[Gill & Macmillan, 2002]
 sportinglife cover David Storey
This Sporting Life
[Vintage, 2000; orig. publ. 1960]
 Back From The Brink cover Paul McGrath
Back from the Brink
[Century, 2006]
 In Black and White cover Donald McRae
In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens
[Scribner, 2002]
 collectivejoycover Barbara Ehrenreich
Dancing in the Streets: a History of Collective Joy
[Granta, 2008] 

 

Honourable Mentions

Brian Corcoran & Kieran Shannon  Every Single Ball: The Brian Corcoran Story 
Anthony Foley  Axel
Micheal O’Muircheartaigh  From Borroloola to Mangerton Mountain:
Travels and Stories from Ireland's Most Beloved Broadcaster
Tony Adams  Addicted
Roy Keane & Eamon Dunphy  Keane: The Autobiography
Lance Armstrong  It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life
Thomas Hauser   Muhammed Ali: His Life and Times
Christopher Hilton  Senna: Memories and Mementoes From a Life Lived at Full Speed
Breandán Ó hÉithir  Over the Bar: A Personal Relationship with the GAA
Moss Keane   Rucks, Mauls and Gaelic Football
Mike Herd (ed.)  The Guardian Book of Football: 50 Years of Classic Writing
Gabriel Fitzmaurice  In Praise of Football (poetry) 
Nick Coleman & Nick Hornby  The Picador book of Sports Writing
Arthur Hopcraft  The Football Man: People and Passions in Soccer

 

Sports Fiction

Don DeLillo  End Zone
David Peace  The Damned Utd
Nick Hornby  Fever Pitch
James Patterson & Peter DeJong.  Miracle on the 17th Green
John Grisham  The Bleachers
John Grisham  Playing for Pizza
Norman Maclean  A River Runs Through It
Harlan Coben  Deal Breaker, and the other Myron Bolitar novels
Ross O’Carroll Kelly (aka Paul Howard)  The Mis-education Years and the other Ross O'Carroll Kelly novels
Dick Francis  Silks