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Need to get the old man a few books for his birthday.
He loves rugby, golf and football.
As controversial as possible please.

Cheers :thumbup:
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I don't read a lot of these books. But I think the Michael Lynagh book, where he suffered a stroke was very scary and topical for anyone over 40

Not that it's a miserable book. Not at all

It's got a lot of rugby in it. He's been smart enough to make it full of UK anecdotes, to make it appealing to UK readers.

Picking dogshit off the Saracens training paddock before training, alongside other famous types (Pienaar) was a highlight

Good, accessible read. Apart from the chapters on strike of course, which also lend it weight.

Just a suggestion. There's probably better recommendations. :thumbup:
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If you’re interested in the infallibility of New Zealand rugby and want a good propaganda piece the Jersey is quite good. Lots of interviews with old time New Zealanders and despite it’s bias it was quite insightful in to how they operate and the historical stuff was interesting. More meaty than a typical sports biography, tbf.

Have Schmidt and Best’s to read still, I assume they would be of interest to most Irish rugby fans.

Paulie’s is one of the best i’ve read though if you’re in to them.
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If has even a passing interest in boxing get him Andy lee's book, one of the better sports books I've read in a long time.
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Paul McGrath's autobiography is very good. Hard going though. Has a few Norman Whiteside stories to keep the Nordies interested.
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The best Irish sports book is unfortunately written by Gary Sliotar. Laptop Dancing and the nanny goat mambo.
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For an Ulsterman, got to be Trevor's book!
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The worst is Nick Popplewell’s autobiography. Beyond bad.
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Going back quite a bit but my favourite is Mud in Your Eye by Chris Laidlaw.
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Jim Lahey wrote:Need to get the old man a few books for his birthday.
He loves rugby, golf and football.
As controversial as possible please.

Cheers :thumbup:
Davy Tweed got one?
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Corrugated Iron - the Reggie Corrigan Story :thumbup:
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John Daniel's Confessions of a Rugby mercenary and The secret life of Tony Cascarino (written with Paul Kimmage)

They're not hot off the press but if not already read, Daniel's Kiwi meets French club rugby was compelling and Cascarino's especially well written and brutally honest. They're both "easy reads" but they are plain paperbacks and could be lacking in pictures and presentation in terms of a "Gift".?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Ru ... ooghydr-21

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Full-Time-Secr ... 074328531X

I'm no golfer but I understand there's a Nordie who's not bad.
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Cheers gents.
Opted for Paulie and Schmidt. Definitely one of those gifts that you know deep down are for you as you will be swiping them as soon as they've been read :smug:

Like the sound of Cascarino's one. Will check it out on Kindle.
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Ben Ryan's book Sevens Heaven is a cracking read
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Maradona’s autobiog is excellent.

“People accuse you of being on cocaine when you played for Barcelona - were you?”
“Of course I was! And I was fücking amazing!”
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John Grisham's "Playing for Pizza" is an interesting book, giving us rugby fans a bit of an insight into gridiron
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Relax Guys, it's not this one!
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BCM "Beware of the Dog" is a good read
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C69. I like Brian Moore and I will look out for the book.

Cheers. :thumbup:
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Druid wrote:C69. I like Brian Moore and I will look out for the book.

Cheers. :thumbup:
It's an excellent read tbh
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Bimboc69 wrote:BCM "Beware of the Dog" is a good read
Definitely, though not a ‘light’ read in the slightest (talks about being sexually abused as a boy, among other things).

Will Greenwood’s book of rugby short stories/articles is quite a good bedtime page turner - Bulgarian Bruises, Bloodgate and Other Stories (or something like that). The John Daniell book mentioned above is also very good; about the grind of being a club pro.
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Agassi’s book Open is one of the best sports bios I’ve read. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in no time compared to other books.
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Dallaglios one was shite, précis was:
I’m a good bloke, money means nothing to me
I’m rich
I was poor
My sister died
I was poor and sad
Played rugby
Was still sad about my sister even when I was cheating on my wife
Although I’m now rich I’m still a good bloke, albeit one without a sister
I’m now single, but still an only child good bloke who is rich but that doesn’t matter to me
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Agassi's book was pretty good, most sports autobiographies are shite.
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Undercover prop by Dan Crowley

The whole time he was playing test rugby for the wallabies he was an undercover cop, so they never put his picture in match programs and tv never interviewed him post match . The best rugby/ sports book I’ve ever read . Old heroes by Warwick Roger is a distant second .

All blacks tend to have terrible/boring books for the most part.
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mr bungle wrote:Agassi’s book Open is one of the best sports bios I’ve read. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in no time compared to other books.
Was about to suggest this. It's really not that tennis-specific, more about the pressures he felt trying to live up to expectations and the impacts of an overbearing father. He's very candid and there's very few hatchets in there, although Jim Courier does come across as an arse.

It's outstanding.
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You should also take the piss and get him the Tim Lovejoy book.

A very articulate review of it here:
https://www.wsc.co.uk/the-archive/42-Me ... ove-no-joy

My brother worked with him and he sounds utterly terrifying in a bland characterless pyscho sort of way.
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Tony Cascarino's autobiography is very good.
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bit off the wall compared to requested subject matter but Ironwar and Slaying the badger are the best sports books I have read.
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inactionman wrote:
mr bungle wrote:Agassi’s book Open is one of the best sports bios I’ve read. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in no time compared to other books.
Was about to suggest this. It's really not that tennis-specific, more about the pressures he felt trying to live up to expectations and the impacts of an overbearing father. He's very candid and there's very few hatchets in there, although Jim Courier does come across as an arse.

It's outstanding.
His father comes across as an abusive arsehole. The way he chewed up and spat out his elder brothers when they were deemed not good enough tennis players.

I love how easily he could explain away his positive test. Different times I suppose.
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shereblue wrote:John Daniel's Confessions of a Rugby mercenary and The secret life of Tony Cascarino (written with Paul Kimmage)

They're not hot off the press but if not already read, Daniel's Kiwi meets French club rugby was compelling and Cascarino's especially well written and brutally honest. They're both "easy reads" but they are plain paperbacks and could be lacking in pictures and presentation in terms of a "Gift".?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Ru ... ooghydr-21

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Full-Time-Secr ... 074328531X

I'm no golfer but I understand there's a Nordie who's not bad.
I found "confessions" to be desperately dull. The author's a bit too straitlaced - it was a good premise, but he didn't really have much interesting to say I though.
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Bill McLaren - The Voice of Rugby. Astonishing read, the man had enough horrors thrown his way for several lifetimes. Loved reading it.
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mr bungle wrote:Agassi’s book Open is one of the best sports bios I’ve read. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in no time compared to other books.
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Dan Carter's Perfect 10 is quite candid compared to contemporary NZ bios, but is now getting a bit long in the tooth.

It's definitely a step up from the somewhat turgid McCaw tome, while Read's was pretty average too.
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Fringes: Life on the Edge of Professional by Ben Mercer
Andretti by Doug Nye
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See you've already made your purchase but this is one of the best sports biographies I've read in a few years. The background to his upbringing, borderline abusive father and his sex addiction is really interesting.
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Apparently Wilkinson's book is quite good in an open and honest way but don't have it or have read it. Surprises me considering he comes across quite boring
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inactionman wrote:
mr bungle wrote:Agassi’s book Open is one of the best sports bios I’ve read. I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in no time compared to other books.
Was about to suggest this. It's really not that tennis-specific, more about the pressures he felt trying to live up to expectations and the impacts of an overbearing father. He's very candid and there's very few hatchets in there, although Jim Courier does come across as an arse.

It's outstanding.
McEnroe's was quite good too even just to see how much he justified his shit behaviour :lol:
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Paul Kimmage's book on Matt Hampson (Engage) is a good read - more about the man than the rugby though.
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Just to help with eliminating a title, I can thoroughly not recommend Unlocked by Ian Jones. Awful read, repeating story after story from All Blacks camps already published in other autobiographies.
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