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The Rayburn Book Club – Recommended Reads for Sport Lovers

Last updated: Jan 30th, 2019

Recommended Summer Reads for Sport Lovers

The summer holidays are here and now’s the time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains or to the world of a good book!

As a team of sport enthusiasts, we’ve always got a good sport book on the go and we wanted to share some of our favourites with you.

So put the kettle on, pull up a chair and tuck into one of our top summer reads…

Saturday 3pm, Daniel Grey

Saturday 3pm comprises fifty witty essays of prose poetry that will make you fall in love with football all over again. Relatable to anyone who has gone through the emotional upheaval of that ball-hitting-bar moment, or fallen in love with Jimmy Armfield’s voice, these love letters to football will remind you of everything that’s great about the game. We recommend reading after a loss or draw – it might just sweeten the blow!

My Father and Other Working Class Heroes, Gary Imlach

My Father and Other Working Class Heroes is a moving story of a son putting together the pieces of his father’s past to understand his relationship with football. Beautifully blending the personal and the historical, Imlach depicts the game as it once was and how it has changed.   

The Lions; When the going gets tough: Behind the Scenes, Ian McGeechan

One for the rugby heads, this read celebrates rugby at the top level. Looking at what it means to be a ‘Lion’, McGeechen brings to life many of the rugby legends with whom he played or coached, exploring how some of the most successful Lions tours in history were built.

The Damned United, David Peace

In the hugely acclaimed novel of 70s football, Peace brings to life one of the most controversial and charismatic figures in football. Following Brian Clough’s 44-day post as Leeds United Manager, Peace illustrates the battle he faced which was set to make or break the club – or him.

Take a look at more of our read recommendations on our blog!