Paul Kimmage - Author

About the Author

Paul Kimmage was a professional cyclist before he turned to journalism, twice competing in the Tour de France. His book Rough Ride is widely acknowledged to be the most honest account of life in the professional ranks. He has been named Sports Interviewer of the Year at the past five Sports Journalists' Association awards. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed Full Time, the autobiography of Tony Cascarino.

Featured books by Paul Kimmage

Engage The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson

Engage The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson

Author: Paul Kimmage Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2012

  Winner of the British Sports Book of the Year Award 2012.   Winner of the Best Biography/Autobiography at the British Sports Book Awards 2012. 'Engage!' was the last word Matt Hampson heard before dislocating his neck while in rugby training with other young England hopefuls. On a cold, grey, overcast day in 2005, the cream of young English rugby gathered at a Northampton training ground. Matt Hampson, 'Hambo' to his mates, was one of them. He had dreamt of playing rugby for England ever since he had picked up a rugby ball at school. His skill, conviction and dedication had brought him to the cusp of realising that dream, in an England U21 team that included Olly Morgan, Toby Flood, Ben Foden and James Haskell. But as the two sets of forwards engaged for a scrum on the training field, the scrum collapsed and Matt, who played tight-head prop, took the full force of two opposing sides. In that moment his life changed forever. Paul Kimmage went to visit Matt as he recuperated, and wrote a piece for the Sunday Times which won him his third successive SJA sports interviewer of the year award. They struck up a friendship and here, Paul tells Matt's whole story, in all its intimate detail. From the build-up to the dreadful day, to Matt's recuperation, to his struggle to adjust to normal life again, to his family and friends, to other tragic incidents on the rugby field, to the response of the RFU, this is a story of terrible sadness yet unadorned triumph and joy, of anger yet of reconciliation and peace ...of a boy who became a man.

Other books by Paul Kimmage

Una dura carrera

Una dura carrera

Author: Paul Kimmage Format: eBook Release Date: 25/05/2016

Una dura carrera. Por los entresijos del ciclismo, a rueda de un ciclista profesional, es uno de los mejores libros nunca escritos sobre la vida de un ciclista profesional. Por primera vez, la obra de Paul Kimmage en castellano. Un clsico de 1990 nunca traducido al castellano hasta ahora, que viene con un nuevo prlogo, as como con captulos adicionales escritos en 1998 y 2007, en los que el autor reflexiona sobre su vida dentro y fuera del deporte. Paul Kimmage soaba en su infancia con alcanzar la gloria en el ciclismo: vestir el maillot amarillo en el Tour de Francia y convertirse en un hroe nacional. Saba que era un camino difcil, pero estaba dispuesto a pelear y entrenaba duro para ello. Su dedicacin comenz a dar frutos. Represent a su pas, Irlanda, en los Campeonatos del Mundo, alcanzando un magnfico sexto puesto en aficionados y lleg al profesionalismo en 1986. Fue entonces cuando se top con la realidad. Pronto descubri que no todo era gloria y coraje, y que no era tanto cunto te entrenabas o qu motivacin tenas. Era un mundo de duras derrotas, esfuerzos extenuantes y dopaje. No era el dopaje lo que te aseguraba una victoria, pero s te permita terminar las etapas y sobrevivir un da ms en las carreras. Paul Kimmage dej el ciclismo para escribir este libro. Es un testimonio honesto y poderoso que rompi la ley del silencio que imperaba en el ciclismo sobre el tema del dopaje. Un esclarecedor relato y un desgarrador lamento que cualquier persona interesada en el deporte debiera leer. Ganador del William Hill Sports Book of the Year en 1990 (mejor libro deportivo del ao en Gran Bretaa)

Full Time: The Secret Life Of Tony Cascarino

Full Time: The Secret Life Of Tony Cascarino

Author: Paul Kimmage Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2013

In a world where so many books by and about footballers are little more than bland PR exercises, Full Timebreaks the mould decisively. Stripping away the facade of what we think life must be like for an international football star, Paul Kimmage reveals a different story when it comes to Irish footballer Tony Cascarino. Scarred by his childhood, haunted by indiscretion and troubled by a secret from his past, Cascarino is struggling to find answers as he speeds towards the most terrifying juncture in sport: the end. As Cascarino opens up about his fears, crippling loss of confidence and sexual indiscretion, no wonder The Timesvoted it one of the Top Ten football books of all time and Eamon Dunphy said of it: 'If it were fiction this book could win the Booker Prize.'

Engage The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson

Engage The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson

Author: Paul Kimmage Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2012

  Winner of the British Sports Book of the Year Award 2012.   Winner of the Best Biography/Autobiography at the British Sports Book Awards 2012. 'Engage!' was the last word Matt Hampson heard before dislocating his neck while in rugby training with other young England hopefuls. On a cold, grey, overcast day in 2005, the cream of young English rugby gathered at a Northampton training ground. Matt Hampson, 'Hambo' to his mates, was one of them. He had dreamt of playing rugby for England ever since he had picked up a rugby ball at school. His skill, conviction and dedication had brought him to the cusp of realising that dream, in an England U21 team that included Olly Morgan, Toby Flood, Ben Foden and James Haskell. But as the two sets of forwards engaged for a scrum on the training field, the scrum collapsed and Matt, who played tight-head prop, took the full force of two opposing sides. In that moment his life changed forever. Paul Kimmage went to visit Matt as he recuperated, and wrote a piece for the Sunday Times which won him his third successive SJA sports interviewer of the year award. They struck up a friendship and here, Paul tells Matt's whole story, in all its intimate detail. From the build-up to the dreadful day, to Matt's recuperation, to his struggle to adjust to normal life again, to his family and friends, to other tragic incidents on the rugby field, to the response of the RFU, this is a story of terrible sadness yet unadorned triumph and joy, of anger yet of reconciliation and peace ...of a boy who became a man.

Rough Ride Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist

Rough Ride Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist

Author: Paul Kimmage Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2007

First published in 1990, Rough Ride is one of the greatest books ever written about the life of a professional athlete. Almost twenty years later, Yellow Jersey is publishing an updated edition of this cycling classic, with a new foreword by the author which reflects on his life both inside and outside the sport. Paul Kimmage's boyhood dreams were of cycling glory: wearing the yellow jersey, cycling the Tour de France, becoming a national hero. He knew it wouldn't come easy, but he was prepared to put in the graft: he spent his teenage years cycling an average of 400 miles per week. The dedication began to pay off. As an amateur, he represented his country and finished sixth in the World Championships. In 1986 he turned professional. That's when reality hit. He soon discovered it wasn't about glory and courage, and it wasn't about how much training you put in or how much you wanted to win. It was about gruelling defeats, complete and utter exhaustion, and it was about drugs. Not drugs that would ensure victory, but drugs that would allow you to finish the race and start another day. Paul Kimmage left the sport to write this book. It is a powerful and frank account that breaks the law of silence surrounding the issue of drugs in sport. An eye-opening expose and a heartbreaking lament, it is a book that anyone interested in any sport should read. Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award

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