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Engage The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage
  

Engage The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson

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British Sports Book of the Year 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.

The shocking, controversial, moving story of Matt Hampson, the rugby player who dislocated his neck and was paralysed in a England training session

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Engage The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage

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.

Reviews

'A genuine must read' * Sport magazine * 'This is a big call to make but no amount of head scratching contemplation has prompted recall of a finer rugby book than this ... the quality and the ingenuity of the narrative takes your breath away' * Rugby World * 'Engage's honest and unblinking approach to the scale of his disaster makes this book much bleaker [and better] than just an uplifting triumph-over-adversity tale' * Sunday Times * 'A hellish, inspiring and often hilarious account' * Daily Telegraph *'


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.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th April 2012

Author

Paul Kimmage

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

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Biography: sport

ISBN

9781847393142

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