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Behind the Lions Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions by Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain
  

Behind the Lions Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions

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Shortlisted for the Rugby Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2013.

What does it mean to be a British Lion and part of a 125 year old tradition? In this unique book, perfect for any rugby fan, four acclaimed sports writers try to get to the essence of a Lion and the esteemed red jersey by interviewing a vast number of former ‘tourists’. 2013 will see an estimated 10,000 rugby fans travel to Hong Kong and 40,000 to Australia to see the matches.

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Behind the Lions Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions by Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain

For 125 year the British & Irish Lions have been stood out as a unique emblem in world sport. They represent the best of the best from the four Home Nations, coming together every four years under a united badge to take on the rugby greats of the Southern Hemisphere. Lions tours embody a revered legacy that is steeped in tradition yet maintains a vibrant standing in the modern era. The Lions badge is a symbol of the ethics, values and the romance at the heart of Test match rugby. Every four years the rugby world's focus is drawn to a great red pilgrimage as the Lions embark on a brutal and exhilarating tour that challenges the very limits of their rugby ability and the strengths of their characters. They travel to the far reaches of the earth to confront the great powers in the world game - and the weight of history itself. 'Behind the Lions' sees four esteemed rugby writers from each of the Home Nations delve to the heart of what it means to be a Lion, interviewing a vast array of former tourists to uncover the passion, pride and exhilaration experienced when wearing the famous red jersey. It is a tale of heart-break and ecstasy, humour and poignancy that is at once inspirational, moving and utterly compelling. This is the story of the British & Irish Lions - in their own words.

Reviews

***** - Rugby World 'utterly compelling' - Planet Rugby 'comfortably the most interesting and entertaining history of the Lions' - Irish Times


About the Author

Stephen Jones is a multi award-winning The Sunday Times rugby correspondent and world-renowned rugby expert. He is the author of several books on the sport, including Lion Man: The Autobiography of Ian McGeechan, Midnight Rugby: Triumph and Shambles in the Professional Era, and Endless Winter: Inside Story of the Rugby Revolution which was the winner of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

Tom English is the award-winning chief sports writer for the Scotland on Sunday and has been voted Scottish Sport's Feature Writer of the Year by the Scottish Press Association for three years running. He has held posts with The Sunday Times, Sunday Express and The Scotsman. He won Rugby Book of the Year at the 2010 British Sports Book Awards for his novel, The Grudge.

Nick Cain is a rugby columnist for The Sunday Times and chief writer for The Rugby Paper. He edited Rugby World magazine for nine years, and is the co-author of The Lions Diary with Jeremy Guscott and Rugby Union for Dummies.

David Barnes is a freelance journalist, covering rugby for various newspapers. He is the co-author of Jim Renwick's autobiography, Centre of Excellence, and the co-author of Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland, published in 2010.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th October 2012

Author

Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain

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Publisher

Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners
Sport from the Armchair


ISBN

9781909715127

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