|Back from the Brink: The Autobiography||
One of the most harrowing stories you are likely to read, football or otherwise. His problems in life without beyond alcoholism.
|Seabiscuit: Three Men and a Racehorse||
I am no fan of horse racing, but I absolutely loved this book. Hillenbrand's thundering narrative is exceptional.
The first book I ever read and the only one I have read twice. Still resonates to this day. Every football fan should read it.
|Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics||
The writing is drier than the proverbial nun's chuff, but a valuable book for anyone who views the game as we do on the podcast.
|Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game||
The ever-increasing reliance on stats started with this. From such a black and white topic, Lewis paints a wonderful picture.
|Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bryson)||
No writer makes me laugh as consistently as the dry-witted American who moved to Britain many moons ago. This is my favourite.
|A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away (Angelique De Xavier)||
I'm a sucker for crime books and I love Brookmyre's sarcastic prose, even if it feels a little contrived at times.
|The Black Dahlia: The first book in the classic L.A. Quartet crime series||
Ellroy's books forever leave an imprint on your soul. This is my favourite of his but I'd also recommend L.A. Confidential.
|Animal Farm: a fairy story (Great Orwell)||
I'm not a "classics" reader by any stretch but this is one I finished in about two days. A fast-paced political, and social, commentary.
|A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke||
Provides a invaluable insight into the insecurities of professional footballers and the devastation of depression.