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.
Fever Pitch 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.