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Duncan Hamilton

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Duncan HamiltonDuncan Hamilton is an author and newspaper journalist. He lives in the Yorkshire Dales.

He is the only writer to have won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year twice. Provided You Don't Kiss Me won the award in 2007; as a young journalist for the Nottingham Evening Post, Hamilton followed the reign of Nottingham Forest's legendary manager Brian Clough, including the club's two European Cup wins in the 1970s.

He won the award again in 2009 for his biography of Harold Larwood, the England bowler most closely associated with the infamous 'bodyline' tour of Australia in 1932-3. He was also shortlisted in 2010 for A Last English Summer, in which he reflects on the past, present and future of cricket, set against the backdrop of a year as a spectator.

He has also written The Unreliable Life of Harry the Valet, the story of the audacious theft of the Duchess of Sutherland's priceless jewellery collection in 1898, and The Footballer Who Could Fly, which reflects upon some of the game's greatest players and how football was the only bond he found with his father.

 

Immortal by Duncan HamiltonHis latest book is Immortal, a biography of George Best publishing to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his debut for Manchester United. Hamilton chronicles the dizzying fame that Best's unique abilities granted him and the decline that led to his premature death, but most of all, the book is a tribute to the mercurial skills that see Best remembered as one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen.

Here Duncan recommends the very best football books his years of reading on the topic have uncovered. He suggests books by the doyen of football journalists, Brian Glanville, a peerless book on football tactics and David Winner's appreciation of the total football practised by the Dutch national team of the 1970s. He also recommends two books that are sadly out of print, although second-hand copies are available through Foyles marketplace: Journey to Wembley by Brian James and Pardon Me for Living by Geoffrey Green. He says:

James is on the FA Cup trail in 1976-77. He begins with a non-League club in Devon and is eventually inseparable from Liverpool's quest for the treble that season. I loved it when it first came out. I love it now. Green, the football correspondent for The Times, quotes Walt Whitman on the first page of his autobiography: 'I am a man; I contain multitudes'. Green was exactly like that - and he could write, too. I met him a few times when I was too young to appreciate his great talent properly.


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McIlvanney On Football
(Paperback)
Hugh McIlvanney
 
In park kick-abouts my friends all wanted to be George Best or Jimmy Greaves or Charlie Cooke. I always wanted to be Hugh McIlvanney. Reading him 40 years ago made me want to become a sports writer in the first place. This book – a masterpiece collection of his newspaper work from the 1960s onwards – will show you why. On every page you’ll find a sentence worthy of a gilt-frame. On most you’ll find as many as half a dozen. McIlvanney dazzles. He is a genius, and football ought to be eternally grateful that he chose to write about it.
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The Football Man: People & Passions ...
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Arthur Hopcraft; Michael Parkinson
 
Michael Parkinson, whose own fine talent as a writer is sometimes obscured by his television work, was a friend of Hopcraft’s and described him as ‘a perceptive and gifted observer’. The evidence runs, like a gold thread, through The Football Man, an essay collection published two years after England’s ‘wingless wonders’ won the World Cup. What Cartier-Bresson could do with a camera – freezing a moment or a character with elegance and beauty – so Hopcraft does with a pen. I guarantee this book will remain in print as long as the world spins.
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Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius...
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David Winner
 
The word ‘classic’ tends to get pinned too easily on too many titles. But I regard it as a justifiable description in regard to Football Against the Enemy and Brilliant Orange. I can’t put it any more highly than this. I wish I’d written both of them. I put the books together not only because each is intelligently and finely written, but also because the authors are first rate and conscientious reporters. They demonstrate how football spills into and impacts on politics and also social, cultural and national identity. The best books about sport aren’t only about sport. Here’s the proof.
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Football Against The Enemy: Football...
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Simon Kuper
 
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Football Memories: 50 Years of the...
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Brian Glanville
 
In the FA Book for Boys (22nd edition, 1969) Brian Glanville contributed a short piece about breaking into what the headline described as ‘Soccer Journalism’. He wrote about becoming a correspondent for Italy’s Corriere Dello Sport. There and then I wanted to know more; but I had to wait 30 years for Football Memories, which, as well as being an autobiography, is also something of a history of the game pre and post the Second World War. For Glanville has seen it all; and he has spoken to everyone in the process – and he has trenchant opinions about everything. I don’t mind dissolving into cliché because it seems so appropriate. What he doesn’t know about the game ain’t worth knowing.
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Immortal
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Duncan Hamilton
 
 
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Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years...
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Duncan Hamilton
 
 
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Harold Larwood
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Duncan Hamilton
 
 
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A Last English Summer
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Duncan Hamilton
 
 
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The Unreliable Life of Harry the...
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Duncan Hamilton
 
 
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The Footballer Who Could Fly
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Duncan Hamilton
 
 
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