30 great books about sport

Esquire (UK) - - Contents - By Paul Wil­son

Ali, Maradona, Clough, Senna and, er, Cas­carino… our pick of the best sports tales ever printed

What the fol­low­ing list in­cludes: two books about Brian Clough, two nov­els, two books on ten­nis and a dozen other sports cov­ered, plus backgam­mon. (Backgam­mon is not a sport.) And Muham­mad Ali gets his own sec­tion,

as Muham­mad Ali should

What the list does not in­clude: Foot­ball Against the En­emy or Be­yond a Bound­ary. Those were num­bers 31 and 32. (Sport: cruel mis­tress.) Wayne Rooney’s My Story So Far

What we guar­an­tee: at least one book that you’ve never read and can buy now in orig­i­nal pa­per for­mat for hol­i­day read­ing

this sum­mer

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