PAUL GOGARTY & IAN WILLIAMSON
What raises outstanding champions above their rivals? What drives our greatest sports men and women to jump further, run faster, play better?
Journalist Paul Gogarty and Jungian analyst Ian Williamson take an in-depth look at the devils and demons that force great sporting geniuses to push themselves beyond the limits. Aimed at laymen, the authors explore the psychological triggers that just might provide the electricity for some of the world’s most outstanding sporting successes.
What Gogarty and Williamson discover on their journey through the stadium of the mind is that the seed of greatness and domination can also be a curse. Why did Dean Karnazes head off on a 1000-mile 'fun run' after completing his 50th back-to-back marathon in the US? Why so many pranks and pratfalls for Gazza and how come Michael Jordan retired from basketball three times when he was already universally acknowledged as the greatest player of all time? What makes Jonny Wilkinson and David Beckham practice endlessly - it's not just fitness. What made Mike Tyson graphically describe his aim in the ring to catch his opponent 'right on the tip of the nose, because I try to push the bone into the brain.' And just why is it that Romanian striker Adrian Mutu insists on wearing his underpants inside out?
This book follows the lives, the heroic feats, the wild behaviour and the relentless quest for perfection of some of the great sporting icons of our time.
PAUL GOGARTY's personal sporting past is very much Everyman’s – a reasonable footballer, squash player, hurdler and swimmer, lacking the necessary psychological profile to compensate for his ordinariness.
IAN WILLIAMSON is a practising Jungian analyst who for 15 years, under the nickname Crazy Horse, captained Blackheath and was on the fringes of the England rugby team. He is also a former Cambridge Blue in rugby and general sporting all-rounder and obsessive.
For 30 years the pair have been close friends, viewing, talking and arguing about sport. The book is a result of those ongoing discussions.
JR Books WEL
Toho Shupman Japan
Material: finished copies (242pp).
Winner of the Best Narrative Travel Book Award (British Guild of Travel Writers)
A fascinating journey along England's coast road. Within the next one hundred years, the conveyor belt of the Gulf Stream will almost certainly switch off, suddenly plunging Britain into the kind of arctic conditions its latitude deserves - three months of snow annually, and ice floes off the coast. But now, the picture is very different.
THE COAST ROAD presents an idiosyncratic and illuminating snapshot of England and what it is to be English today. Paul Gogarty travels 3000 miles in a motor home, exploring intimate coastal communities and pondering the future of the English coast.
THE COAST ROAD is a warm-hearted tribute to England's coastline written by a romantic spirit who beautifully captures both the character of the nation and the euphoria of being on the open road.
'A journey that many who only seek out the best beaches might consider tedious in the extreme turns into a love letter to a changing, but ever present fact of England - its coastline. Gogarty clearly feeds off the mutability of this landscape and also the way in which it has absorbed and recorded some of the most outstanding moments in British history. But what Gogarty does best is handle a vast topic with a light touch. The Coast Road is absorbing and informative, but also alive to the humour of the English seaside and not above the odd wry observation ('the "Welcome to Dover" sign is more an introduction to English humour than an actual greeting,' he writes early on).While Bill Bryson milked the provincial nature of his subject for all the pathos and ugly humour it was worth in Notes From a Small Island, Gogarty is kinder; he's a sentimental traveller, and when faced with the vastness and variety of the coast and its people that is no bad thing.' The Observer
'No one has a better eye for a character, or a better ear for a quirky quote than Gogarty. 'Brighton is to the Continent what Folkestone is to the incontinent,' he chortles, and from a letter to the poet Thomas Moore in 1829, he quotes: 'Brighton ... is still very gay and full of balls'. Occasionally his similes reach poetic heights - descriptions such as 'tarmacked roads are the varicose veins of England' and 'the Mexican wave of wheat fields' are but two delightful examples. With intriguing historical facts thrown in ... Gogarty has produced a wonderful summer odyssey. It is a celebration of Englishness and an indelible record of a doomed and vanishing landscape.' Daily Mail (Critics Choice)
Robson Books UK & USA
Material: finished copies.
WINNER OF TWO GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS AWARDS 2003
A celebration of a secret England, a powerful personal odyssey, a magical rite of passage. To escape the hurrysickness of modern life, acclaimed travel writer and TV presenter Paul Gogarty disappears for four months into a maze of canals linking the Thames with the Severn, Mersey and Trent. Here he discovers a world no less enchanted than Alice's - a secret network as powerful as ley lines.
On this journey across the face of England - a hidden garden flashed with kingfishers and colourful narrowboats, glorious sunshine and sleeting rain - the author weaves a mesmerising tale packed with drama, hilarious encounters and illuminating reflection as he revels in the canal network's second golden age following a century of neglect.
'Gogarty has a sharp eye for character and his warm-hearted book proves a triumph of the romantic spirit, a labour of love among the slow-moving, quick-witted narrow-boaters of England. This world is evoked with wit and a wealth of lively anecdotage by a writer who is always good company.' Daily Telegraph
'Paul Gogarty manages brilliantly to convey a boatman’s total euphoria in his delightful account of a four-month narrowboat idyll spent pootling along the 900 miles of central England’s inland waterways known as the Cut … his enthusiasm bounces off every page and I was completely mesmerised.' Daily Mail (Critics Choice)
'…entertaining, informative and thought-provoking… The book is a classic.' Margaret Cornish, Waterways World January 2003
'His tale is a compelling contrast of light and shade… populated by a peculiar cast of characters of almost Dickensian eccentricity.' Morgan Falconer, Ham & High Jan 10, 2003
'This gentle, unusual travel book charts the author's narrowboat journey along 900 miles of England's canals. As he travels from London to Leeds then back again, Gogarty seeks a more humane navigation through life. The book's pace is as restful as a narrowboat's progress. His surroundings are constantly in flux, and he presents us with a cinematic sequence of glittering backwaters, rolling green fields and rich birdlife but also interludes of litter, abandoned industry and busy city waterfronts. Gogarty's keen powers of observation bring each region of England alive for the reader. An impressive journey.' The Good Book Guide
Robson Books UK & USA
Material: finished copies.