2022 Preview: Sports

  14 Jan '22   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Our 2022 sports titles tackle timely topics like racism and misogyny in the sporting world, as well as looking back at some of the most memorable sporting events in history. Whether you’re a general sports enthusiast or are mad about golf, football, or rugby, we have the book for you.

  • Dreaming the Impossible: Can We Ever Have a Non-racial Sports World, Mihir Bose (May)
    From the 1960s through to the present day, journalist and author Mihir Bose takes us on a journey through the darker side of sport, examining race and racism in all its forms across a huge range of sporting competitions. This book delves into the stories of people who have played and managed sport at the highest level as well as owners and administrators, from a huge range of sports including: football, hockey, rugby, snooker, cricket, racing, boxing, basketball, NFL, golf, darts, tennis, athletics, rowing, swimming and eventing. Foreword by Roy Hodgson, former England and Crystal Palace manager. Dreaming the Impossible puts the sporting world under a microscope through the years, and examines the issue of race from all angles. A timely intervention set against the backdrop of the #blacklivesmatter movement across the world.
  • The Road to Barcelona: The Glory of 72 and My Life in Football, Dave Smith (May)
    On 24 May 2022 the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in the glittering history of Rangers Football Club will be marked. The triumph in the 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup final in Barcelona remains the Ibrox side’s one and only continental success, an honour that helped establish Rangers among the world’s elite. Dave Smith was a star in that final. Through 90 Minutes in Barcelona he recounts the inside story of the run to glory and the band of brothers who came together, as well as the path that led him to Ibrox and the real story of the conflict that led to his premature departure. Published to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rangers’ 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup final victory over Dynamo Moscow.
  • ‘Unsuitable for Females’: The Rise of the Lionesses and Women’s Football in England, Carrie Dunn (June)
    “Quite unsuitable for females” – these were the words used by the FA when, in 1921, they introduced a ban on women’s football in England that lasted until 1971. A hundred years later England’s Lionesses are on the front and back pages, featured on prime-time television and named in national honours lists for their contributions. But what happened before? This book tells the story of women’s football in England since its 19th-century inception through pen portraits of its trailblazers. Published ahead of the Women’s Euros in 2022.
  • The Long Golden Afternoon: Golf’s Age of Glory 1864-1914, Stephen Proctor (June)
    The Long Golden Afternoon tells the story of the transformative generation of golf that followed the rise of Young Tom Morris – an era of sweeping change that saw Scotland’s national pastime become one of the rare games played around the world. The generation that followed Tom would witness the game’s coming of age. It would see an explosion in golf’s popularity, the invention of revolutionary new balls and clubs, the emergence of professional tours, and the organisation of the game and its rules. Told against the backdrop of the passionate rivalry between Scotland and England. Stephen Proctor’s previous book Monarch of the Green was shortlisted for the Telegraph Sports Book of the Year in 2020.

More information about all these titles can be found in our Birlinn New Titles Catalogue.

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