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Rugby League books

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by eagleE, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. eagleE

    eagleE Active Member

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    I am currently reading the latest Jack Gibson book by Andrew Webster. It is a good read and I nearly finished the book within 3 days, I have been unable to put it down and luckily had the time to waste. It is one of the better Rugby League books I have read. The other one I really enjoyed was the Hazem Elmasri book. The Darren Lockyer book is boring. I know I will get howled down for this but I thought the Beaver book was boring as well.
    What is the best or one of the better Rugby League books you have read? Are there any that really don't hold back? What made those books so great? Are there any other sports books that you could really suggest reading?
     
  2. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    I enjoyed Beaver's book. Ian Roberts book is pretty good.
     
  3. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Arko: My Game, was one I enjoyed. Did'nt mind Beavers book. From other sports Bunker Spreckels book was interesting.
     
  4. jjai

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    Apparently Shane Webckes not a bad writer his 1st book had good wraps , i just have his 2nd one chronicling his football career using his scrap books & memorabilia most of the stuff his mum had kept ..good reading.. Him & Pricey were good mates always in the same rep teams..
    He ended up buying the pub in his home town , he has alot of ventures happening he is well set..[hr]
    there is a story behind most of the news paper cuttings or trophies & medals in this book it`s not a bad book..
    Has all his jnr rep teams pics , suprised how many made it into NRL even in the opposition teams he played against..
     
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  5. Blake

    Blake Active Member

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    Anyone read Steve Prices book? It'd be interesting to hear his views on coffs harbour and the salary cap, etc.
     
  6. SwornEagle

    SwornEagle Well-Known Member

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    Andrew John's - The Two of Me is a good read. A few Manly references in it, I found out what was behind him running out on Brooky Oval that day with red hair, I realized why the novacastrian supporters hate manly so much.. cos we absolutely smashed 'em at the begining of their clubs history. Contains alot more interesting pieces too.
     
  7. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Best I have are cliffies, moose, Wally o'connell, arko and Ian Roberts. Enjoyed beaver's too
     
  8. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    "Inside Out" , by Roy Masters is very good,all about the Super League war.
    Matthew Ridge's, "Take no Prisoners" is also very good.
    "My Game" Ken Arthurson, great.
    "Super League" Mike Coleman, very good.
    Have lots of others, even a signed copy of the "Utility Player", pretty lousy though.
    Most of these are out of print now, if you're ever down in the Sutherland Shire, you can borrow them.
     
  9. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    The forbidden code - The story of French RL

    Haven't read it yet but want to get Sean Fagan's book
     
  10. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    All of the above + Reg Reagan, This is my life. :p
     
  11. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The Menzies book is a snooze fest indeed.

    Arko is the best I have read.

    Other notables are the Webcke books (War Horse and Hard Road) are excellent, I enjoyed Cliff Lyons book (read it in a day though).

    I also like Andrew Johns'book, even though I didnt like the guy.

    The Moose that Roared was interesting, as was Big Artie.

    I hated Ian Roberts' book, didnt mind Des Hasler and Michael O'Connor

    Not football related, and containing a fair amount of lies, Bill Waterhouses book is a good read.

    If you like cricket grab 10 for 66 by Arthur Mailey.

    Something really funny and well written in Brian Johnson from AC/DC Rockers and Rollers, its a scream.
     
  12. Phantar

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    What about 'Raudonikus - Rugby League Stories?'

    The man was (and remains) a giant of the written word.
     
  13. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Slightly of topic could you imagine being around Tommy at the moment now that his beloved Maggies are playing there final season.

    I still hold hope for them Newtown disappeared for while there as well only to come back as Easts feeder.
     
  14. Manly To Win!

    Manly To Win! Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Frank Hyde's 'Straight between the posts', Andrew Johns 'The two of me', Cliffys 'From the Bush to Brookvale', Shane Webcke 'Hard Road', Hazem El Masri, Monty Betham, Paul Vautin are all ones I enjoyed. One that I really enjoyed recently is 'The Fitler Files' which is Brad Fitler's views on the 2011 season. It is an excellent read. Fitler can be surprisingly intelligent when he wants to be. I also always recommend Middleton's yearbooks as they are packed with information.
     
  15. Masked Eagle

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    I thought Des Hasler's book by kennelly was terrible. Just more so for the style of writing, and IMO it didn't suit the story. I thought Fatty's was good and Beavers was OK. In terms of history, The Sea Eagle has Landed is a must in a collection for any Manly supporter.
     
  16. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    LOL. Ironic, a book about Des written by a bloke called Kennel(ly). Fate??
     
  17. Peter C

    Peter C Well-Known Member

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    Really, it was a dog of a book.
     
  18. Phantar

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    Blow that dogwhistle ref, blow that dogwhistle...
     
  19. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Anyone here read John Elias's book ?? Wasn't it supposed to have contained some explosive revelations ??
     
  20. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Matthew Ridges one is really worth a read, highly recommend it

    Another which was a surprisingly good read was Bill Harrigans effort

    Have read Roberts, Jones, Freeman, Meninga, Todd, Menzies, Lyons to name some of them and didn't dislike any of them

    Matthew Johns - From the Sheds is another one that I enjoyed actually
     

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