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'Feeling is the thing that happens in 1000th of a second'

Christian Ryan
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Christian Ryan
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Between the Wars

Philip Ziegler
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Philip Ziegler
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A Yorkshire Tragedy

Anthony Clavane
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Anthony Clavane
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Forever Young

Oliver Kay
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Oliver Kay

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR'This football book is about something even more important than the "beautiful game"; it is a story of the human spirit.' - Mick Hume, The Times Adrian Doherty was not a typical footballer. For one thing, he was blessed with extraordinary talent. Those who played alongside and watched him in the Manchester United youth team in the early 1990s insist he was as good as Ryan Giggs - possibly even better. Giggs, who played on the opposite wing, says he is inclined to agree.Doherty was also an eccentric - by football standards, at least. When his colleagues went to Old Trafford to watch the first team on Saturday afternoons, he preferred to take the bus into Manchester to go busking. He wore second-hand clothes, worshipped Bob Dylan, read about theology and French existentialism and wrote songs and poems. One team-mate says "it was like having Bob Dylan in a No 7 shirt".On his 17th birthday, Doherty was offered a five-year contract - unprecedented for a United youngster at that time - and told by Alex Ferguson that he was destined for stardom. But what followed over the next decade is a tale so mysterious, so shocking, so unusual, so amusing but ultimately so tragic, that you are left wondering how on earth it has been untold for so long.The stories of Doherty's contemporaries, that group of Manchester United youngsters who became known as the "Class of '92", are well known. Giggs ended up as the most decorated player in United's history; David Beckham became the most recognisable footballer on the planet; Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and others are household names. The story you don't know is about the player who, having had the world at his feet, died the day before his 27th birthday following an accident in a canal in Holland.

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Gold Fame Citrus

Claire Vaye Watkins
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Claire Vaye Watkins

Desert sands have laid waste to the south-west of America. Las Vegas is buried. California - and anyone still there - is stranded. Any way out is severely restricted. But Luz and Ray are not leaving. They survive on water rations, black market fruit and each other's need. Luz needs Ray, and Ray must be needed. But then they cross paths with a mysterious child, and the thirst for a better future begins. It's said there's a man on the edge of the Dune Sea. He leads a camp of believers. He can find water. Venturing into this dry heart of darkness, Luz thinks she has found their saviour. For the will to survive taps hidden powers; and the needed, and the needy, will exploit it.Like Margaret Atwood, Claire Vaye Watkins uses dystopia to traverse the scarred frontier of the heart, exploring the myths we tell about others and ourselves. In her bare and brilliant prose, nature and human nature, conspiracy and cult, motherhood and manhood are played out across the vast, implacable desert.

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Castlereagh

John Bew
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John Bew

MacLehose Press

A Dog's Life

Michael Holroyd
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Michael Holroyd
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Dog's Life

MICHAE HOLROYD
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MICHAE HOLROYD
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Emperors Once More

Duncan Jepson
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Duncan Jepson

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Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps

Simon Briggs
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Simon Briggs
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Hash

Wensley Clarkson
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Wensley Clarkson

For millions of people across the world, lighting up a joint is no more controversial than having a cup of tea. But in Hash Wensley Clarkson explores the dark and sinister side of this multi-billion pound business: one fuelled by a brutal underworld network of dealers, drug barons, bent cops and even terrorists. Sex, intimidation, bribery and murder are all employed in a quest for vast profits. Travelling from the lawless Rif mountains in Morocco to darkened warehouses in Spain, protected by heavily armed gangsters, this is a revelatory roller-coaster ride through the secret world of Hash.

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Beauty and the Inferno

Roberto Saviano
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Roberto Saviano

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Making Haye

Elliot Worsell
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Elliot Worsell
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A Last English Summer

Duncan Hamilton
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Duncan Hamilton
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A Last English Summer

Duncan Hamilton
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Duncan Hamilton

Anthony Clavane

Anthony Clavane was born in Leeds in 1960. He started life as a history teacher and is now chief sports writer for the Sunday Mirror. He has won Press Gazette Feature Writer of the Year and BT Regional Sportswriter of the Year awards. His previous book Promised Land: A Northern Love Story was named both Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year by the National Sporting Club, Sports Book of the Year by The Radio 2 Book Club, and won the award for Football Book of the Year at the 2011 British Sports Book Awards.

Christian Ryan

Christian Ryan is one of the most stylish and intelligent of writers on the sport today. He was awarded UK Cricket Book of the Year in 2010 for Golden Boy, his book on Kim Hughes's tempestuous period as Captain of the Australian Cricket team.

Duncan Hamilton

Duncan Hamilton is deputy editor of the Yorkshire Post. He is the author of the 2007 William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Provided You Don't Kiss me: 20 Years with Brian Clough (Fourth Estate).

Elliot Worsell

Elliot Worsell has followed David Haye's career intensely for the past decade.He lived with the champion, spent many hours in his company, and is allowed closer to Haye than anybody else in the precious final hours before battle. Worsell has worked as a boxing and mixed martial arts writer since the age of sixteen. He has been published in Boxing News, Boxing Monthly and The Ring magazine, and has freelanced for numerous national British newspapers. He is also the main contributor and Features Editor for David Haye's official bookazine, Hayemaker.

Oliver Kay

Oliver Kay is Chief Football Correspondent for The Times.