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    9781784756116 Paperback / softback, Trade, , $19.99 CAD
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    Distributor: Penguin Random House Availability: Not available On Sale Date: Jul 25, 2017 Carton Quantity: 12
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No Hunger in Paradise
The Players. The Journey. The Dream.
By (author): Michael Calvin
9781780896304 Hardcover English General Trade SPORTS & RECREATION / Soccer Jul 25, 2017
$35.99 CAD
Out of print 5.69 x 8.72 x 1.54 in 464 pages Random House Canada UK Distribution Century
This is the third part in Mike Calvin’s football book trilogy. First he wrote about scouts in The Nowhere Men. Next he wrote about the pressures of managers in Living on the Volcano. Now he writes about the players themselves, in his biggest and most ambitious book yet.

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, No Hunger in Paradise is the definitive book on what it takes to make it as a professional footballer in this country, and the pitfalls, pressures and casualties along the way.

From visiting gangs in council estates in Brixton which have produced England internationals, to £200 million training complexes in Manchester, which only breed jealousy and entitlement, Mike follows the stories of the most promising young players up and down the country. He also interviews parents, coaches, agents and top managers and players to get an overall picture of the system, which is rife with corruption and abuse.

No Hunger in Paradise
is full of powerful human stories: of the youngsters who fall through the cracks and of those who fall prey to the entitlement and distraction of money. But in the vein of Gladwell’s Outliers, he also explores the inspirational stories of grit and of success, and attempts to find out what common traits unite the rare individuals who ‘make it’.

Michael Calvin is one of the UK’s most acclaimed sports writers. He was named Sports writer of the Year for his despatches as a crew member in a round the world yacht race and has twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year. He is currently chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday.
His last book, The Nowhere Men, won the Times Sports Book of the Year prize in 2014. Proud, his collaboration with former Wales and British Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas, was named Autobiography of the Year in the Cross Pens British Sports Book Awards in 2015.

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