REVIEW: Coming Clean, by Terry Newton and Phil Wilkinson

Coming Clean, by Terry Newton and Phil Wilkinson

Coming Clean, by Terry Newton and Phil Wilkinson

Terry Newton’s death was the most upsetting, gut-wrenching rugby league story of 2010.

Now Coming Clean, Newton’s autobiography that was published just weeks beforehand, stands as one of the most poignant sporting books in recent memory.

Newton had his troubles. But he was undoubtedly one of the finest hookers to grace Super League.

Leeds, Wigan, Bradford, Wakefield and Great Britain all benefited from his guile, guts and determination – not to mention his craft around the play-the-ball.

Coming Clean is Newton’s story, from signing for Warrington as a 14-year-old through to the day a letter arrived from UK Sport notifying him that he had become the first athlete in world sport to test positive for human Growth Hormone (hGH). [Read more…]

REVIEW: Don’t die with the music in you, by Wayne Bennett

Don't die with the music in you, by Wayne Bennett

Nobody involved in rugby league commands as much respect as Wayne Bennett.

His track record says it all; over and over again, he’s come out on top.

Don’t die with the music in you shows why – and how – he’s achieved what he has.

It isn’t just a book about the game he calls ‘footy’; it’s a book about life, about being the best you can be, about reaching your goals and living the right way.

Written in a short, punchy style, it’s an easy read that provides you with a gem less than two minutes after opening, no matter which page you land on. [Read more…]