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What a Flanker: The funniest sports biography you’ll ever read Hardcover – 1 Oct. 2020
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘Hilarious, and straight talking but also articulate and insightful – I am just hugely fond of this guy’
‘James Haskell: what a flanker, what a book’
‘I’d like to be remembered as a player who showed that you can be incredibly professional but also a lot of fun – a bit of a joker in the changing room, but the ultimate competitor on the pitch. That should have been the subtitle of this book, really…’
One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary, global experience of the game, having played for the Wasps, Northampton and England, and in New Zealand, France and Japan. After seventeen years and with 77 international caps under his sizeable belt, he has a shitload to say about rugby life – from pitch to pub and everywhere in between.
In What A Flanker, Haskell sheds fresh light on the dynamics and the day-to-day of the game. Whether he’s recalling the most brutal team socials; dispelling the myths surrounding New Zealand’s dominance; introducing his Japanese teammates to manscaping or calling out play-acting in the modern game, no subject is off limits.
Side-splittingly funny and ruthlessly honest, What A Flanker delves into the touring, drinking, training, eating and sometimes unconscionable antics of the professional rugby player. It’s an unforgettable read, even if there are some stories you’d rather forget…
[Correction: in the author biography and on p.22 of this book, it is stated in error that the House of Rugby podcast is now known as The Good, The Bad and The Rugby. The House of Rugby podcast continues and The Good, The Bad and The Rugby is a separate podcast.]
The funniest sports biography you’ll ever read
About the Author
James Haskell, 35, is one of the UK's most well-known rugby players. Having progressed through all levels of rugby, Haskell retired in 2019 with 77 England caps to his name, along with representation for the British and Irish Lions. Shortly after retiring, he featured in the 2019 series of I’m A Celeb and signed a professional MMA contract with Bellator. Haskell also currently hosts the podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby but his true passion is DJing, which has taken him around the world from Ibiza to Dubai, France, America and beyond.
- Publisher : HarperCollins (1 Oct. 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008403686
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008403683
- Dimensions : 15.9 x 3.3 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recommend it to anyone vaguely interested in the life of a professional sportsperson, it is a definite illustration of the high highs and the low lows that they go through trying to be the best at their chosen sport.
James should be very proud of his achievements, he is one my favourite sports stars and his book has only made him to go further up in my estimation, a true professional and gentlemen.
I did think he'd been stitched up on "I'm a celebrity" but he didn't help himself really.
As he says in the book, he's a "Marmite" personality but I always judge by the old rugby player maxim of "Would I want to have a beer and chat with him". The answer is yes, love him or loathe him he ain't boring.
Wish him good luck in MMA as he's going to need bucket loads of it (no offence Hask but you're not getting any younger and you've already confessed in the book where your injured weak points are... just saying mate :-) )
How about starting with a nice charity bout against Freddy Flintoff. He took the piss a bit when you were on "League of their own" and professes to be a bit of a boxer, and there was certainly no love lost between you. I'd pay to watch it.
There were certainly some laugh out loud sections and overall it was an easy read. James Haskell was a world class player and at times you can see a world class ego but some real fragility as well. He discusses life after top level sports and it is hard to fully appreciate just how huge a challenge this is, it is a shame that the game itself does not do more to help elite sportsmen to prepare for life after sport starting from their very first contract