The Guardian shed some light on the best books of 2014 in an article on Monday.
I would like to preface this blog post by saying that I am no sports expert. I occasionally watch a game of football when one of my brothers decides to take over the living room, but I in no way understand all the rules and regulations. That being said, here are the three of the six sports books highlighted in the article:
- The Second Half by Roy Keane: Keane’s autobiography depicts how he transitioned from playing sports professionally to becoming a manager to a broadcaster. The Guardian calls it the “most engrossing sports autobiography of 2014.”
- KP by Kevin Pietersen: This autobiography discusses the South African professional cricketer’s decision to join the England squad and what eventually led to his being dropped from the team.
- Chase Your Shadow by John Carlin: Carlin’s book traces the rise and fall of South African Olympic and Gold Medal-winning Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. From Pistorius’ personal and athletic achievements to the murder charge that brought everything into question, Carlin dives into Pistorius’ life.
Granted, this is a very minimal list and there are no U.S. athletes represented. However, the stories told are so interesting and unique they make me reconsider my indifference towards organized sports.
If you’re really into sports or reading or both, you can also check out The Boston Globe’s list of the best sports books of 2014.