The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee shares William Hill Sports Book of the Year
The biography of Eamonn ‘The Terminator’ Magee and a debut by cross-Channel swimming champ Tom Gregory have both been awarded the William Hill Sports Book of the Year – the first ever dead heat in the award’s 30-year history.
Journalist Paul D. Gibson’s The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee – a “rivetingly raw” collaboration with the Irish boxer known as ‘The Terminator’ – is the fifth boxing title to scoop the prize. Tom Gregory’s “truly one-of-a-kind” debut A Boy in the Water becomes the first swimming title to win the award.
Paul D. Gibson’s The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee explores the extraordinary highs and lows of one of Ireland’s most gifted fighters, whose vices fuelled his career while also jeopardising it. A Boy in the Water is the debut book from 42-year-old Tom Gregory, who on 6 September 1988, aged 11, became officially the youngest person to swim the English Channel, mentored and encouraged by an extraordinary, maverick local coach.
About The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee:
Eamonn Magee is widely regarded as one of the most gifted fighters to ever emerge from Ireland. Yet, despite becoming a world champion in 2003, such was his genius it will always be considered a career unfulfilled. Women, drink, drugs, gambling, depression and brushes with the law all took Eamonn away from his craft. Then there was the violence: a throat slashed, an IRA bullet in the calf, a savage, leg-shattering beating. Wherever Eamonn went, trouble was never too far behind. Upon his retirement, Eamonn turned his attention to training and oversaw the rise of his son s boxing career. However, the prospect of a Magee dynasty was cruelly halted in 2015 when Eamonn Jnr was brutally stabbed to death in West Belfast in a premeditated attack. The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee is a uniquely intimate telling of a barely believable life story. It is a compelling story filled with heartache and laughter, violence and love, unthinkable lows and fleeting, glorious highs. Eamonn s is a story for which the term brutally honest might have been coined.
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About A Boy in the Water:
The poignant, life-affirming story of a determined boy, a visionary coach, and how the dream of a record-breaking Channel swim became reality.
Eltham, South London. 1984: the hot fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to swim but not yet wanting to take his foot off the bottom. Fast-forward four years. Photographers and family wait on the shingle beach as a boy in a bright orange hat and grease-smeared goggles swims the last few metres from France to England. He has been in the water for twelve agonizing hours, encouraged at each stroke by his coach, John Bullet, who has become a second father.
This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a coach and a boy, and a love letter to the intensity and freedom of childhood.
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