Far Afield by S. L. Price
A Sportswriting Odyssey

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A Year in Provence . . . in sweats

Some people would consider writing for Sports Illustrated a dream job. Others fantasize about living idyllically in the South of France. S. L. Price got to do both. Assigned by Sports Illustrated to cover sports in Europe, Price relocated his family to a small hamlet in Provence, and then set out to uncover the soul of world athletic competition.

In an attempt to comprehend the planet's most intense and bloody sports, he immersed himself in the cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan. He spent time with Lance Armstrong as the cyclist fended off rumors of performance-enhancing drugs. He argued politics with Olympic athletes in Athens, covered Austria's beer-drenched version of the Super Bowl, and caught basketball fever in Belgrade—as he, his wife, and children tried to adjust to life in a Europe convulsed by terrorism, anti-Americanism, and George Bush's war in Iraq.

Far Afield is an extraordinary memoir of growth, family, and games people play worldwide.

 

About S. L. Price

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S. L. Price has been a senior writer at Sports Illustrated before that time, he was a columnist and feature writer for the Miami Herald. He has won many Journalism prizes from Associate Press Sports Editors and other organizations. His work has appeared in The New York Times and has been anthologized twice in Best American Sports Writing and in S.I's own collection, 50 Years of Great Writing. Price was an integral part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Andrew.
 
Published September 1, 2007 by Lyons Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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An American reports on athletics from his new home in the Old World.

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