Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man by Jay Atkinson

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6 Critic Reviews

A testosterone-laden tale deserving of an audience well beyond the locker room.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

If all sports are really about war, then rugby is a heart-thumping epic of bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting. In Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man, bestselling author Jay Atkinson describes his thirty-five year odyssey in the sport-from his rough and rowdy days at the University of Florida, through the intrigue of various foreign tours, club championships, and all star selections, up to his current stint with the freewheeling Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles. Jay has played in more than 500 matches, for which he's suffered three broken ribs, a detached retina, a fractured cheekbone and orbital bone, four deadened teeth, and a dislocated ankle. Written in the style of Siegried Sassoon's Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Atkinson's book explains why it was all worth it--the sum total of his violent adventures, and the valuable insights he has gained from them.

 

About Jay Atkinson

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A former two-sport college athlete, Jay Atkinson is the author of seven books, including the bestsellers Legends of Winter Hill and Ice Time, as well as the classic rugby novel, Caveman Politics. He teaches writing at Boston University.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

A testosterone-laden tale deserving of an audience well beyond the locker room.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

Atkinson, wised up from lessons on the rugby field and off, has created a brawny, engaging treat for followers of the sport and the curious.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Allan Massie on May 11 2012

Mr. Atkinson has written a hymn of praise for the rugby game and the rugby community that will ring true to anyone who has played rugby at any level, and will grip even those who haven't.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Chuck Leddy on Apr 27 2012

Whether this makes him a hero or something else is another matter, but nobody has better explored the game (and the life) of rugby better than Atkinson.

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Creative Loafing Tampa

Excellent
Reviewed by William McKeen on Jul 03 2012

The writing is so vivid, you feel every bump in the road as you hunker down with your go-cup of beer on the way home from the game.

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Reviewed by Josh Cook on Jun 14 2012

Finally, since he is a writer there's a depth of experience and sincerity in the book that just cannot be created by ghost-written celebrity memoirs.

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