Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: Pitch Publishing
The incomparable range of sports books produced by Pitch Publishing over the past few years has ensured theyÕve secured a place as one of the UKÕs leading publishers of sporting material.

From the unashamedly nostalgic Got, Not Got and the thought-provoking If Only: An Alternative History of the Beautiful Game, to Andrew MurtaghÕs superbly-written Gentleman and a Player, Pitch Publishing are always likely to come up with something different. Take a look at their current range: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk




Read Review
<back to archive

Crazy: My Road to Redemption By Chris Lewis

Release date: 01st September, 2017
Publisher: The History Press

List Price: £18.99
Our Price: £16.00
You Save: £2.99 (15%)
Buy Now

Former England cricketer Chris Lewis, a man who featured in 32 Test matches and 53 one-day internationals, holds nothing back in the dramatic opening to his autobiography, Crazy.

The reader senses his acute fear as his plane from St Lucia lands at Gatwick airport. Outwardly calm, Lewis feels and sees accusing eyes everywhere, a sensation that makes his stomach turn. Believing he has succeeded in importing liquid cocaine worth £140,000 into Britain, Lewis is stopped by a customs officer; within minutes, the three cans of seemingly innocuous fruit drink in his luggage is discovered to contain the illegal drug. Almost immediately, Lewis knows he’s done for.

The book’s strong opening is completely captivating, not least because at no point does Lewis blame anyone else for his life’s dramatic downturn. He was the man in the wrong; it was his actions which resulted in a 13-year prison sentence of which he served half. He knows he let his family and friends down.

It’s incredible to think that sixteen years after opening the bowling in a World Cup final front of 100,000 people, a former high profile professional sportsman could be arrested and sentenced to gaol. Lewis does not shirk answering this conundrum: refreshingly, he admits he’s no ‘victim’; the only person to blame for his spectacular downfall is Chris Lewis.

Lewis grew up in Guyana and was 10 when he moved to England. He made his debut for Leicestershire nine years after arriving and within three years was playing for England. Over the following six years, he took 93 Test wickets, although his international batting average of 23 perhaps reflects the temperament of a batsman who could blow hot and cold, often during the same innings.

A few years after his Test career ended, Lewis was approached by a character involved in match fixing. He reported the approach to the ECB and the police, but despite this, Lewis feels he was cold-shouldered, many accusing him of fabricating the story for financial gain. He insists he didn’t.

Crazy is a world away from what might be called the ‘standard’ sporting biography, a fascinating mixture of heady success, a remarkable fall from grace and, hopefully for Chris Lewis, redemption.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

Re: Cyclists 200 Years On Wheels By Michael Hutchinson
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
Leap In By Alexandra Heminsley
Windmill Books
Read Review Buy Now
Berlin 1936 By Oliver Hilmes
Bodley Head
Read Review Buy Now
Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket By Stephen Fay and David Kynaston
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
401: The Extraordinary Story of the Man Who Ran 401 Marathons in 401 Days and Changed His Life Forever By Ben Smith
Bloomsbury Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
One Goal A Coach, A Team and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together By Amy Bass
Hachette Books
Read Review Buy Now
Stuck In A Moment The Ballad of Paul Vaessen By Stewart Taylor
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Maradona Once Upon A Time In Naples (2018 Edition) By John Ludden
CreateSpace
Read Review Buy Now
Chasing Points A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit By Gregory Howe
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Iron Ambition Lessons I’ve Learned from the Man Who made Me a Champion By Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman
Sphere
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.