In honour of what’s roughly two solid weeks of sitting on my arse watching sport, I thought it would be appropriate to list my favourite novels about sport.
I don’t read lots of sports books but felt confident that I could find novels that were of slightly higher quality than this. So, some that I have read and some that are still in the TBR stack –
01. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – not only the greatest sports novel but one of the best books I’ve ever read.
02. Heft by Liz Moore – more baseball but a very different story.
03. Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton – okay, this is a memoir and I know that sports memoir/ biographies are a dime a dozen but this book… I loved it. It’s art.
04. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas – swimming, competing, the cost of winning – you’ll either love or hate this book but either way, it’s memorable.
05. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby – some would say that this is the greatest sports novel ever written and I do concede that it is very, very good.
06. Riders by Jilly Cooper – before E. L. James, there were authors who could really write raunchy (well). Oh, there’s also show-jumping in this book.
And in the to-be-read stack –
07. Gold by Chris Cleave – cycling, Olympics, female friendship.
08. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – a rowing story but file it under non-fiction.
09. The Three Year Swim Club by Julie Checkoway – how to become an Olympic swimmer when you have no pool.
10. Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger – a football story with feels.
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