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# extract - Saturday 30 December, 2017

From The42 'He studied to become a Jesuit priest. Now he was one of the most famed people in racing' Changes

'He studied to become a Jesuit priest. Now he was one of the most famed people in racing'

In this extract from ‘Centaur,’ Declan Murphy recalls the first time he came across the legendary Barney Curley.

# extract - Thursday 28 December, 2017

From The42 'My boots were endorsed by the moustachioed Liverpool and Ireland winger... This sales pitch worked' Nostalgia

'My boots were endorsed by the moustachioed Liverpool and Ireland winger... This sales pitch worked'

In an extract from his book ‘Boy Wonder,’ Dave Hannigan recalls getting his first pair of football boots aged seven.

# extract - Wednesday 27 December, 2017

From The42 'The band was so unprepared for an Irish victor that they played God Save the Queen' The Ascent

'The band was so unprepared for an Irish victor that they played God Save the Queen'

Check out this extract from Barry Ryan’s book on the rise of Irish cycling’s golden generation.

# extract - Tuesday 26 December, 2017

From The42 'Some of the Irish team were spat on as they made their way to the team bus' HATRED

'Some of the Irish team were spat on as they made their way to the team bus'

In an extract from his book, Eoin Hand recalls the difficult end to his reign as Ireland manager.

'I was asked dozens of times in the aftermath what was it like to lose £2 million on a rugby match'

Remembering Harry Findlay’s ill-advised bet on a New Zealand-France match.

# extract - Sunday 24 December, 2017

From The42 'I thought we would win it in my time... From there on you would have expected to go forward' Looking Back

'I thought we would win it in my time... From there on you would have expected to go forward'

In extract from a new book on Liverpool FC, Roy Evans recalls his talented but flawed Reds side.

From The42 'Bad guys are supposed to lose. I change that. I win' Turning The Tables

'Bad guys are supposed to lose. I change that. I win'

This extract from Ali: A Life focuses on the legendary boxer’s early days and his bout with Sonny Liston.

# extract - Saturday 23 December, 2017

From The42 'We always said of Gary - he woke up angry' Passion

'We always said of Gary - he woke up angry'

In this extract from ‘On the Brink,’ Gary Neville talks about the progress made by himself and fellow ‘Class of 92′ members since their takeover of Salford City.

From The42 'I was asked dozens of times in the aftermath what was it like to lose £2 million on a rugby match' Blow

'I was asked dozens of times in the aftermath what was it like to lose £2 million on a rugby match'

Harry Findlay remembers his ill-advised bet on a New Zealand-France match.

From The42 "I said: 'I'm having lunch with Sir Alex'... I felt like a teenage footballer all over again" EXTRACT

"I said: 'I'm having lunch with Sir Alex'... I felt like a teenage footballer all over again"

Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the legendary former Manchester United boss.

# extract - Friday 22 December, 2017

From The42 The story of how a young Irish international became a star player in Sweden Rise

The story of how a young Irish international became a star player in Sweden

In an extract from Michael Walker’s book ‘Green Shoots,’ Ireland and Arsenal star Louise Quinn remembers her stint in Sweden.

# extract - Wednesday 20 December, 2017

From The42 'There were tears in his eyes... That was unusual for him' Looking Back

'There were tears in his eyes... That was unusual for him'

In an extract from ‘Quiet Genius,’ Bob Paisley’s final days as Liverpool manager are remembered.

# extract - Sunday 17 December, 2017

Jackeen: 'A fellow who does very little for a living, and wants to do less'

The term ‘Jackeen’ is levelled against Dubliners, primarily in a sporting context and very much in jest. Read about it and more in Come Here To Me! Volume 2, a book celebrating an unexplored Dublin.

# extract - Sunday 26 November, 2017

'An old man had been taken into Garda custody for knocking on a door. ALONE went to his rescue'

A new book chronicles the first 40 years of the charity ALONE. This is a flavour of the minutes of its meetings from 1984 to 1997.

# extract - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

Maria Edgeworth's letters: 'Sir Walter Scott punctual to his word arrived on Friday'

The Castle Rackrent author, who counted Jane Austen and Byron among her admirers, was also a prodigious correspondent.

# extract - Sunday 12 November, 2017

David McCullagh: Was de Valera's mother telling the truth about his parentage?

In the first part of a major two-volume reassessment, historian and broadcaster David McCullagh considers the man behind the mask.

# extract - Sunday 5 November, 2017

Mary Kenny: 'I used to hear men say that "only tarts kiss and tell"'

Am I A Feminist? Are You? is a new book by journalist Mary Kenny.

# extract - Sunday 29 October, 2017

Michael Murphy: What does it really mean when we dream about the Leaving Cert?

By paying attention to our dreams, we can ground ourselves in the deepest truth of our being, and make wiser choices that work towards our greater good, writes Michael Murphy.

90 minutes missing: A parent's worst nightmare (with a happy ending)

Those moments of drama in a family’s life that can change your perspective forever.

# extract - Sunday 22 October, 2017

'Welfare is not just for those out of work. Here's what you can claim'

Charlie Weston and Karl Deeter’s new book, This Book Is Worth €25,000, is full of tips on how to save money and stop getting ripped off. In this extract they talk about the welfare payments that families are entitled to.

# extract - Sunday 8 October, 2017

Stefanie Preissner: 'Each uploaded photo fooled my 800 closest friends that I was happy'

In her first book, Stefanie Preissner looks at growing up and the ways in which her life has changed.

# extract - Sunday 24 September, 2017

A short story before bedtime: Levitation

Taken from Levitation, the latest collection by Irish writer Sean O’Reilly.

# extract - Saturday 23 September, 2017

From The42 ‘We can only use this on grass' - the days when we treasured a proper leather ball Get Out Your Tango

‘We can only use this on grass' - the days when we treasured a proper leather ball

In an extract from his new book Wonder Boy, Dave Hannigan recalls the joy of a new leathera.

# extract - Sunday 10 September, 2017

Dónal McAnallen: 'Our responsibility as a family was about more than just keeping Cormac's memory alive'

In an extract from his book, Cormac’s brother Dónal McAnallen writes about coming to terms with the death of his 24-year-old brother.

# extract - Saturday 1 July, 2017

Carlo Rovelli: 'Time does not exist'

In his latest book, Reality Is Not What It Seems, bestselling author Carlo Rovelli shows how our understanding of reality has changed throughout the centuries.

# extract - Sunday 30 April, 2017

'Declan Murphy dies in horror fall': The jockey writes about that fall, reading his own obituary and his long recovery

More than twenty years after his accident Murphy, who spent four days in a medically induced coma, decided to tell his story.

# extract - Tuesday 3 January, 2017

'Roman’s eyes widened in disbelief' - Inside the World of a Super Agent

Check out this extract from the recently released book ‘The Deal’.

Arthur Corrie Lewin - the Irishman who went missing while flying over Africa

His story is told in this extract from the book The Glorious Madness, written by historian Turtle Bunbury.

# extract - Monday 2 January, 2017

'We thought Pep was like a machine, completely cold-hearted. Who knew he was so emotional?'

Martí Perarnau gives a stark insight into the world of the Manchester City manager in his latest book.

From The42 The story of the origins of Argentine football and Irish people's place in it EXTRACT

The story of the origins of Argentine football and Irish people's place in it

An extra from Jonathan Wilson’s book Angels with Dirty Faces looks at how the game was brought to South America.

# extract - Sunday 1 January, 2017

From The42 ''I'm running a marathon tomorrow,' I said to him as I dusted off my nose' Problems This post contains videos

''I'm running a marathon tomorrow,' I said to him as I dusted off my nose'

In an extract from his book Running Man, ultramarathon runner Charlie Engle looks back on his excess-fuelled younger days.

# extract - Saturday 31 December, 2016

From The42 'He was my dad... But he was also a brilliant footballer' Looking Back This post contains videos

'He was my dad... But he was also a brilliant footballer'

Mick Channon Jr recalls his father’s playing days in this extract from his recently released book.

From The42 Shakespeare, Zeus and Olympia - the origins of the Olympic Games History

Shakespeare, Zeus and Olympia - the origins of the Olympic Games

David Goldblatt’s acclaimed book takes a comprehensive look at the background of the modern spectacle we know now.

# extract - Friday 30 December, 2016

'At the time I came into this world women were banned by the FA from playing football'

Hope Powell writes about the slow progress of women’s football in her recently released book.

From The42 The story of how one of the greatest Olympians of all time risked losing it all EXTRACT

The story of how one of the greatest Olympians of all time risked losing it all

In an extract from his recent biography, Richard Askwith argues that Emil Zatopek merits comparison to Muhammad Ali.

Soldiers, sailors, diplomats: The forgotten Irish who changed Latin America

In this extract from his book Paisanos, Tim Fanning tells the story of army officer Alexander O’Reilly.

From The42 'I looked around... More monkey noises; a few grown men making Nazi salutes' Looking Back This post contains videos

'I looked around... More monkey noises; a few grown men making Nazi salutes'

Former Liverpool player Howard Gayle recalls the intimidating atmosphere of the 1981 European Cup semi-final in Munich.

# extract - Thursday 29 December, 2016

From The42 ‘Most people you can say, “What a great bloke,” or “What a b*****d”. With Roebuck, it’s neither' Enigmatic

‘Most people you can say, “What a great bloke,” or “What a b*****d”. With Roebuck, it’s neither'

Read an extract from the highly acclaimed book on the late English cricketer and journalist Peter Roebuck.

'The TV spoiler has as much potential to ruin an evening as food poisoning'

Comedian Colm O’Regan on people’s aversion to spoilers – and whether they’re a symptom of notions.

# extract - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

From The42 'At the time I came into this world women were banned by the FA from playing football' Issue

'At the time I came into this world women were banned by the FA from playing football'

Hope Powell writes about the slow progress of women’s football in her recently released book.