Documenting the dark heart of sport

Jonathan O'Brien selects the sports books that went the distance in 2011.

4th December, 2011
Documenting the dark heart of sport
Robert Enke: committed suicide at the age of 32. Photo:

For all the sociocultural importance that is routinely and reflexively ascribed to it, sport, when boiled down to its base elements, is essentially nothing more than entertainment. Many of the best sporting books of the year, however, had much weightier, darker themes at their cores.

The appalling demise of Wales national team manager Gary Speed last weekend gave rise to much soul-searching about the pressures faced by modern-day professional athletes. Barely 24 hours after Speed...

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