The Game – Deep dive into the psyche that drives obsession for sport

Former hurler provides fascinating and sometimes cerebral insights of what makes sports mean so much to so many

Tackling passion for sport: Tadhg Coakley’s book is a collection of free-standing, loosely connected essays that will thrill sports fans

This is no ordinary sports book, but then Tadhg Coakley is no ordinary sportswriter. Ordinary sportswriters rarely throw in four pages of “further reading”, nor do they quote novelists such as W.G. Sebald, Jean-Paul Sartre or Sally Rooney, nor do they resort to big words like “liminal” or “riparian”.

Coakley, however, is certainly a literary man. He brings to his task – of discovering why sport means so much to so many – the creative ...