The Grudge: Two Nations, One Match, No Holds Barred (Paperback)
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The Grudge: Two Nations, One Match, No Holds Barred (Paperback)

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Published: 03/02/2011
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Shortlised for the 2022 SBA Best Sports Book of the 21st Century prize

The gripping inside story of when an England-Scotland rugby match become more than a game

Murrayfield, the Calcutta Cup, March 1990. England vs. Scotland - winner-takes-all for the Five Nations Grand Slam, the biggest prize in northern hemisphere rugby.

Will Carling's England are the very embodiment of Margaret Thatcher's Britain - snarling, brutish and all-conquering. Scotland are the underdogs - second-class citizens from a land that's become the testing ground for the most unpopular tax in living memory: Thatcher's Poll Tax. In Edinburgh, nationalism is rising high - what happens in the stadium will resound far beyond the pitch.

Told with unprecedented access to key players, coaches and supporters on both sides (Will Carling, Ian McGeechan, Brian Moore and the rest), Tom English has produced a gripping account of a titanic struggle that thrusts the reader right into the heart of the action. Game on.

'A priceless read' Guardian
'Absolutely outstanding' The Times
'An epic tale' Daily Telegraph
'Gripping' Scottish Review of Books

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224083218
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

I enjoyed this book enormously. The match is one of my enduring rugby memories, and reading The Grudge it all came flooding back - John Inverdale

The finest book written on the tournament ... English has produced an absolutely outstanding work, weaving in the strands of history, politics, sociology, dislike and tactical nous, which makes the game probably the most remarkable ever played in the grand old tournament. The insights provided into the minds and roles of Jim Telfer and Brian Moore are worth the price alone - Stephen Jones, The Times

Superb ... a fantastic drama. The Grand Slam match was part of a political world ... This is what gave the occasion its power, its glory and its ultimate significance - The Herald

Gripping ... Tom English has interviewed all the main protagonists to produce a richly textured picture of the build-up, the day itself and the aftermath - Independent

5 stars. An epic tale of clashing personalities. The Grudge puts you right on the touchline as the English and Scottish teams go to war. - Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph

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“Good and funny”

A very good and funny book. To be read if you like rugby, and especcially what goes on behind the scenes in test match.

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