By Paula Lavigne, Mark Schlabach
Anne was one of five women who reported to police that they were either raped or assaulted -- in incidents from October 2009 to April 2012 -- by a single university football player, who was convicted on two counts of sexual assault in January 2014. Indeed, it was only the beginning of what would become the worst scandal in recent college sports history.This university's sexual assault crisis does not stand alone in what is becoming one of the biggest crises in American culture-rape and violence against women on college campuses. But not until now has a sexual assault scandal stripped a celebrated head coach and university president of their jobs. Through previously unpublished interviews with victims, assailants, attorneys, university officials, players, coaches, and nationally recognized experts on sexual assault and campus safety, CROSS TO BEAR is an eye-opening, blow-by-blow account of the genesis and fallout of the football scandal, and tells a story that will leave readers pondering what they really know about the culture of college football and what transpires after dark at college campuses across the country.
By John Crace
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . . then you're probably not a football fan.Years of underachievement. An heroic sense of injustice. A seemingly infinite capacity for self-destruction. John Crace and Spurs were made for each other. But then the team started to play like possible champions. For most fans, these are the glory moments they dream about. For Crace they just opened a new dimension of anxiety: the fear of success.Crace has supported Spurs for 40 years. His wife thinks he suffers from a psychiatric disorder, but fandom is not only one of the ways he negotiates his relationships, it also helps him make some sense of his life.Vertigo is the story of why fandom that starts out in boyish hope always ends in dark comedy.
By Tim Heald
Cricket books should meet one or more of these necessary requirements, being either literate and amusing to read, or meticulously researched, or original in concept. Tim Heald's THE CHARACTER OF CRICKET triumphantly meets all three,' said Benny Green in 1986. Nearly twenty years later, at an annual cricket dinner, Tim Heald found himself wondering about the essential characteristics of an institution that has been a defining feature of English life for the best part of two hundred years: village cricket. What exactly was it? How had it got there? Do our prejudices match the reality. To investigate the past and present of village cricket, he set off on a tour that took him from Cornwall to Lancashire, from the cradle of cricket in Kent and Sussex to Lord's itself. Tim tells the story of a match in each village he visits as a backdrop to a mix of history and anecdote about 'the grass roots'. He even returns from retirement to venture on to the field of play. The eleven that he captains against a team from his local club includes the formidable talent of two of his sons, a very modern major-general and the Bishop of Truro. Yet somehow he still ends up with dramatic bruising to his calves, chest and ego.