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Book Review: Fearless: The amazing underdog story of Leicester City

Thursday 22nd September 2016
In the newly released book: Fearless: the amazing underdog story of Leicester City, the greatest miracle in sports history; Jonathan Northcroft recounts Leicester City's incredible journey, which culminated in the Foxes being crowned Premier League champions.

Title : Fearless: The amazing underdog story of Leicester City, the greatest miracle in sports history

Author : Jonathan Northcroft

Publisher : Headline Publishing Group

Publication date : 22/09/2016

Price : £15.99, available from all good bookshops and online at Amazon.
The front cover of Fearless invites readers into the unique world of Leicester City football club: depicted in large bold letters in the colours of the club is the title of the book: Fearless, which magnificently captures Leicester's attitude last season; the picture on the front cover shows three of the club's biggest stars taking centre stage and celebrating. Finally, there is the intriguing subtitle: the greatest miracle in sports history. After one look at the cover of this book, it's impossible not to pick up and read.

Fearless will of course appeal to supporters of Leicester, as it tells the story of the clubs biggest ever achievement, and one that is unlikely to ever be equalled. It will also appeal to football fans in general, as it tells the story of the ultimate underdog's triumph against all odds. But even people who aren't interested in the sport should read this book: Leicester's achievements last season go far beyond football, it transcends into everyday life, and reading Fearless will make one thing perfectly clear: absolutely anything is possible in life.

Jonathan Northcroft is an established football writer: he is football correspondent at The Sunday Times and he regularly appears on Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement, where he gives insightful opinions on the latest football stories. Recognition for his writing has also come his way: he was the winner of the Jim Rodger Memorial Award for young sports writers in Scotland, and in 2016, he was shortlisted for the football writer of the year. The re-telling of Leicester's phenomenal story required a talented writer to do it justice, and Jonathan Northcroft has delivered on all accounts.

Fearless is perfectly structured: split into 17 chapters, with each one adding a detailed layer to Leicester's remarkable journey, while alternating between the club's Premier league games, the player's perspective on their success, and fascinating insights from other sources. We are taken behind the scenes, inside Leicester's training ground at Belvoir Drive, and from there, the reader receives a unique experience into the minds of the Leicester players, the coaching staff's inspirational methods, and the club's togetherness on and off the pitch.

There is a chapter paying tribute to many of the people who made Leicester's dream come true: Claudio Ranieri, Wes Morgan, Mark Albrighton, the owner Khun Vichai, Jamie Vardy, Robert Huth, Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante and club legend Andy King. The reader delves into the lives of the key members of Leicester City; Fearless offers exclusive access inside the club and helps to answer the big question: what makes Leicester City football club so special.
Leicester rocked the footballing world by winning the Premier League trophy in May. The Foxes were 5000/1 to win the title before the season kicked off: so how did Claudio Ranieri's side manage to do the unthinkable? Fearless explores in great detail how Leicester achieved their unprecedented feat, focusing on different aspects, including the club's training routine, the tactical approach in games, the personalities of the players and manager, the eccentric owners from Thailand, and most importantly, the sense of everyone at the club having a role to play.

In Fearless, reading about the key moments in Leicester's campaign evokes genuine anticipation; the feelings of excitement and tension in the build-up to big games are scintillating to read, which results in the reader gaining a real sense of what the atmosphere was like during important moments in Leicester's season. Fearless doesn't just tell a story, it transports the reader to the very centre of that story, and by doing so, it's created a thrilling book to read.

I highly recommend buying Fearless; not only is it entertaining, it's also well written and it provides a detailed account of the biggest miracle ever to occur in football. Fearless perfectly captures the mood at Leicester during their most successful ever period; it's also thought-provoking and it provides answers to many questions surrounding the club's success. Taking everything into consideration: football books don't come any better than this.


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Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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