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deCoubertin to Publish Insider's Account of Newcastle's Premier League Return

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On the occasion of Newcastle United's return to the Premier League, deCoubertin Books are delighted to announce publication of bestselling author Martin Hardy's insider account of the club's rebirth under Rafa Benitez, Rafa's Way.

Following on from the award nominated Touching Distance and the acclaimed Tunnel of Love, Rafa’s Way tells the story of Newcastle's remarkable Championship campaign, the turnaround in the fortunes of Newcastle United and the dramatic promotion. It charts Benitez’s overhaul of everything within a troubled club, his impact on its city, and how he immersed himself in a community that persuaded him to stay, and could not bear to see him leave.

Rafa’s Way talks in-depth to Benitez, about his beliefs and the challenge he faced, to the players, the key men in black and white stripes who made Newcastle United champions, and delves into the very heart of a football club as it emerged from the ashes.

Rafa's Way will be published on 5 June, priced £19.99

The Headlines

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The Headlines

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The publishing process: An interview with deCoubertin founder James Corbett

James Corbett is a sports correspondent and award-winning author who writes about football for publications including The Blizzard, FourFourTwo, World Soccer and contributes to the BBC World Service’s World Football programme. He worked with Neville Southall and Howard Kendall on their autobiographies and his Everton Encyclopedia was published to acclaim in autumn 2012.In 2009 James [...]

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