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Blog - On the Brink

eBook Special Offer


It is approaching that time of year where all you can think about is what you buy your nearest and dearest, and that Christmas shopping panic sets in once more. However, here at deCoubertin we believe that there is still room to treat yourself during this period, and that's why we've decided to lend a helping hand. As of today - Thursday 9 November - you will be able to download the following eBooks for just £4.99 each: 

- Russian Winters: The Story of Andrei Kanchelskis, with Tim Rich. 

- On the Brink: A Journey Through English Football's North West, by Simon Hughes. 

- Rafa's Way: The Resurrection of Newcastle United, by Martin Hardy. 

- From Delhi to the Den: The Story of Stephen Constantine, Football's Most Travelled Manager, by Stephen Constantine and Owen Amos. 

- The Prince of Centre-Halves: The Life of Tommy T.G. Jones, by Rob Sawyer. 

- The Duellists: Pep, Jose and the Birth of Football's Greatest Rivalry, by Paolo Condo. 

This allows you to read some of the finest literature on football available at the moment, without having to break the bank. The best of both worlds. 

However, you must be quick, as this offer ends in three weeks' time, Thursday 30 December. 



The Headlines

The DuellistsDaniel Taylor of The Guardian writes on the current rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in Manchester, and references a tale from The Duellists to illustrate how once upon a time they were allies. Green ShootsMichael Walker on Martin and Michael O'Neill ahead of the World Cup play-offs this week in The Guardian, and how their thoughtful approaches [...]

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The Headlines

On the BrinkThe Guardian ran an extract of On the Brink, with Mayor Joe Anderson explaining the council's role in Everton's new stadium. The Liverpool Echo ran quotes from Simon's interview with Jurgen Klopp, including a German perspective on Brexit. Extract from the excellent 'On the Brink' by @Simon_Hughes__ as Klopp talks Brexit and life in Liverpool #LFC https://t.co/byay8oXTZM— [...]

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The Headlines

On the BrinkAuthor Simon Hughes appeared on the US Podacast USAnfield. The Independent looked into the story from On the Brink about how American financers trued to broker a Liverpool takeover for Chinese clients.Simon also appeared on local radio, both on Radio City and BBC Mersyside.The Liverpool Echo spoke to Simon about the reasons for Barcelona's pursuit of Coutinho on their Anfield Extra podcast. 'On [...]

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deCoubertin Books to publish On the Brink

‘A vivid and wise portrayal of football. For all the money washing around the sport, it is an incredibly fragile one, and this book reflects that, by travelling from the top table to the coal face. North West England provides a superb microcosm. This is reportage at its very best.' - Ian Herbert, Daily MailAs the days became shorter [...]

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On the Brink photography exhibition

As the days became shorter and the nights darker, Simon Hughes began a journey through the north west, the country’s most successful football region.During the winter of the 2016/17 English season Hughes met the individuals shaping the game, those able to explain how and why moods are changing from the top of the professional ladder [...]

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