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He took kids from estates and helped them do amazing things," says Gregory. One publisher mentioned a book that had sold 20, before the award in late November put on another 30, before Christmas after its victory. Astonishing and utterly gripping, we felt this was a story which attracted and repelled in equal measure but which demanded to be heard, and could not be ignored. Then there was the violence: a throat slashed, an IRA bullet in the calf, a savage, leg-shattering beating, and the brutal murder of his son. Following a career in the army and investment banking, he now works as a Director for accountancy firm Deloitte. However, he pushed through all 32 miles, securing the world record and a coveted Blue Peter gold badge. Magee thought he had run out of luck years ago but, this time, he got lucky again. He lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He wore no wetsuit, instead donning a bright orange rubber cap and some Adidas trunks, and paused only to swig some Heinz tomato soup and munch the occasional chocolate biscuit thrown at him from the support boat.

An unforgettable book. Coming from a boxing-obsessed family, he worked his way up through the amateur ranks, turning professional in He wore no wetsuit, instead donning a bright orange rubber cap and some Adidas trunks, and paused only to swig some Heinz tomato soup and munch the occasional chocolate biscuit thrown at him from the support boat.

People smash each other up but in the end they always embrace. Yet, despite becoming a world champion indrink, drugs, gambling, depression and brushes with the law all took Eamonn away from his craft.

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Gibson is a former journalist whose work has appeared regularly in the Guardian, on the BBC and Boxing Monthly, amongst many others. Those who wanted to learn chess, bridge or squash were well catered for. Paul D. The swim was gruelling. In Paul Gibson he has found a writer who has the grit and the tenderness, the skill and the heart, to lay Magee's life bare on the page After the death of his coach John Bullet, Tom withdrew from the competitive swimming scene. This is also a book about Belfast and boxing, about the Ardoyne and a family, which deepens our understanding of a lost life.

Gibson Mercier Press Eamonn Magee is widely regarded as one of the most gifted fighters to ever emerge from Ireland. A Boy in the Water is the debut book from year-old Tom Gregory, who on 6 Septemberaged 11, became — and will forever remain — officially the youngest person to swim the English Channel, mentored and encouraged by an extraordinary, maverick local coach.

The swimming team were mini-bussed around Britain, camping out, singing 80s songs and training together every moment of their spare time.

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Incidentally this year the familiar judging tradition continued with the winner — which will be announced on Tuesday lunchtime — finally being decided just before 1am at a recent dinner. One publisher mentioned a book that had sold 20, before the award in late November put on another 30, before Christmas after its victory.

This is also a book about Belfast and boxing, about the Ardoyne and a family, which deepens our understanding of a lost life.

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