Rafa's Way

The Resurrection of Newcastle United

Author: Martin Hardy

Publisher: Decoubertin Books

ISBN: 9781909245662


Page: 250

View: 4627


The noise grew. Everywhere you looked Newcastle fans were on their feet, United, at last, in song. St James' Park was rocking, a noise that carried down from the cathedral at the top of the hill, down through the city. It felt like a celebration. It wasn't. Newcastle -- facing Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the 2015/16 Premier League season -- had already been relegated. The fervent atmosphere was instead a final call of support for the manager, Rafa Benitez. It was only his tenth game in charge -- not enough time for him to steer Newcastle clear of relegation -- yet the St James' crowd were imploring him to stay. The Spaniard had fallen into the hearts of the people of Tyneside. Spurs -- second in the league before kick-off -- were beaten 5-1. A club was stirring back to life. The job at hand though, was huge: galvanise and resurrect a club and its football obsessed city. He had to strip away years of neglect, breathe life into flawed structures, clear dressing rooms, rebuild belief, attempt to give the people of Newcastle their pride back. Rafa's Way tells the story of the remarkable Championship campaign that followed, 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.


Gold Fever, Space-Time Warps, Sierra Madre Magic

Author: Floyd Merrell

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1514435896

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

View: 4857


Four married couples from the southwest search for Spanish treasure in northern Mexico, guided by a peculiar map. They meet strange four-dimensional visitors from another world, Tarahumara people with a unique philosophy of life, local bandits roaming the area, narcos ready to kill any and all outsiders, and suspicious police and military personnel. Yet, they become enchanted by the vast Sierra Madre range, they find treasure that exceeds their wildest dreams, and unfortunately they begin squabbling over the take, until the alien visitors sequester most of it. Back home, they make amends, but soon realize their adventure, bizarre to the extreme, will continue haunting them to the end.

Elizabeth the First Wife

Author: Lian Dolan

Publisher: Prospect Park Books

ISBN: 193884906X

Category: Fiction

Page: 282

View: 9560


The Los Angeles Times–bestselling author of Helen of Pasadena offers a “charmingly funny and effortless read” about new love, new life, and Shakespeare (Library Journal, starred review). English professor Elizabeth Lancaster is living her perfectly orchestrated, perfectly dull life when action star FX Fahey—her college boyfriend and one-time philandering husband—shows up with a job offer she can’t resist. In order to snag some positive buzz for his upcoming flick, the studio wants FX to gain some serious acting cred. That means taking a part in an avant-garde version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And it’s up to Elizabeth to make sure FX doesn’t humiliate himself. But the job gets complicated when Elizabeth meets a man who may actually be a good guy. Suddenly she’s learning to let go of the past and go after the life that she truly wants for herself . . . As she did so wonderfully with her first novel, Helen of Pasadena—which spent more than a year on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list—Lian Dolan spins a lively, smart, and very funny tale of a woman reinventing her life in unexpected ways.

Stealing the Network

How to Own a Shadow

Author: Johnny Long,Timothy Mullen,Ryan Russell

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080517759

Category: Computers

Page: 448

View: 9005


The best-selling Stealing the Network series reaches its climactic conclusion as law enforcement and organized crime form a high-tech web in an attempt to bring down the shadowy hacker-villain known as Knuth in the most technically sophisticated Stealing book yet. Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow is the final book in Syngress’ ground breaking, best-selling, Stealing the Network series. As with previous title, How to Own a Shadow is a fictional story that demonstrates accurate, highly detailed scenarios of computer intrusions and counter-strikes. In How to Own a Thief, Knuth, the master-mind, shadowy figure from previous books, is tracked across the world and the Web by cyber adversaries with skill to match his own. Readers will be amazed at how Knuth, Law Enforcement, and Organized crime twist and torque everything from game stations, printers and fax machines to service provider class switches and routers steal, deceive, and obfuscate. From physical security to open source information gathering, Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow will entertain and educate the reader on every page. The final book in the Stealing the Network series will be a must read for the 50,000 readers worldwide of the first three titles Law enforcement and security professionals will gain practical, technical knowledge for apprehending the most supplicated cyber-adversaries

Reading Junot Diaz

Author: Christopher Gonzalez

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822981246

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

View: 6422


Dominican American author and Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Díaz has gained international fame for his blended, cross-cultural fiction. Reading Junot Díaz is the first study to focus on his complete body of published works. It explores the totality of his work and provides a concise view of the interconnected and multilayered narrative that weaves throughout Díaz’s writings. Christopher González analyzes both the formal and thematic features and discusses the work in the context of speculative and global fiction as well as Caribbean and Latino/a culture and language. Topics such as race, masculinity, migration, and Afro-Latinidad are examined in depth. González provides a synthesis of the prevailing critical studies of Díaz and offers many new insights into his work.

From Guernica to Guardiola

How the Spanish Conquered English Football

Author: Adam Crafton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471157156

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 1065


As Pep Guardiola shatters records and confounds the norms of English football and players such as David De Gea and David Silva light up the national game, Spanish stars are transforming the way English football is conceived. But the origins of this particular Spanish invasion date back to 1937, when the Spanish Civil War led to a stream of refugees fleeing their country for the safe haven of England. Their families reveal how the refugees learned the game here, before returning to Spain where one would score Real Madrid’s first goal in the Bernabeu stadium and another would be the first man to conceive of Barcelona’s vaunted La Masia academy that would later launch stars such as Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez. In recent years the reputation of Spain’s footballers has grown, and every club craves a sprinkling of tiki-taka magic. Through dozens of exclusive interviews, Adam Crafton has spoken to many of the key Spanish figures who have come to England and he creates a compelling portrait of their impact on the English game. We discover how and why it is that some players, such as Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Juan Mata, have had great success here, while others have toiled so painfully. But this is not just a footballing story, pure and simple. Crafton provides the historical and social context that helps to explain how the relationship between the two nations is constantly changing, yet always close. For anyone who enjoyed Jonathan Wilson’s Inverting the Pyramid or Sid Lowe’s Fear and Loathing in La Liga, this book is a revealing and brilliant insight into this most benign of Spanish invasions.

Her Amazing Boss!: The Daredevil Tycoon (9 to 5, Book 51) / Lights, Camera...Kiss the Boss (9 to 5, Book 53) / At the Boss's Beck and Call (Mills & Boon By Request)

Author: Barbara McMahon,Nikki Logan,Anna Cleary

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 1472008162

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 3297


The Daredevil Tycoon What if...a conservative young woman is offered the challenge of a lifetime? What if...she’s paired with thrillseeking, sexy sportsman Rafael Sandoval in a weeklong hotairballoon race with a fiftythousanddollar prize? Lights, Camera...

The House by the Sea

A Novel

Author: Santa Montefiore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451624311

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 7189


Previously published as The Mermaid Garden, the internationally bestselling author of The French Gardener presents a complex and irresistibly compelling novel that confirms the remarkable power of love to heal and transform. Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the beauty of the magnificent Tuscan villa that overlooks the sea just outside her small village. She likes to spy from the crumbling wall into the gardens and imagine that one day she’ll escape her meager existence and live there surrounded by its otherworldly splendor. Then one day Dante, the son of the villa’s powerful industrialist owner, invites her inside and shows her the enchanting Mermaid Garden. From that moment, Floriana knows that the only destiny for her is there, in that garden, with Dante. But as they grow up and fall in love, their romance causes a crisis, jeopardizing the very thing they hold most dear. Decades later and hundreds of miles away, a beautiful old country house hotel on England’s Devon coast has fallen on hard times after the financial crash of 2008. Its owner, Marina, advertises for an artist to stay the summer and teach the guests how to paint. The man she hires is charismatic and wise and soon begins to pacify the discord in her family and transform the fortunes of the hotel. However, he has his own agenda. Is it to destroy, to seduce, or to heal? Whatever his intentions, he is certain to change Marina’s life forever. Spanning four decades and sweeping from the Italian countryside to the English coast, this new story by Santa Montefiore is a moving and mysterious tale of love, forgiveness, and the past revealed.

Rafa: My Story

Author: Rafael Nadal,John Carlin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748129456

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 8333


The Sunday Times bestselling autobiography from the greatest tennis player of his generation 'A winner' Independent 'A terrific sporting memoir, full of memorable anecdotes' New Statesman 'As exciting as Rafa himself' Woman's Own No tennis player since Andre Agassi has captivated the world like Rafael Nadal. He's a rarity in today's sporting arena - a true sportsman who chooses to let his raw talent, dedication and humility define him. With a remarkable 16 grand slam victories under his belt, and with friend and rival Roger Federer's record haul of 20 in his sights, Nadal is an extraordinary competitor whose ferocity on court is made even more remarkable by his grace off it. This book takes us to the heart of Nadal's childhood, his growth as a player, and his incredible career. It includes memorable highs and lows, from victory in the 2008 Wimbledon final - a match that John McEnroe called the 'greatest game of tennis ever played' - to the injury problems that have frequently threatened his dominance of the sport, to becoming the youngest player of the open era to complete a career Grand Slam in 2010. It transports us from Nadal's lifelong home on the island of Majorca to the locker room of Centre Court as he describes in detail the pressures of competing in the greatest tournament in the world. It offers a glimpse behind the racquet to learn what really makes this intensely private person - who has never before talked about his home life - tick. And it provides us with a story that is personal, revealing and every bit as exciting as Nadal himself.