Richard Bath is a freelancer writer, contributing to several magazines, including Rugby World, Inside Edge, Golf magazine and Inside Sport. A former Scottish Sports Journalist of the Year – and until recently the sports editor of Scotland on Sunday, he has also published two books: the highly-acclaimed Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Rugby and the guide to the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which sold 67,000 copies. An all-round sports nut who has worked for national newspapers and magazines for the past 15 years, he likes sports which give combatants the chance to (literally) die for the cause. He lives in Ayrshire with his wife and three kids.
Books by Richard Bath
Behind Enemy Lines – Sir Tommy Macpherson with Richard Bath
With three MCs, three Croix de Guerre, a Legion d’Honneur and a papal knighthood for his heroics during the Second World War, Sir Tommy Macpherson is the most decorated soldier in the history of the British Army. For 65 years, the Highlander’s story has remained untold. Few know how, aged 21, he persuaded 23,000 SS soldiers of the feared SS Das Reich tank column to surrender, or how Tommy almost single-handedly stopped Tito’s Yugoslavia annexing the whole of northeast Italy. Still a schoolboy when war broke out, Tommy quickly matured into a legendary commando. Twice captured, he escaped both times, marching through hundreds of miles of German-held territory to get home. With a dizzyingly diverse roll call of characters, including Winston Churchill, General Tito, Charles de Gaulle and Clement Freud, Behind Enemy Lines is an astonishing story of how an ordinary boy came to achieve truly extraordinary feats when war came calling.
World Rights: Mainstream
Notorious: The Maddest and Baddest Sportsmen on the Planet
The book of sporting lunacy … including:
Prinya Charoenpal, one of the most talented kick-boxers in the sport’s history, who wore make-up and pink nail polish, broke down when asked to strip for the weigh-in, pummelled the opponent who made the mistake of mocking her with a camp embrace, and who fought solely to get the money for a sex-change operation.
Jack ‘Hacksaw’ Reynolds, the San Francisco 49-ers linebacker during the ‘80s, who once got plastered after losing a college game, went out to the car park with a hacksaw, and cut someone’s car in half.
The Brazilian football star Edmundo, infamous on the pitch for beating up fans, referees and journalists, and making his name off it by crashing his truck and killing three people, and being arrested for force-feeding beer to a chimpanzee at his son’s birthday party. Closer to home, the likes of Roy Keane, Alex Higgins, Vinnie Jones and Paul Gascoigne are all featured in this wildly captivating, and often shocking, collection of crazed sports celebrities.
World Rights: HarperCollins
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