Awards, Reviews & Press Coverage



One of The Observer’s Sports Books Of The Year 2009. 

See Guardian Sports Books Of The Year 2009


“It is no exaggeration to say that he has produced one of the best accounts of a British fighter ever written.  Highly recommended.”

John Exshaw, Boxing Monthly, January 2010.

Click here to read full review.

“Epic… this book will definitely sell out”

Steve Bunce

BBC Radio London Boxing Hour, 15 October 2009.

“An absolute must for boxing fans…. The author has trawled Laing’s past diligently to bring alive one of British boxing’s great stories”

Giles Richards, The Observer, 29 November 2009. 

See Guardian Sports Books Of The Year 2009

“An excellent new biography”

Niall Hickman

Daily Express, 5 November 2009.

“I’d like to tell you about another wonderful collection of stories… This collection of reminiscences provides a wide-ranging picture of Laing the fighter and man…  People need to know the truth, and this is as near as anyone is likely to get to it.”

Kevin Mitchell, The Guardian, 23 and 27 November 2009. 

See first Guardian article (second half) and second Guardian article (end)

“Stylishly self-published… thoroughly researched… Jarratt has put a tremendous effort into producing a faithful record of Laing’s career… …the book is clearly a labour of love and an interesting and deeply informative look at probably the most talented but underachieving individualist ever to grace the British fight game”

Graham Houston (Boxing Monthly editor and former Boxing News editor), 10 November 2009 – see Fighterwriter review

“The perfect present for a boxing-mad relative… highly detailed and very well researched.  Jarratt leaves no stone unturned… the result is a boxing fan’s dream”

Clive Bernath,, 30 October 2009. 

See Secondsout review

“A meticulous account…  The facts, details, quotes and overall story paint a detailed picture of a boxer I remember well from performances at the Midlands Sporting Club and the Arden Sporting Club when he first won the British title.  I thoroughly enjoyed those nights – and the memories the book brought back.”

Ian Johnson

Birmingham Sports Argus, 10 October 2009