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The Reading List

Reading ListPosted by Emily Bullock Thu, April 23, 2015 09:49:58


Biskind, Peter, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (London: Bloomsbury, 1998)

Boddy, Kasia, Boxing: A Cultural History (London: Reaktion Books Ltd., 2008)

Burnett, W.R., Iron Man (New York: The Dial Press, 1930)

Butler, Frank, Boxing in Britain (London: Arthur Barker Limited, 1972)

Campbell, Joseph, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (California: New World Library, 2008)

Chandler, David, John Gill, Tania Guha, and Gilane Tawadros, eds, An Anthology of Writings on Boxing and Visual Culture (London: The Institute of International Visual Arts, 1996)

Courtenay, Bryce, The Power of One (London: Penguin, 2007)

Dundee, Angelo, and Bert Sugar, My View from the Corner: A Life in Boxing (USA: McGraw Hill Professional, 2008)

Egan, Pierce, Boxiana, or Sketches of Modern Pugilism (London: George Virtue, 1830) Google ebook

Ellison, Ralph, Invisible Man (London: Penguin Books, 1965)

Gardner, Leonard, Fat City (London: University of California Press, 1996)

Heinz, W.C., The Professional (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2001)

Holt, Richard, Sport and the British (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989)

Jones, Chris, Falling Hard: A Rookie’s Year in Boxing (London: Yellow Jersey Press, 2002)

Jones, Thom, The Pugilist at Rest (London: Faber and Faber, 1995)
Jung, C. G., The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (London: Routledge, 1991)

Kent, Graeme, Boxing’s Strangest Fights (London: Chrysalis Group plc., 2000)

Kohan, Martin, Seconds Out (London: Serpent’s Tail, 2010)

Mailer, Norman, The Fight (London: Penguin Books, 1991)

Melzack, Ronald, Patrick Wall, The Challenge of Pain (London: Penguin Books, 1996)

Moncure March, Joseph, The Set-Up (1928), <> [accessed 10 July 2012]

Murch, Walter, In the Blink of an Eye (California: Silman-James Press, 2001)

Newton, A.J., Boxing (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005)

Oates, Joyce Carol, On Boxing (London: Pan Books Ltd., 1988)

Palahniuk, Chuck, Fight Club (London: Random House Publishing, 2003)

Polley, Martin, Moving the Goalposts (London: Routledge, 1998)

Remnick, David, King of the World (London: Picador, 2000)

Saabye Christenson, Lars, The Half Brother (London: Arcadia Books, 2003)

Sampson, Kevin, Away Days (London: Random House, 1998)

Scannell, Vernon, Collected Poems 1950 – 1993 (London: Robson Books, 1993)

—— The Fight (London: Peter Nevill Ltd., 1953)

Schulberg, Budd, Ringside (Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing Company, 2010)

Shapiro, Anton, Chasing the Crown (Milton Keynes: Author’s House, 2010) Kindle ebook

Silverman, Jeff, ed., The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told (USA: Lyon Press, 2004)

Smith, Adam, Beautiful Brutality (London: Transworld Publishers, 2012)

Staudohar, Paul D., ed., Boxing’s Best Short Stories (London: Souvenir Press Ltd., 2001)

Storey, David, This Sporting Life (London: Random House Publishing, 2000)

Theroux, Marcel, A Blow to the Heart (London: Faber and Faber, 2006)

Toole, F.X., Million Dollar Baby (London: Vintage, 2005)

—— Pound for Pound (London: Random House, 2006)

Vogler, Christopher, The Writer’s Journey (California: Michael Weise Productions, 1998)


Baldwin, Clive, ‘Everything in him had come undone: violence, fear and the limits of performance’ (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of London, Birkbeck College, 2011), 102-142

Batty, Craig, ‘The Physical and Emotional Thread of the Archetypal Hero’s Journey’, Journal of Screenwriting, vol.1, no.2 (2010), 299-306

Bunce, Steve, ‘Far From Vegas: The Grassroots Boxers Going Toe-to-Toe Round Britain’, The Independent Magazine, Saturday 1 June 2013

Durham, Michael, ‘A short talk with a first novelist’, LIFE Magazine, August 29 1969, <> [accessed 20 December 2011]

Hazlitt, William, ‘The Fight’, New Monthly Magazine, February 1822,

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Jones, D.A.N., ‘Fighting Men’, London Review of Books, vol.6, no.2 (1984), <> [accessed 27 March 2013]

McRae, Donald, ‘Carl Frampton v Jeremy Parodi’, The Guardian, 18 October 2013, <> [accessed 23 October 2013]

—— ‘Orlando Cruz: I wanted to take out the thorn inside me and have peace’, The Guardian, 18 October 2012, <> [accessed 5 November 2012]

Moehringer, J.R., ‘Resurrecting The Champ’, The Los Angeles Times, 4 May 1997, <> [accessed 5 April 2012]

Smith, Gary, ‘The Shadow Boxer’, Sports Illustrated, April 18 2005, <> [accessed 15 November 2012]

Trickett, Alex, ‘Brutal Blow for Boxing’, BBC Sports Online, 10 October 2001, <> [accessed 21 April 2013]

Other Media:

Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring, BBC4, 6 March 2013, 10pm

Barry McGuigan: Sports Life Stories, ITV1, 27 March 2013, 9pm

Champion, dir. by Mark Robson (United Artists, 1949)

Cool Hand Luke, dir. by Stuart Rosenberg (Warner Brothers, 1967)

Fat City, dir. by John Huston (Columbia Pictures, 1972)

From Here to Eternity, dir. by Fred Zinneman (Columbia Pictures, 1953)

‘Losing to Win’, It’s My Story, BBC Radio 4, 10 July 2011, 1.30pm

Million Dollar Baby, dir. by Clint Eastwood (Entertainment in Video, 2004)

On the Waterfront, dir. by Elia Kazan (Columbia Pictures, 1954)

Raging Bull, dir. by Martin Scorsese (United Artists, 1980)

Rocky, dir. by John G. Avildsen (United Artists, 1976)

The Fighter, dir. by David O. Russell (Paramount Pictures, 2010)

The Set-Up, dir. by Robert Wise (RKO Radio Pictures, 1948)

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