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The Last Wrestlers

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For most of us, wrestling is synonymous with muscle-clad men in spandex costumes pulling faces for TV cameras. For Marcus Trower, however, the camp theatre of WWF was a dishonourable perversion of an honourable tradition a tradition sadly on the wane in modern society. Wrestling acted as an outlet, both physical and mental, for Marcus; a means of expression purer than any of the martial arts he had tried before. hen tragedy struck chronic health problems prevented him from doing what he loved most. Unwilling to let go, he determined to look into the roots of wrestling, to try and uncover some deeper, perhaps spiritual, dimension. His travels took him to such far-flung reaches as India, Mongolia, Nigeria and Brazil, the incredible scenery matched by equally colourful characters. Sometimes frightened, often frustrated but always intrepid, Marcus discovered the true origins of wrestling appeared to have little to do with spirituality and everything to do with seduction... he Last Wrestlers is both the story of one man s rebellion against the office-bound constraints of the modern world and a lament for a bygone era of masculinity. It is also a superbly written piece of sports
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An engaging, deeply personal and superbly written account of one man's search for the true roots of wrestling

About the Author

Marcus Trower has worked as a freelance journalist for various national newspapers and magazines, including The Times and Loaded. He currently lives in Brazil and plans to teach wrestling there.


"Fascinating, funny, tragic and inspiring" * Arena * "The Last Wrestlers is an absolutely fascinating, heartfelt and original book that deserves a wide audience" -- Robert Twigger, author of Angry White Pyjamas "This is a damned good read ... and in an area of interest devoid of decent literature, must be highly recommended" -- Allan Best * British Wrestling Association * "His argument that a sporting defeat might feel like the end of the world because once upon a time it meant you would not pass on your genes is strikingly well put" * Sunday Times * "Marcus Trower ... is the perfect guide on a journey to discover the roots of a sport which, in the Western world, has long been forgotten" * Daily Express *

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