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The Men on Magic Carpets


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Ed Hawkins is an award-winning author and investigative journalist. He has written several books including the critically acclaimed The Lost Boys: Inside football's slave trade and Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. He has won three Sports Journalist Association awards. He lives in Kent.


"'An amazing book... it's brilliant' " --Chris Evans, Virgin Radio"This book is brilliantly conceived, a wild ride through the sporting occult. Forget staring at goats, Hawkins' collection of mystics, madmen and seers had their eyes fixed on far greater prizes." --Jon Hotten"An absolute gem. Funny, incredible and brilliantly reported, in Ed Hawkins the sports world has its own Jon Ronson." --Will Storr"A magic-carpet ride of a book. From the depths of the Cold War to Halifax Town FC, the cast of characters is unforgettable. A book to live long in the mind" --Ian Herbert. Daily Mail sportswriter and author"This is sports psychology taken to its outer limits and stripped bare. An enjoyably bizarre book, at times frightening and funny." --Patrick Barclay"Ed Hawkins breaks new ground with this walk on the wild side of the sports superstar industry. Amusing and bizarre tales, retraced by an accomplished investigative writer." --Paul Hayward"Fascinating - well-researched, insightful, surprising. I read it in a day!" --Vassos Alexander"Very entertaining" --The Observer"Jaw dropping tales of when athletes have called on the paranormal to get results." --The Daily Telegraph

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