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On the Chin


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The sporting memoir of an unlikely pugilist's attempt to take on Australia's amateur boxing circuit.

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Alex McClintock grew up in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in Toronto, Canada. His sports journalist has been published by the Guardian, SMH, the Monthly, HBO and ABC RN. On the Chin- A Boxing Education is his first book.


'The sweet science of boxing has gifted us the best work of some of the finest writers in literature. And now Alex McClintock has deepened that dark, mysterious well of beautiful writing about the most brutal of sports.' * John Birmingham *
'Compelling - I was left hooked until the final bell.' * David Hunt *
'I thought I wasn't interested in boxing, and then I read this book. Completely engrossing, thoughtful and at times touching; you will learn about boxing but you will also learn a little more about the world we live in, and why we can be brought together by people hitting each other. Alex's writing is something to behold.' * Bridie Jabour *
'A beautifully written portal into a sometimes misunderstood sport. Alex McClintock's On the Chin illuminates a world that has a rich cast of heroes and villains, and his own journey into that tribe. A treat for boxing fans and non-fans alike.' * Brigid Delaney *
'On the Chin is a rare work, in that it made me enthusiastic about hitting other people. Yes, this is a book about the dance and technical beauty of boxers in the ring but McClintock's insight into the human drive - the ambition to punch and be punched - makes this sing. In reading this, we hear the echoes of race, poverty and the funeral song of great fighters who razed all before them but never ended up truly winning. Alex had me laughing and wincing reflexively. Then, most powerfully, I began wondering if maybe this fighting business was something I should try. He's that good.' * Rick Morton *
'Alex McClintock has written an evocative and engaging boxing memoir rich in the history and pathos of the fight game, filled with riveting and illuminating detail about his own attempts to become a boxer.' * Donald McRae *
'Compulsively readable - Kapow!' * Courier-Mail *
'Self-deprecating, funny and informative.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
'McClintock perfectly portrays those wild highs and lows of the amateur pugilist.' * Otago Daily Times *
'A genuine pleasure from start to finish, not only for lovers of boxing and sport, but also for lovers of great Australian comic writing...highly original, often hilariously funny.' * Footy Almanac *
'It's brave and lovely and thrilling and funny. I enjoyed it tremendously. It is the most entertaining boxing story I have read in years.' * Australian *
'Superb.' * Inside Sport *
'I'm no boxing fan but Alex McClintock's gonzo history of the sport, On the Chin, is a knockout. Weaving from playground days to sweaty contests, Alex dances between social history and bloke psychology, from scandals to villains, always with panache.' * David Astle *

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