The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies: Featuring the 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time
Guys love movies. Especially sports movies, where every underdog has his day, every team achieves glory, and every hero gets his moment of redemption. Next to watching Monday Night Football, there’s nothing more enjoyable than plopping down on the couch with the remote and a bottle of beer and firing up the special-edition DVD of Rocky, Hoosiers, Caddyshack, or any other fan favorite. Now, two nationally renowned sports media personalities take on the task of ranking the top 100 sports movies of all time, including entertaining and informative lists, special features, and contributions from over 75 top sports figures. From drama to comedy to tragedy to documentary, all the greatest sports films are here, brought to life through detailed summaries, fun facts and trivia, behind-the-scenes revelations, plus images from the greatest moments in sports film history. Original comments from some of the top personalities in sports and entertainment—including Peyton and Eli Manning, Charles Barkley, Tony Romo, James Gandolfini, Bill Parcells, Dennis Quaid, Arnold Palmer, and many more—provide further insight and marketing punch.
This is the hilariously surreal correspondence of Robin Cooper, who for several years has been plaguing department stores, hotels, associations, fan clubs and a certain children's book publisher with his letters.
Chronicled from the perspective of a besotted ten-year-old Arsenal fan, through disillusioned adolescence, to an adult "who should know better", this book examines the absurdities, idiosyncrasies and traumas of everyday life and football.
A brilliant mix of vivid reportage, history and science. Historical diving bells, greek sponge divers, world war two frogmen and record-setting breath hold divers compete for space with misunderstood sharks, weeping turtles, smiling dolphins and erotically shaped sea slugs. From Ireland to Florida, Papua New Guinea to Vienna and the Bahamas to Seychelles, Neutral Buoyancy is travel writing of the most fascinating, readable kind; providing a window - or a view from a glass bottomed boat - on a rich, unfamiliar and unique destination. Travel writing of this quality makes Neutral Buoyancy a must for all armchair travellers, not just divers.
This is the vivid and openly critical examination of events surrounding the sinking of the "Herald of Free Enterprise" at Zeebrugge in March 1987. Assistant purser Stephen Homewood gives an eyewitness account of the tragedy, his survival and the manner in which he helped others to safety.
An entertaining memoir of a rollicking life in New York of an Irish immigrant. The title is derived from the young Malachy's mishearing of the words 'amongst women' in Hail Mary. Malachy McCourt, younger brother to Frank, had his childhood portrayed in the much loved best-selling book, Angela's Ashes. Here he tells the story of his own hell-raising days when he left Ireland and went in search of fame, fortune and fun in New York. The Exuberance of the Irish lifestyle in New York is matched with the scenes of rollercoaster emotional life, and a fair amount of alcohol. A MONK SWIMMING, the story of a life lived uproariously, is light-hearted and immensely readable, outrageous and comic
Mr. Morello is a slightly confused, pear-shaped, 45 year-old Italian immigrant living with his larger, plump wife and three children. As a family, they share a curious fondness for all things British and yet by dint of their Italian heritage, struggle to come to terms with some of our more esoteric characteristics. Mr. Morello, a fastidious and prodigious letter writer, takes it upon himself to correspond with some of the great institutions and individuals—from Tony Blair, George W. Bush, The Lord Chancellor, Richard Branson, and the Archbishop of Canterbury to Gordon Ramsay and The Bank of England. All in an attempt to have his seemingly endless list of quandaries answered by the experts and, at times, in vain attempts to secure employment for his idling children. These hilarious letters, composed in Mr. Morello's bizarre English-Italian hybrid vernacular, and plethora of responses from the great and not so good, follow a long and successful tradition of prankish correspondence, as pioneered by Lazlo Toth and Henry Root. This good-natured exploration of British customs and idiosyncrasies is written with gentle and generous humor.
This story of how Lance Armstrong came back from a fight against cancer to win the sporting world's most physically and mentally demanding event - the Tour de France won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year
If you read just one sports book this year, this is the one' Express on SundayLance Armstrong was one of the most precocious talents the world of cycling had ever seen. Within a year of turning professional in 1992 he was World Champion. In 1994 he won two stages of the Tour de France and in 1996 consolidated his position amongst cycling's elite by winning ten consecutive races. By this time, however, and unknown to him, he was battling against cancer as well as 200 fellow competitors. In early October he was diagnosed with testicular cancer so advanced he had to be operated on the very next day. And when lesions appeared on his brain and in his lungs he was given a 40% chance of survival. While he was in hospital undergoing a three month course in chemotherapy his team Codifis, who had promised to stand by him, cancelled his contract. However, by February 1997 he was out of hospital, training again and setting himself targets. He wanted to complete the 1998 Tour de France. Not only did he achieve this but he went on to win the 1999 Tour in spectacular style, in the fastest ever time, and was the first winner to take four stages in the race in 15 years. This is an extraordinary and inspirational story. 'So darn riveting that it simply cannot be put down-warmly recommended' Time Out
If you read one sports book this year, this is the one,This is a gripping story,So darn riveting that it simply cannot be put down
Among the cast of characters who will feature in Botham's own Who's Who of cricket will be top players such as Viv Richards, Brian Close and Shane Warne. Umpire Dickie Bird and the late John Arlott will also have a place in Beefy's Hall of Fame. Others associated with cricket include Mick Jagger, Sir Paul Getty and Nancy (who used to cook the lunches at Lord's and was responsible for many a cricketer's expanding waistline); and many more who in Beefy's opinion have been a positive influence in the game during his era. Published immediately after the conclusion of the 2001 Ashes series.
Andy Gray has been at the forefront of British soccer for over three decades. Now, for the first time, he tells his own remarkable story, and that of the modern game. From a fanatical footballing household in Glasgow, Andy worked his way to become a teenage prodigy at Dundee. But it was in England that Andy's name was cemented as one of Europe's top strikers, where he won the League, the FA Cup, and the European Cup Winners Cup. These triumphs—along with the managers, the goals, the games, and the fans are vividly brought to life, while Gray also explains how the game was evolving around him.
Indonesian Ferry Sinks. Peruvian Bus Plunges Off Cliff. African Train Attacked by Mobs. Whenever he picked up the newspaper, Carl Hoffman noticed those short news bulletins, which seemed about as far from the idea of tourism, travel as the pursuit of pleasure, as it was possible to get. So off he went, spending six months circumnavigating the globe on the world's worst conveyances: the statistically most dangerous airlines, the most crowded and dangerous ferries, the slowest buses, and the most rickety trains. The Lunatic Express takes us into the heart of the world, to some its most teeming cities and remotest places: from Havana to Bogot on the perilous Cuban Airways. Lima to the Amazon on crowded night buses where the road is a washed-out track. Across Indonesia and Bangladesh by overcrowded ferries that kill 1,000 passengers a year. On commuter trains in Mumbai so crowded that dozens perish daily, across Afghanistan as the Taliban closes in, and, scariest of all, Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., by Greyhound.The Lunatic Express is the story of traveling with seatmates and deckmates who have left home without American Express cards on conveyances that don't take Visa, and seldom take you anywhere you'd want to go. But it's also the story of traveling as it used to be -- a sometimes harrowing trial, of finding adventure in a modern, rapidly urbanizing world and the generosity of poor strangers, from ear cleaners to urban bus drivers to itinerant roughnecks, who make up most of the world's population. More than just an adventure story, The Lunatic Express is a funny, harrowing and insightful look at the world as it is, a planet full of hundreds of millions of people, mostly poor, on the move and seeking their fortunes.
Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game--And How It Got That Way
Philip Orbanes, master of all things Monopoliana, traces the remarkable story of the world’s most famous board game, from its origins as a collegiate teaching tool in the early twentieth century through Monopoly’s explosive growth in the postwar decades, to the game’s current status as a fixture in homes across the globe. Along the way, Orbanes includes memorable Monopoly personality portraits, surprising Monopoly legends and lore, and an extraordinary tour of the ingenious advertising that contributed to the game’s rise in popularity. This is the first and only book to cover comprehensively the origin, growth, and global reach of the game that has become a universal and everyday cultural icon.
Humphrey Lyttelton passed away on the 25th of April. The week before he sent a message to be read out at the SIHAC live show in Bournemouth. It read: 'I'm sorry I cannot be with you this evening I'm in hospital.' There was a typically wonderful Humph pause, after which, 'I wish I had thought of this earlier.' As a tribute to this wonderful man we present Humphrey Lyttelton's Britain, a tour of this Septic (or is that Sceptred) Isle in the hands of a national treasure.
The I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue team of Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, in the company of their esteemed chairman Humphrey Lyttelton, have been recording their BBC radio show around the UK for longer than any of them can remember … that’s about a week – or twenty minutes in the case of Barry Cryer. At each venue Humph would present a short history of the location, written by Iain Pattinson, to the mutual delight of the audience, the team and their delightful scorer Samantha (who somehow always found time for a rewarding poke around the area’s backstreets).
We are privileged to present, in gazetteer form, the very best of Humph’s local histories form Radio 4’s multi award-winning ‘antidote to panel games’. As accurate as Wikipedia and as comprehensive as Reader’s Digest, this unique guide tells you everything you never knew you wouldn’t ever need to know about the background and inhabitants of Britain’s most prominent towns and cities. The intelligent reader will waste no time in adding it to their collection.
It was from Bristol in 1497 that John Cabot set off to find a new route to the Spice Islands by sailing north-west. He instead discovered a strange, hostile world which he named ‘Newfoundland’, until the natives explained that they actually called it ‘Swansea’.
It’s well documented in official records that the city’s original name was ‘Snottingham’ or ‘home of Snotts’, but when the Normans came, they couldn’t pronounce the initial letter ‘S’, so decreed the town be called ‘Nottingham’or the ‘home of Notts’. It’s easy to understand why this change was resisted so fiercely by the people of Scunthorpe.
A settlement is first recorded in Brighton as long as ago as 3000 BC, when Celtic Druids practised their ancient worship of oaks, mistletoe and virgins, and indeed, oaks and mistletoe are still plentiful in Brighton.
An idiosyncratic mix of (often loose) fact and wild fiction. Rightly deemed worthy of publication.
In 1936 the habits of 19th-century America were finally consigned to history just as Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind was published. In their place, modern America was born. But what defined this new era? Nothing more than the story of Seabiscuit, a stunted colt with asymmetrical knees that had for two years been hacked around no-good race tracks which led to permanent leg damage. Yet by 1937 Seabiscuit could draw crowds of 60,000 and had more newspaper column inches devoted to him than Mussolini, Hitler or Roosevelt, his popularity peaking during his appearances at the Santa Anita Handicap. America had gone to the races for the first time since the Depression and fallen in love with a misshapen colt of great character. Now it wanted a winner. Seabiscuit is also the story of three men: Tom Smith, a former Wild West Showman was the trainer; Red Pollard, abandoned by his poverty stricken family at a race track became the rider; and Charles Howard, a pioneer car manufacturer in San Francisco in the 1920s was the owner and financier. These three combined to create the legend of Seabiscuit and epitomise a dream for the emerging new America.
Scott Quinnell's book is called "The Hardest Test". It is the story of how he became a successful rugby player, in spite of having to fight against learning difficulties at school. When he retired in 2005 he continued his battle with dyslexia in order to change both his and his children's lives for ever.
The oddest, the weirdest, the most amazing facts and feats from all over the world, including bizarre crimes, weird animal news, incredible urban myths, potty wisdom, astonishing royal eccentricities, zany sporting moments and jokes of the day. From elk-dropping earrings to radioactive watches, a wealth of information, all of it incredible, much of it improbable, but all of it true. Be amazed, be appalled, but above all, be enthralled by this cornucopia of craziness.
The Winner's Guide to Casino Gambling: Fourth Edition
Long recognized as the gambler's bible, THE WINNER'S GUIDE TO CASINO GAMBLING has been completely revised and expanded to include new rules and strategies for every major game in the casino, including several popular new ones. This entirely updated fourth edition remains the most authoritative and comprehensive book in its field, bringing gambling expert Edwin Silberstang's professional secrets and expertise into the twenty-first-century casino. THE WINNER'S GUIDE TO CASINO GAMBLING can literally replace a shelf full of guides to individual games - each chapter is a book of its own. Silberstang shows readers: - the best strategies to beat multiple-deck blackjack, including simple but powerful card counting methods - How to exploit the free-odds wager in craps to minimize the house edge - Ways to win at the most popular video poker games - The secrets to the new casino games, such as Three Card Poker and Let It Ride - What games to play where for the best odds - A winning approach to thinking as a gambler, worth the cost of the entire book
Lister, the last human being alive in "Red Dwarf", decides to leave a log describing the greatest achievements of mankind, in case there is a posterity to find it. All these deeds have a distinct "Lister" swing to them, and feature many of the "Red Dwarf" crew .
This highly entertaining compilation of The Times column 'Not Dead Yet' challenges ageism and celebrates being 50-plus Are you of a certain age yet still vaguely interested in how the world runs, still go out to the shops and pictures, still enjoy a laugh? Well, it probably comes as no surprise to you but many young (or young-ish) people out there think you're past it. The Times' column 'Not Dead Yet' is the Home Page for you -- a hilarious daily compilation of quotes both from those who regard us as coffin-dodgers and those of us who still engage with the world -- the world's leading anti-ageist column.
Jack Charlton tells of his childhood in a Northumberland mining village and how he escaped a life down the mine by joining Leeds where he played for 20 years. As a player he also touched the pinnacle in England's legendary 1966 World Cup winning team. As a manager he dragged the Republic of Ireland from the backwaters of international football to compete with the world's best. As a man, he is noted for his forthright personality - one whose views are respected.
A biography of the late Irish motorcycle racing legend, Joey Dunlop, who won a record 26 Isle of Man TT races over the famous road circuit, as well as a host of other titles, during a 30-year career. The author has blended archive material and freshly conducted interviews with Joey's friends, family and racing peers such as Steve Hislop, Carl Fogarty and Roger Marshall to produce this book.
Expand your knowledge, broaden your mind and enjoy hours of entertainment with this volume, which contains over 5000 pub quiz questions. It is divided into 48 sessions, including quizzes from the categories of sports, history, TV and pot luck.
Now in paperback, this is an inside view of bosses, meetings, management fads and other workplace afflictions. Examining bizarre and hilarious situations in the world of work with growing absurdity, Adams reveals the secrets of management, including swearing one's way to the top, selling bad products to stupid people, trolls in accounts and more.
"The Fabulous Girl's Guide To Life" is fully of witty, incisive and helpful advice for the thoroughly modern woman. It covers many of the dilemmas and tricky situations a Fabulous Girl will encounter as she moves on to the next stage of her life, and will resonate with women everywhere. It includes: changing careers midstream: how to work with someone who undermines you; business trip etiquette; getting better service; how to develop your own fashion style; what to do when two friends split up; how to tell friend to stop drinking/lose weight; making booty calls; dating someone with kids; career conflicts in a relationship; how to break up with style; last-minute entertaining; and how to survive family gatherings and end family feuds. And woven through the books is the continuing story of the Fabulous Girl herself.
The book that inspired Marley and Me, published in the UK for the first time
When Jon Katz takes in a young troubled border collie, his calm, sedate life will never be the same again.
Jon and his wife live in a New Jersey suburb with two perfectly behaved Labradors. Then into the mix comes Devon, who creates havoc from the moment he arrives at the airport, when it takes Jon, two baggage handlers and three police officers to track him down after he escapes.
Jon learns the hard way how to encourage Devon to behave. But amongst the difficulties of their first year together, Jon discovers his life is enlivened by a creature with so much mischievousness and joie de vivre. In fact, Jon finds that he is to change as much as Devon.
By turns insightful, hilarious and deeply moving, A Dog Year is a delightful true story of the age-old bond between man and dog.
Jon Katz has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, GQ and other magazines as well as having a regular column about dogs and rural life for online magazine Slate. He has written sixteen books, many of them about dogs, and co-hosts an awardwinning radio show Dog Talk. After the period of this book, he moved to a farm in upstate New York where he and his wife live together with their dogs, sheep, cows, donkeys, a barn cat and four chickens. His website is www.bedlamfarm.com.
Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. His keen insights cut to the heart of the human-pet relationship - its immense joys and painful sorrows. With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful inights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal,What distinguishes Katz's witty canine account from most others is his absention from sentimentality ... The adventures described in A Dog Year are the stuff of great fiction ... Part cautionary tale, part love story, A Dog Year reminds us that adopting a pet is a massive responsibility but one that rewards the owner with a rich, more meaningful life,Moving, funny ... a loveable mutt of a book
The author, an experienced walker and journalist, provides descriptions of the loveliest walks in this part of Scotland with a sense of ecology, history and a hint of romance. The walks in this volume range from the short stroll to the full day expedition.
A back-street boy from a broken home, a hod-carrier who became captain of Wales, a loving husband who has experienced much lonliness and many more tears, the countryman who became a huge film star, Vinne Jones has never been a one-dimensional character. At last the chance has come for him to tell his story and hit back at his critics. A player like no other, Vinnie's autobiography is like the man himself: open, honest and without fear.
To date, Steve Redgrave has won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals and eight world championships for his spectacular rowing achievements, and is consequently regarded with awe by rivals, crew-mates and top sportsmen alike. Now, at the age of 38, Steve is bidding to win an unprecedented fifth gold medal at Sydney. Win or lose, it will mark the end of a remarkable twenty-three year long career. This autobiography discusses Redgrave's partnerships, the difficulty of maintaining a balanced family life, and the strain of battling against the odds with the debilitating diseases of both colitis and diabetes.
Ronnie O'Sullivan's supreme talent and style have made him Britain's best-loved snooker champion. At 17, he became the youngest winner of a world-ranking tournament, and in 2001 he confirmed his legendary status by winning the Embassy World Title. His autobiography details more than the sporting triumphs of a man the BBC speculates "could become the world's greatest ever." It also tells of the boy who was introduced to legendary snooker clubs at an impossibly early age, of the teenager whose life was decimated when his father and mentor was sent to prison for life, and of the man dubbed the "genius" of the modern game who regularly threatens to quit the sport to pursue other interests.
In John Burningham's well-stocked collection of the wit and wisdom that comes with age are contributions from Raymond Briggs, Ivor Cutler, Frank Dickens, Michael Foot, Richard Ingrams, Doris Lessing, Patrick Moore, Dervla Murphy, Ronald Searle, Tom Sharpe, Chad Varah, and many others on such themes as time, birthdays, travel, and love. Woven in amongst the pieces is a rich selection of quotes?from T. S. Eliot and Leon Trotsky to Bob Hope and Ogden Nash?and 50 witty and poignant drawings by John Burningham.
In this fascinating collection of true stories taken from?ámore than?á100 years of soccer history, Andrew ward has gathered together the most extrordinary happenings ever to befall a?ásoccer field. They include stories about the game spectators couldn't see: the game that lasted four days; the games between the strikers and the police in 1926 and between Eton College and the unemployed boys; the games of three halves; the game decided by a hypnotist; and the one in which the same player scored all four goals?Çötwo for each side. A delight for all soccer fans, this is also a unique look at the more curious moments of the beautiful sport.
With his beaming personality and high-octane television commentaries peppered with wonderful blunders, Murray Walker was a national treasure known far beyond Formula 1. This book is a marker for the great man's retirement at the end of 2001. Now available in a re-formatted paperback and containing fascinating new material, this widely researched book, full of fun and anecdotes, will appeal to the thousands of fans who view Murray as a friend.
Lose Weight! Get Laid! Find God!: The All-In-One Life Planner
Lose Weight! Get Laid! Find God! is the worlds first all-in-one Life Planner, from the bestselling authors of This Diary Will Change Your Life. From your birth to your midlife crisis, from losing your virginity to planning the cryogenic freezing of your own body, this book will tell you how to lead the hysterical life you so richly deserve. Whether youre 0 or 100, or somewhere in between, this beautifully designed riot of invention, style, and humour is nothing less than the book of your life.
The third volume in a series bringing together the finest original cricket writing from leading cricket writers worldwide. This book offers extensive coverage of the World Cup in addition to many other pertinent pre-millennial matters. Contributors include Robert Croft, Glamorgan and England off-spinner; Arthur Smith, comedian and script-writer; "Journalist of the Year" Nick Davies; Colin Schindler, TV scriptwriter and author of "Manchester United Ruined My Life;" Paul Weaver of "The Guardian;" Brian Matthews, writer and director of the Europe-Australia Institute at Victoria University, Melbourne; Simon Hattenstone, film editor for "The Guardian;" and Graeme Wright, ex-editor of" Wisden" and George Best's ghost writer.
The Sudoku Challenge: 200 Puzzles to Strain Your Brain!
Sudoku is the simple number puzzle that has swept the world and obsessed millions of puzzlers of all ages. It takes no mathematical knowledge and you don't need a large vocabulary. All it takes is a pencil and some logic. In this compilation there are 200 puzzles ranging from 'nice and easy' to 'fiendishly difficult'. From simple puzzles a nine-year-old could complete to megasudoku grids of 25 X 25, work through the book to become a master puzzler. The pocket-book format means that you can work on a Sudoku anywhere - whilst commuting, on the beach, or on a lunch break.
Lenny McLean was one of the deadliest bare-knuckle fighters Britain has ever seen. He had dear, powerful friends, but he also had terrible enemies. So much so that he has two bullet wounds in his back, and has been stabbed repeatedly—always from behind. Lenny, however, is also a warm, grizzly bear of a man, whose main weakness is an overwhelming desire to put the welfare of his mates ahead of his own well-being. In this autobiography he tells of how the mafia flew him to New York to take on their greatest bare-knuckle boxer in a multi-million pound illicit challenge bout. The Mafia's man lasted less than three minutes. When the IRA fronted up a London gang in a money-laundering scam, Lenny was brought in to intimidate the terrorists. The IRA, not surprisingly, backed off. Lenny's most serious trial came when he was accused of murder. Fighting to prove his innocence against a minimum sentence of 25 years, Lenny never gave up, and went on to be found not guilty. After deciding to retire from the violent life, Len turned his hand to acting, having parts in The Fifth Element and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
In this book, comedian Bill Oddie writes about the glory of birdwatching, offering both serious advice as well as hilarious anecdotes. He dissects the proper uniform for birdwatching, debates whether he'd liked to be called an "ornithologist" or a "bird spotter," and tells tales of the birdwatching trips he has taken across the globe.
Passing notes has never been this much fun! Hot 'n Sticky Notes let you post nine different sexy sticky notes anywhere your mood suits: the bedroom the car or on you. Sharpen your pencils whip our your erasers and start writing.
Lance Armstrong inspires millions the world over, not just as a sports champion, but as a champion at life. His heroic survival from deadly cancer and his hard-fought triumphs in the bicycle race that is thought to be the most gruelling endurance test in sports are a tribute to the strength of the human spirit. Filled with never-before-seen pictures - including photos of his historic seventh Tour win - and revealing insights by the people who know him best, this treasured keepsake celebrates in words and photographs Armstrong's indomitable will and champion's heart. See inside Lance's tour with intimate pictures of Armstrong in competition and off the bike, as well as stunning full-colour views capturing the grandeur of the sport, by cycling's top photographer, Graham Watson.
Written with Shane Broderick's authorization and cooperation, this text tells the story of one of the rising stars of Irish racing, his early life, his association with the great Doran's Pride and then the aftermath of his tragic injury at Fairy House in April 1997 when he broke his neck and became paralyzed from the neck down. The book covers his life after the accident and his struggle to lead as normal a life as possible. It also describes the response from the public which led to the growth of the Shane Broderick Fund and his determination to set up structures to help other jockeys in a similar situation.
So, you can do the standard su doku puzzles; jigsaw su doku is no problem for you; you've even mastered the fiendish kakuro puzzles.What's next? KILLER SU DOKU!Killer Su Doku puzzles have a su doku grid, but also have sets of linked cells which indicate the sum to which the digits in those cells need to total.That's all you need to know.Included in this book:midi killer su dokuhard killer su dokuchallenging killer su dokumonster killer su dokuStep up to the challenge - and get the killer su doku bug!
For all those people who say they aren't cat people, but deep down know they are.Helen Brown wasn't a cat person, but her nine-year old son Sam was. So when Sam heard someone mention that her cat had just had a litter, he pleaded to go and see them. Helen was powerless to resist and the deal was done ' to be delivered when the kitten was big enough to leave her mother.Just a week later, Sam was killed in a road accident. Not long after this, a little black kitten was delivered to the family's doorstep. Totally numbed by Sam's death, Helen had completely forgotten about the new arrival, which belonged in another universe when Sam was still alive.Helen was ready to send her back, but Sam's younger brother, Rob, identified with the kitten who'd also lost her brothers. Stroking her, it was the first time Helen had seen him smile since Sam's death. There was no choice, the kitten ' dubbed Cleo ' had to stayCleo's immense character slowly taught the family to laugh again, giving them hope of getting back to normal. She went on to become the high priestess of Helen's household - vetoing her new men, terrifying visiting dogs and playing an integral role in their lives to become both a guardian and friend.