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Behind the Lions
Available as an eBook and an app

Behind the Jersey Series, Sport
Publication Date
01 November 2012
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
Out of Print (Available as an eBook)
Birlinn Limited

Behind the Lions

Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions
by Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain and David Barnes - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

***** – Rugby World 

'utterly compelling' – Planet Rugby

'comfortably the most interesting and entertaining history of the Lions' – Irish Times

Behind the Lions is now available as an interactive app for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches and as an eBook. The app includes the entire book plus added stats and records, and 17 videos with highlights of every Lions tour from 1955 to 2009. Plus, if you already have the print edition, it interacts with images in the book to bring your hardback to life using augmented reality. The eBook comes in two versions – one as a facsimile of the print edition and as enhanced edition with the highlight videos also included. These are available via Apple, Amazon, Kobo, Waterstones, Sony, and Barnes and Noble.

The Behind the Lions app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is available here.

For 125 years the British & Irish Lions have stood out as a unique emblem in world sport. They represent the best of the best from the four Home Nations, coming together every four years under a united badge to take on the rugby greats of the Southern Hemisphere. Lions tours embody a revered legacy that is steeped in tradition yet maintains a vibrant standing in the modern era. The Lions badge is a symbol of the ethics, values and the romance at the heart of Test match rugby.

Every four years the rugby world’s focus is drawn to a great red pilgrimage as the Lions embark on a brutal and exhilarating tour that challenges the very limits of their rugby ability and the strength of their characters. They travel to the far reaches of the earth to confront the great powers in the world game… and the weight of history itself.

Behind the Lions sees four esteemed rugby writers from each of the Home Nations delve to the heart of what it means to be a Lion, interviewing a vast array of former tourists to uncover the passion, pride and exhilaration experienced when wearing the famous red jersey. It is a tale of heart-break and ecstasy, humour and poignancy that is at once inspirational, moving and utterly compelling. This is the story of the British & Irish Lions… in their own words.



Stephen Jones is a multi award-winning The Sunday Times rugby correspondent and world-renowned rugby expert. He is the author of several books on the sport, including Lion Man: The Autobiography of Ian McGeechan, Midnight Rugby: Triumph and Shambles in the Professional Era, and Endless Winter: Inside Story of the Rugby Revolution which was the winner of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

Tom English is the award-winning chief sports writer for the Scotland on Sunday and has been voted Scottish Sport’s Feature Writer of the Year by the Scottish Press Association for three years running. He has held posts with The Sunday Times, Sunday Express and The Scotsman. He won Rugby Book of the Year at the 2010 British Sports Book Awards for his novel, The Grudge.

Nick Cain is a rugby columnist for The Sunday Times and chief writer for The Rugby Paper. He edited Rugby World magazine for nine years, and is the co-author of The Lions Diary with Jeremy Guscott and Rugby Union for Dummies.

David Barnes is a freelance journalist, covering rugby for various newspapers. He is the co-author of Jim Renwick’s autobiography, Centre of Excellence, and the co-author of Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland, published in 2010.

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