W&N Autobiography/Sport HB / TPB May £20.00 / £12.99 320pp 8pp colour illustrations 978 1 4746 0825 1 / 978 1 4746 0826 8 eBook: £20 / 978 1 4746 0828 2 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 7644 2 / 10 hrs
Ben Ryan’s inspirational story of how he took a leap of faith and led Fiji to Olympic rugby sevens gold.
BEN RYAN Sevens Heaven The Olympic dream that changed my life and inspired a nation
The uplifting, feel-good autobiography of ben Ryan, the coach of the olympic gold-medal winning Fiji rugby team.
It is late summer 2013, and Englishman Ben Ryan has been given 20 minutes to decide whether he wants to coach Fiji’s rugby sevens team. He has never been to Fiji. There has been no discussion of contracts or salary. But he knows that no one plays rugby like the men from these isolated Pacific islands. He knows too that no other rugby nation has so little – no money and no resources, only basic equipment and a long, sad history of losing its most gifted players to richer, greedier nations.
Ryan says yes. And with that simple word he sets in motion an extraordinary journey that will encompass witch doctors and interfering prime ministers, sun-smeared dawns and devastating cyclones, intense friendships and bitter rows, phone taps and wild nationwide parties. It will end at Rio 2016 with a performance that not only wins Olympic gold but touches fresh heights for rugby union.
ben Ryan is the coach who took Fiji to rugby sevens Olympic gold in Rio 2016, after which he was awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji. A consultant to various leading organisations, including Wales Rugby Union, Nike, HSBC and World Rugby, Ben is the current Pacific Person of the Year.
Location: Wimbledon, London www.benryan.co.uk T@benjaminryan
W&N Non-Fiction • May 2018