Ruy Castro's wonderful biography charts the extraordinary rise and fall of a flawed sporting legend, and a tragically human hero.
Ruy Castro has worked for many of Brazil's top newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of several biographies and collections of quotations. His most recent works include Bossa Nova- The Story of the Brazilian Music that Seduced the World and Rio de Janeiro- Carnival under Fire. He is currently working on a biography of Carmen Miranda. He lives in Rio de Janeiro.
"Castro's biography is funny and moving, zealously researched and
lovingly told. This excellent new translation by Andrew Downie
means English readers can properly appreciate one of the most
incredible lives in the history of sport" -- Alex Bellos * Daily
"Passionate, fascinating and surprisingly moving... a worthy tribute... According to Gazza, Gascoigne has limited interest in books. He should be persuaded to make an exception for Garrincha. He would learn more about himself than by reading his own autobiography" * Guardian *
"[A] powerfully atmospheric and beautifully rendered life of one of Brazil's greatest ever players... A sad and fantastic book" -- Harry Pearson * When Saturday Comes *
"[Castro's] research is exhaustive and exemplary" * Sunday Times *
"A compelling page-turner, warts and all" * Scotland on Sunday *