Giles's book more than a match for bestsellers
HE was better known for smashing balls into the back of the net -- or even for crunching tackles on his opponents.
But John Giles smashed his way to the top of the books league in Ireland when his autobiography 'A Football Man' became the biggest-selling book in the country.
The official Nielsen figures for last week's book sales released yesterday showed that Gilesey's book had shot to number one.
It pushed Jamie Oliver's '30-minute Meals', which has been one of the biggest-selling non-fiction books in UK and Irish chart history, into second place.
Last week, Giles's book sold 2,060 copies in Ireland, with '30-minute Meals' selling 1,990 and 'Guinness World Records 2011' in third place with 1,186.
The new Jamie Oliver book had been expected to hold the top spot all the way up to Christmas.
However, Giles has upset the forecast and his book has cemented its place as the must-buy gift book of the season.
Proceeds from sales of the book are being donated to the John Giles Football Foundation, which aims to boost communities by providing a healthy sporting outlet for children.
"I grew up, like many of us did, playing on the street," Giles says. "I never dreamt of where it would take me."
The book has been shortlisted for the Irish Sports Book Award at the Irish Book Awards and longlisted for the William Hill Irish Sports Book Award.