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  • Sevens Heaven

  • The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream
  • By: Ben Ryan
  • Narrated by: Ben Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146

It is late summer 2013. Ben Ryan, a red-haired, 40-something, spectacle-wearing Englishman, is given 20 minutes to decide whether he wants to coach Fiji's rugby sevens team, with the aim of taking them to the nation's first-ever Olympic medal. 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, just as no one plays football like the kids from the Brazilian favelas, or no one runs as fast as the boys and girls from Jamaica's boondocks. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and inspiring read

  • By ScorpioRobin on 10-06-18


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Reviewed: 18-01-19

This is undoubtedly up there with the best sporting book I have read. Regardless of being a rugby fan the story is incredible both on and off the field. What makes it even better is Ben narrating it himself which brings you even closer to the emotional rollercoaster that he, the team and the people of Fiji went on during his time as the coach. A wonderful insight into a paradise of rugby talent