Squash star James Willstrop lifts the lid on the brutal world of squash in his book 'Shot and a Ghost'.
Last Updated: 31/01/13 3:34pm
Englishman James Willstrop is one of the world's leading squash players and one of the sport's most complex and cerebral characters.
Brought up in Pontefract, he is anything but the archetypal Yorkshireman - a poetry-loving vegetarian with a love of musicals, Morrissey, Oscar Wilde and Philip Larkin. He became world No 1 in January 2012 despite being accused by many of being 'too nice' to be a winner.
In his first book - a diary account from January 2010 to February 2011, he writes with candid honesty about the issues that affect him, using flashbacks to earlier periods in his life.
In his interview with Sporting Chapters Willstrop talks about:
Rivalry: his fierce and often acrimonious rivalry with fellow Yorkshireman and former world No 1 Nick Matthew.
Recognition: His frustration that the British success in world squash is largely ignored by the British press and public.
Olympic dreams: The desire to see squash make it into the Olympics.
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