Neil Adams MBE : A Game of Throws

By Neil Adams MBE
Cover by David Johnson

At 24 Neil Adams was at the top of his game. He was on the Olympic team, had almost every Judo championship title in the world under his belt and had recently been awarded an MBE. This is not his Olympic Story. This is not a ‘good old, glory days’ kind of tale. This is about what happens after, when the sponsors have disappeared, when the shine of the medal has dulled into the public’s distant memory. When you are left alone to deal with bills and life decisions that suddenly have nothing to do with Judo, BBC Superstars or Glory. This is the story of a man rebuilding his life on and off the mats. Neil Adams MBE is celebrating 50 years of Judo by sharing what he hopes to be his legacy. This is not only the highs and lows of 30 years after the Olympics, but the journey that made him the man he is today.

Launch Day for Neil Adams MBE

Today is the official launch of Neil Adams MBE’s autobiography celebrating 50 Years in Judo. The first book in the FoxGloves martial arts line.


The book is available from Amazon for £8.99 and the Adams’ are doing a special limited edition commemorative Gi Bag. There are only 50 bags available, which come complete with a copy of the book for £30. Please contact the Adams’ directly for more information on the ltd edition bags.

This is an incredibly open book about being the best and rebuilding life after the Olympics.


Neil Adams MBE : A Game of Throws

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It’s almost here! Fox Spirit’s first autobiography, from world famous Judoka Neil Adams MBE, published under the FoxGloves martial arts line will be available in August via Amazon worldwide.

The book is an open and honest look at what it meant to be an olympic Judoka and how Neil Adam’s rebuilt his professional and personal life afterwards. This is not a book about Judo, this is a book about what it means to be a fighter on and off the mats. This books has been a personal catharsis for Adam’s and is fantastic read that speaks to lifelong athletes and fans of a human story alike.

‘ There was a passion that effused every page and the section about Chris (no spoilers from me) had me in tears at my desk during a lunch time reading session. Not exactly a cool thing for a middle-aged man but unavoidable when reading something that raw and emotive.’  Tony Lane, read the whole review here.

There will also be a special strictly limited edition ‘Gi’ cover available direct from Neil Adams.


FoxGloves first title

The first title in our FoxGloves martial arts range is Neil Adams MBE’s new autobiography ‘A Game of Throws’ available this summer.


This book charts the story of Neil’s career in Judo and life off the mats after his final Olympics. Neil will be commentating on the Judo in this years Olympics and we are delighted to be kicking off the FoxGloves line in this fashion.


A while ago Aunty Fox sat down with MMA coach Nathan Leverton and said ‘what if…’

Well you know how that goes here at Fox Spirit. We now have a new imprint and sister site or focussing on martial arts for MMA. Vulpes will continue to focus on HEMA while FoxGloves will look at the more modern combat sport side of martial arts.

We have an amazing line up of coaches writing manuals and memoirs so please take a moment to check it out.


Reaching for Stars

It’s already February! How did that happen?

We are in the midst of getting books out, particularly ‘The Stars Seem so Far Away’ the re release of ‘Dreambook’ and ‘Emily Nation’ three very different and very awesome titles to kick off 2015.

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We also have events to plan. We are going to be very active locally organising live reading sessions and panels. The Skulk will be in force at this years Edge.Lit having a joint event with Boo Books (Working title Fox Boo).

…and in case all that wasn’t enough we will shortly be launching our new Combat Sports imprint FoxGloves which we are aiming to Kickstart this summer.


Finally, because we never take a breath here in the fox den, we will also be bringing you news of Fennec our childrens imprint soon along with developments under our HEMA idenity Vulpes. It’s a busy time for the whole skulk so please follow us on twitter and facebook and visit the site regularly or even better, sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss anything.

And while you wait for our new titles, we have plenty to entertain you already out there!