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Top recommended books include Believe: Hearts - From Turmoil to Triumph at Tynecastle, The Battle for Hearts and Minds: Changing Fortunes at Heart of Midlothian FC, Hearts: Great Tynecastle Tales plus many more in the Heart of Midlothian online bookshop

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Believe: Hearts - From Turmoil to Triumph at Tynecastle
When Hearts won the Scottish Cup in 1998, the club promised to spend millions in a bid to compete with the Old Firm, but in fact it would be another eight years before the famous trophy returned to Tynecastle. This time, Lithuanian multimillionaire Vladimir Romanov was in town, determined to provide funds to ensure that success was achieved on a more frequent basis. Despite major upheaval behind the scenes, 2005-06 was one of the most noteworthy seasons in the history of Heart of Midlothian FC. The team finished second in the SPL, secured a place in the Champions League for the first time and also won the Scottish Cup. This was all achieved against a background of dramatic developments at Tynecastle: George Burley was sacked as boss, despite an unbeaten start to the league campaign; chief executive Phil Anderton was dismissed, and chairman George Foulkes resigned in protest at Anderton's treatment; and Graham Rix was controversially appointed as head coach only to be sacked after just 135 days in charge. "Believe!" is the record of a remarkable season. It examines how the club triumphed despite the unrest and reveals for the first time why Burley was dismissed and Anderton departed. It is a must-read book for all fans of the Gorgie club and followers of Scottish football in general.

The Battle for Hearts and Minds: Changing Fortunes at Heart of Midlothian FC
The events of this season and next are likely to determine whether Heart of Midlothian Football Club, romantically formed by a group of dance-hall regulars, survives or dies. This sobering realisation has focused considerable attention on Hearts. Through their own buy-out bid and a series of mass protests, supporters have taken unprecedented steps to protect the existence of their club. And fans from other vulnerable clubs have cast an anxious eye towards developments at Tynecastle. The wider public have also been touched by the potential demise of a Scottish sporting institution. Every Hearts supporter is asking how, after a proud 130-year history, one of Scotland's major forces in the game has arrived at the football equivalent of the gallows. And every football fan should listen to the answer. There has been a handful of history books about Hearts - the team - but this is the first book about Hearts - the club. Other books have surveyed what has happened to Hearts - this one asks why it has happened. With a comprehensive analysis of past events, the book considers what has led Hearts to the position they find themselves in. Using an investigative approach - including interviews with past and present figures at the club, opponents of the current regime and other leading experts - Watson examines the events that have been directly responsible for taking the club to the brink. Amid public accusations of financial mismanagement and betrayal, he reveals some of the actions and incidents that the media failed to report. Will the pride o' the toun have to leave their spiritual home at Gorgie and move along the road to groundshare with the Scottish national rugby union team at Murrayfield? Or will millionaire Lithuanian businessman Vladimir Romanov's cash injection allow the boys in maroon to stay at Tynecastle?

Hearts: Great Tynecastle Tales
Sportswriters Rob Robertson and Paul Kiddie watched closely as events unfolded at Tynecastle and have been at the centre of what has been the most turbulent period in the club's history. Now, in this sensational new book, they exclusively reveal the fatal mistakes which led to Hearts plunging into a debt of almost 20 million. As well as focusing on the club's current troubles, the authors also remind us of the magnificent memories the Tynecastle ground has provided Hearts fans with over the years. Amongst those sharing their Tynecastle tales and takes on the current traumas are Hearts legends John Robertson, Craig Levein, Jim Jefferies, Gary Mackay, Steve Fulton, Alex Young, Drew Busby and Jim Cruikshank. Joining them are top referee Hugh Dallas, snooker champion Stephen Hendry, politicians and television personalities of a maroon-and-white persuasion - and not forgetting the ordinary fans. In "Hearts: Great Tynecastle Tales", fans and players alike reminisce over past glories and contemplate the future for their club as it enters a new and uncertain phase.

Follow The Hearts
My wife couldn’t understand why I left her, on the day our first child was due to be born, to go to the Scottish Cup Final in 1986. We lived in Aberdeen at the time. Granted, I took her point it was 140 miles from our home to Hampden and she wanted me to be in the Granite City for the birth. And seven days earlier she had been in severe pain whilst I was watching Hearts throw the league championship away at Dens Park. But I pointed out that while she could have more babies (and she did) Hearts might never get to another Scottish Cup Final (they did). I put her resultant wailing and threats of divorce down to the hormones – well, it can affect people in different ways. My own wailing came after a 3-0 defeat for the Jambos at the hands of Aberdeen. Okay, I may not have been the perfect father. Okay, I did miss my youngest daughter’s fourth birthday as a result of being in Madrid to see Hearts being hammered by Atletico. And my older daughter’s twelfth birthday was spent in the thronging streets of Edinburgh watching Hearts parade the Scottish Cup in 1998. Fair points, I concede. But I know there are thousands of other people for whom Follow The Hearts is more than a way of life – it is life. This book is for them.

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