Cinderella Man by Marc Cerasini Harper Entertainment, $55 For cinematisations, it's usually best to read the book then see the movie. In the case of Cinderella Man, it's the reverse: watch Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger in Ron Howard's boxing film before reading Marc Cerasini's novelisation based on the screenplay - even if it means knowing how the story ends. Doing it that way will leave you wanting more details about the life of boxing great James Braddock, instead of being disappointed that the movie falls short of the book. An adept ghostwriter, Cerasini has taken the film's dramatisation and facts - some adapted from Braddock's authorised biography - and deftly added interesting period detail. Braddock's story will make you understand why it's a natural Crowe vehicle: a light-heavyweight boxer is forced out of the ring after losing one too many fights. He then scrabbles for scraps as the Depression hits the US, barely able to support his wife and three children. Then, embodying the dreams of all society's underdogs, he stages a comeback. The book may not appeal from a literary standpoint, but Cerasini knows all the moves.