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On 7 July 2013, Andy Murray became the first British male in 77 years to lift the Wimbledon trophy. Watched by 17.3 million people, the nation cheered as Murray triumphed.
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Andy Murray: Seventy-seven takes you along on Andy's journey through his career that culminated in this incredible victory, focusing on the two dramatic years which also included a devastating loss at Wimbledon and a victorious Olympic gold.
Sharing his thoughts on the most pivotal moments of his career and allowing you a glimpse into his strict training regime, you'll meet Andy's close-knit team and read all about his mental and physical battle to the top.
A stunning celebration of an extraordinary tennis career, this beautiful and very personal book will make a great gift for sports fans and tennis enthusiasts.
Now an Oscar-nominated film starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Dallas Buyers' Club's Jean-Marc Vallee, Wild is the extraordinary true story of Cheryl Strayed - a 26-year-old who decided to escape her crumbling life by walking the 1100 miles of the west coast of America.
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After losing everything, Cheryl decided to do something impulsive to help aid her worries and grief - and this long-distance walk took her from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon and eventually into Washington. Despite having no experience of hiking, she was determined to do it alone - following a line on a map!
Wild gives readers an insight into the mental and physical agonies this journey of self-discovery gave Cheryl, while also showing how it helped heal her worries and find redemption. Simply, quite an incredible human story!
War and Peace (Hardback)
Four-time World Champion Ricky Hatton experienced some incredible highs in his career and remains one of the nation's favourite boxers.
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Beating IBF Light Welterweight champion Kostya Tsyzu remains one of the greatest wins ever by a British boxer, but heavy defeats to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao sent Ricky spiralling into a world of drinks, drugs and depression.
However, he has still remained the same charismatic, funny and eloquent man from Manchester- the same man that boxing fans have so much love for that when he dropped to his knees in his first comeback fight for almost three years in November 2012, 20,000 fans began to sing his name in an outpouring of passionate support.
War and Peace: My Story is Ricky's deeply personal account of a lifetime of wars both in and out of the ring.
Ryan Giggs: The Man for All Seasons (Hardback)
A multi Premier League-, Champions League-, League Cup-, FA Cup- and Community Shield-winning player, Ryan Giggs is the most decorated footballer in British football history and this new book details it all - from his debut against Everton as a teenager in 1991, to becoming Manchester United manager and then assistant to Louis van Gaal.
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Fully illustrated throughout, the book chronicles Giggs' astonishing career at the top of European football and provides an unparalleled insight into what set him - part of United's famous Class of '92 - apart from the rest: how he broke through into the Manchester United first team, the impact he had on the team throughout his astonishing 19-year playing career and how the legendary number 11 became the Red Devils' record holder for most appearances.
With insight provided by the people who know this record-breaking midfielder better than anyone, including coaches, opponents, team-mates, club staff and friends, Ryan Giggs: The Man for All Seasons is a comprehensive and compelling overview of this Manchester United star's illustrious career at the top.
A harrowing true story that was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher is a devastating and intriguing read that will appeal to those who have read We Need to Talk About Kevin and watched Argo and Captain Phillips.
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Billionaire John du Pont recruits Olympic gold medalist Mark Schulz to help him train the USA's next generation of world-class wrestlers... When du Pont also recruits Mark's older brother Dave to assist with the training, the aristocrat begins to become ever more paranoid, manipulative and controlling. Nothing is quite what it seems - and the Schultz brothers are trapped.
In this book, Mark Schultz looks back at the events that lead to a tragic and harrowing climax on the Foxcatcher estate in January 1996. It's a powerful memoir that looks at the destructive and unstable nature of humanity.
Fergie Rises (Hardback)
Heralded as one of, if not the, greatest managers in European football history, when Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 Premier League Season he laid to rest 35 years at the very top of the English game where he became the most-successful British manager ever. But before the glitz and glamour of his high-flying role at Old Trafford, the former Manchester United manager plied his trade in the SPL, the Scottish premier League.
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Having recently been relieved of his duties as boss of St. Mirren, Ferguson, a hot-headed young manager with a troublesome reputation, had a lot to prove going into his new role as manager of Aberdeen Football Club. And this is where the story of Fergie Rises begins...
Revolutionising the club, his management style and fighting the Old Firm stranglehold that the two teams had on Scottish football, Fergie Rises lays bare the full story of the little-known football manager who would go on to become a Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and World Club Championship winning manager.
Taking views from the players inside the legendary Aberdeen dressing room, including Willie Miller, Jim Leighton and Gordon Strachan, Michael Grant examines the rivalries, setbacks, triumphs and personal tragedies that shaped a British sporting genius.
A highly respected sporting icon, Gareth Thomas was captain of both the Wales and British Lions rugby teams. But despite all this talent and respect, there was one thing rugby couldn't give him - the freedom to be himself...
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While coming to terms with his sexuality - a secret that could devastate not only his career, but also his life and those of his wife, family, friends and teammates - Gareth threw himself into the sport he loved. It was the only place where he could find any refuge from the pain and guilt of the lie he was living off the pitch. But the successes couldn't hide the stress and strain of his torment - he believed revealing his secret could spell the end of everything...
As the world's most prominent sportsman to come out as a gay man, this startling and inspiring autobiography finds Gareth opening up and describing what it feels like to be an outsider in your own skin - and how he came to terms with who he really was. It's a story that transcends sport.
Walking the Nile (Hardback)
Now a major Channel 4 series. His journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He will cross seven, very different countries. No one has ever made this journey on foot. In this detailed, thoughtful, inspiring and dramatic book, recounting Levison Wood's walk along the length of the Nile, he will uncover the history of the Nile, yet through the people he meets and who will help him with his journey, he will come face to face with the great story of a modern Africa emerging out of the past. Exploration and Africa are two of his great passions - they drive him on and motivate his inquisitiveness and resolution not to fail, yet the challenges of the terrain, the climate, the animals, the people and his own psychological resolution will throw at him are immense. The dangers are very real, but so is the motivation for this ex-army officer. If he can overcome the mental and physical challenges, he will be walking into history...
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Told in his own unique and endearing voice, Glorious - My World, Football and Me is Paul Gascoigne's entertaining illustrated autobiography. You don't have to follow football to know the name 'Gazza', and this colourful hardback is sure to jog a few memories as it looks back over the highs and lows of the former England international's varied and remarkable career. Offering an excellent insight into the mind of a truly great footballer whose talents and lifestyle attracted their fair share of back and front page column inches, this exclusive book is a great gift for any football fan.
Ranulph, Sir, Fiennes
Hailed as 'the world's greatest living explorer' by the Guinness Book of Records, Sir Ranulph Fiennes draws on his expert knowledge and own life experiences to examine the extremes and dangers of cold in our environment.
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Tracing his adventuring apprenticeship 40 years ago on the Greenland Ice Cap to his masterminding over the past five years of the crossing of the Antarctic in winter; where temperatures plummeted to -92oC, Fiennes follows the cold through history, including the deaths of the mighty armies of Hitler and Napoleon, and through the past 150 years where the natural challenge of cold has hindered adventurers and explorers around the globe.
Scientifically rigorous, historically questioning and intensely personal, Fiennes also focuses on modern-day situations regarding the mass melting of ice caps from the Arctic to the Antarctic. A unique examination of cold in all its glory and peril which provides an intriguing and eye-opening read.
Strictly Me (Hardback)
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Arguably the greatest English batsman of his generation, Mark Ramprakash is among an elite group of players who have scored 100 First Class centuries, yet his international career fluctuated between ecstatic highs and intense lows. Humorous and honest, In Strictly Me, Ramprakash covers his cricket career - from the cricketing prodigy who made his Test debut at the age of 21, to finally being cast aside by his country - and his newfound celebrity status. An entertaining first-hand account Ramprakash's remarkable journey from cricket star to prime-time TV dancing champion.
George Best (Hardback)
After numerous collaborations with Manchester United legends including Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Bill Foulkes, Ivan Ponting turns his attention to George Best, a player blessed with a unique gift for the game. Plucked from the mean streets of Belfast by a scout, Best astonished everyone at Old Trafford by bursting into the Man Utd first team at the age of just 17. He was one of the Red Devils' key players as they won numerous trophies throughout the 60s. This hardback book is packed with rare photographs and personal insight from the men who knew him best, including his teammates Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, giving the reader an opportunity to discover first-hand just how an exceptional footballer he was.
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Racing Hard (Paperback)
Few British schoolchildren of the seventies can have been as obsessed with the Tour de France as William Fotheringham, who smuggled copies of Miroir du Cyclisme into lessons to read inside his books. He saw the Tour for the first time in 1984, avidly following that year's race on television in the Normandy village where he lived. Since joining the Guardian in 1989, William Fotheringham has been at the forefront of British cycling journalism. Here he reflects on the events of the last twenty-three years - the triumphs, the tragedies and the scandals that have engulfed the world's most demanding sport. Key articles from his career are annotated with notes and reflections. What would he have said if he'd known then what we all know now about Lance Armstrong? Which cyclists and teams were not all they seemed? And which victories still rank as the greatest of all time? This is the definitive collection of cycling reporting.
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Red or Dead (Hardback)
In 1959, Liverpool Football Club were in the Second Division. Liverpool Football Club had never won the FA Cup. Fifteen seasons later, Liverpool Football Club had won three League titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Liverpool Football Club had become the most consistently successful team in England. And the most passionately supported club. Their manager was revered as a god. Destined for immortality. Their manager was Bill Shankly. His job was his life. His life was football. His football a form of socialism. Bill Shankly inspired people. Bill Shankly transformed people. The players and the supporters. His legacy would reveberate through the ages. In 1974, Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly stood on the verge of even greater success. In England and in Europe. But in 1974, Bill Shankly shocked Liverpool and football. Bill Shankly resigned. Bill Shankly retired. Red or Dead is the story of the rise of Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly. And the story of the retirement of Bill Shankly. Of one man and his work. And of the man after that work. A man in two halves. Home and away. Red or dead.
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The Damned Utd (Paperback)
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During the 1970s, Brian Clough was one of football's biggest personalities and most successful managers. In 1974, he took over at Leeds United, a club that was home to a generation of fiercely competitive but ageing players such as Billy Bremner. His time as manager would either make or break the club - or him. Author David Peace claims this novel is "fiction based on fact", and describes Clough's 44 tumultuous days in charge at Elland Road in extraordinarily inventive detail. The Damned Utd was released to tremendous critical acclaim and is often lauded as one of the best football novels of all time. In 2009, it was adapted into a film starring Michael Sheen as 'Old Big Head'.