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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. 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.
Following a glorious career that took in spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as captaining England for 58 of his record-breaking (for an outfield player) 115 caps, this is David Beckham's story in his own words. Beautifully illustrated with 150 of his favourite images throughout, the autobiography covers everything from his emergence as one of 'Fergie's Fledglings' that won the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1996 to the dark days of his World Cup red card in 1998 and then how he changed the public perception of him by captaining the national team's qualification to many major tournaments. Becks also discusses his role in the Treble-winning United team of 1999 and his achievements in Spain, how he helped change the Americans' love of soccer and his stints in Italy and France.
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. Andy Murray: 77 takes us on Andy's journey through his career so far, focusing on the last two dramatic years which include a devastating Wimbledon loss and a victorious Olympic gold. Sharing his thoughts on the most pivotal moments and allowing us a glimpse into his strict training regime, we meet his close-knit team and read of his mental and physical battle to the top. A stunning celebration of his career to date, this beautiful and very personal book will make a great gift for sports fans and tennis enthusiasts.
On 4 August 2012, Jessica Ennis kicked off possibly the greatest night in British sporting history when she won the heptathlon gold medal during an incredible night at the Olympic Stadium. After being hailed as Team GB's poster girl for the Games, the pride, excitement and relief on her face was clear for all to see. Unbelievable is her refreshingly candid account of how she managed to achieve her childhood dream of becoming the world's greatest all-round female athlete. With a girl-next-door reputation, Jessica reveals how behind all the smiles and politeness, her career has been a roller-coaster ride. From thinking her career might be over when she was injured just before the Beijing Olympics to rebuilding her career and technique to reign victorious at London 2012, this is an inspiring tale of following your dreams, no matter what life throws at you.
Sporting Legends Audio Collection - 5 CDs (collection)
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.
A footballing genius, Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League is the Manchester United striker's incredible story, told in his own words. In the book, he looks back over the last ten years he has spent playing at the highest level in English football - from making his debut as a 16-year-old for Everton through to his move to Old Trafford and the emotional highs and lows that have followed since. Rooney gives a real insight into what it must feel like to be one of the most famous footballers on the planet as he lifts the lid on each of his Premier League seasons. The book also features a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson.
The story of one of the most revered footballers of the modern era, My Story is the autobiography of Paul Scholes ? a legend for both Manchester United and England. Famously quiet and reserved when away from the football pitch, the former midfielder has waited until his retirement to reflect on his glorious career and reveal the story behind his success. Including two World Cups, two European Championships and a whole host of domestic honours with Manchester United ? both personally and as part of one of the greatest club sides of recent times ? there is much to be said for Scholes? remarkable achievements and it can all be read in the excellent My Story.
An insight into the thinking and history of a one-club man and true football legend, Ryan Giggs: My Life, My Story charts the record-breaking career of the Manchester United and Wales great. This hardback recalls the numerous highlights of a golden spell in football that saw the skilful left-footed midfielder win the treble in 1999 and pick up the PFA Player of the Year Award at the age of 35. Fully illustrated and packed with memories of his time with the national team, as well as contributions from other football greats who have played with or against the brilliant Giggs, this is a great gift for any football fan.