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    RGIG

    Ryan Giggs: The Man for All Seasons (Hardback)

    Steve Bartram

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    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.

    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.
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    FERG

    Fergie Rises (Hardback)

    Michael Grant

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    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.

    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.
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    GMMA

    Guy Martin: My Autobiography (Hardback)

    Guy Martin

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    Guy Martin, the UK's top motorcycle racer, star of the Isle of Man TT, mechanic and TV presenter, spends his life surrounded by danger and in My Autobiography, he reveals the secrets that have made him such a speed freak.

    Living on the edge, constantly riding at death-defying speeds, the revealing book takes readers behind the scenes of modern road racing and into the pits with Guy's mechanics, bosses, machines and fellow racers. He also gives a glimpse into his personal life - and how watching his father build superbikes inspired his lifelong passion...

    Guy also talks about his motivations, strengths and weaknesses in candid detail. A fine read for anyone who is intrigued by motorsport, Guy is a world-renowned figure whose passion, determination and hard work have taken him to the top of his sporting field. This book reveals how.
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    MLET

    Mapping Le Tour (Paperback)

    Ellis Bacon

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    Anyone with an interest in cycling will love this book which charts the course of every race route in the sport's most prestigious event - the Tour de France.

    Fully updated to include 2014's route, the book contains maps, photographs, a history of the race and a list of the stages, winners and key statistics from the event.

    There is also information on the race and stage finishes, the course's highest points, the number of starters and finishers, average speed and those who were lucky enough to take the Yellow Jersey. A must for any cycling fan!
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    HDRV
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    Who better to provide ultimate driving advice than The Stig? In How to Drive, Ben Collins, BBC Top Gear's former in-house speed demon and stunt driver for the likes of James Bond and Batman (not a bad CV!), provides drivers with all of the need-to-know information they didn't learn to pass their driving test.

    Honing his skills in just about every class of driving imaginable - from Formula 3 to Le Mans 24 and American stock car racing - this highly entertaining book reveals all on how to make you a better, safer and more economical driver, making day-to-day driving a lot more of an enjoyable experience.

    Packed with illustrations, gobsmacking anecdotes and track-honed advice from controlling a skid to smooth-like-butter gear changes, How to Drive is a funny, witty and wise book for anyone who wants (or needs) to become a better driver.
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    AFMA

    Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography (Hardback)

    Alex Ferguson

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    Eagerly awaited by all of those with an interest in football, Sir Alex Ferguson reveals the secrets of his phenomenal success in his autobiography. Having finally retired after an unprecedented and glorious 27 years in charge of Manchester United, Fergie went out on a high as he picked up his final Premier League title. This book finds Sir Alex looking back over all the big successes, the major-name players he took to Old Trafford and how he made such a lasting impression on the 'Beautiful Game'.

    Covering his relationship with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney, and his fall-outs with Roy Keane and David Beckham, this is a no-holds barred account of an illustrious career, the like of which may never be seen again. An insight into Ferguson's strive for constant success and improvement, the book will appeal to any football fan, not just those of the Red Devils!
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    ASEV

    The Ascent of Everest (Hardback)

    John Hunt

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    On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay stepped on to the summit of Mount Everest and captivated the world with this phenomenal achievement. Marking the 60th anniversary of their conquest, The Ascent of Everest tells the story of how these two brave men managed to reach the top of the world's highest mountain and come back unscathed. It also describes the tenacious endeavour of all those who tried to conquer Everest before them.
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    SPLE
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    This audio CD collection gives sports fans the chance to hear five sporting legends talk about their lives and careers in their own words. The nostalgic BBC collection has captured some of the greatest moments in sports broadcasting history.

    There is a rare archive interview with Man Utd legend George Best, an extraordinarily frank interview with boxer Muhammad Ali, unique and entertaining conversations with the late, great football manager Brian Clough and tennis superstar Fred Perry, as well as an enlightening collection of memories from former racing driver Sir Stirling Moss. The perfect present for anyone passionate about sport.
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    GAZZ

    Glorious (Hardback)

    Paul Gascoigne

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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.

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    WIGO

    Allez Wiggo! (Hardback)

    Daniel Friebe

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    Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to bring home the yellow jersey and win the Tour de France in 2012. Team Sky's victory was the start of what was to become a record-breaking summer for the popular mod - just 11 days later, he won Olympic Gold in the time trial event! In Allez Wiggo! How Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France and Olympic Gold in 2012, Daniel Friebe offers a photographic celebration of an extraordinary few weeks for the cyclist. With photos from leading cycling photographers, this book perfectly captures the drama of Wiggins' 2012 and offers an exciting insight into his road to victory.
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    MLUS

    Strictly Me (Hardback)

    Mark Ramprakash

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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.

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    GBES

    George Best (Hardback)

    Ivan Ponting

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    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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    AGEXA

    Racing Hard (Paperback)

    William Fotheringham

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    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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    AHCUT

    Red or Dead (Hardback)

    David Peace

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    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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    AAGNA

    Damned Utd (Paperback)

    David Peace

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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'.