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    The Second Half (Hardback)

    Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle

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    One of the most controversial - and compelling - figures in modern football, former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane reveals his life story in his autobiography The Second Half.

    Written in partnership with the Man Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, the explosive book lifts the lids on Keano's time at Man Utd and with Ireland - and doesn't hold back when it comes to the fall-outs and arguments that blighted the aggressive midfielder's career!

    Among the greatest footballers of modern times, current Aston Villa assistant manager Keane played under the likes of Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson - and here he reveals his response to the accusations that appeared in Ferguson's autobiography. He also looks back at his fall-out with Ireland boss Mick McCarthy at the 2002 World Cup and his turbulent managerial career at Sunderland and Ipswich.

    From the bizarre reason he didn't sign Robbie Savage to his views on ABBA being the pre-match music and his stint as a pundit for ITV, this is a searingly honest book that will keep any football fan shocked, intrigued and entertained.
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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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    Proud (Hardback)

    Gareth Thomas

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    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...

    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.
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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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    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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    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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    AAGNA

    The 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'.