Biographies & Autobiographies

Sports & Adventure

  • GMYD
    Guy Martin
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    Guy Martin's beloved grandfather always used to tell him: 'When you dead, you dead'. Taking this advice as a rule to live by, Guy reveals why he loves riding at such dangerous speeds and living his life at full throttle.

    Within the past year, Guy has raced the Isle of Man TT and finished on the podium, bike trekked through India, and competed in solo 24-hour bicycle races. He's also commissioned the building of the world's largest Wall of Death - and built a bike to ride on it. All of this in addition to working his day job as a truck mechanic.

    With plenty of personal photographs also included, this is an honest memoir from a much-loved daredevil that celebrates making the most of the time he's got.
  • FRGU
    Alex Ferguson
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    The most decorated manager in the history of football, it's fair to say that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows a few things about leadership. In Leading, he reveals the secrets to his success - both on and off the field.

    A truly inspiring read, Sir Alex looks back over his 38 years in management and tells all about the key tools he used to cover everything from tactics to teamwork and hiring to firing. Covering some of the most pivotal leadership decisions he made during his long and successful tenure at Old Trafford, he aims to provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to make it at the top, whatever your career.

    Not only a great read for Man Utd supporters, but also for anyone interested in the psychology of management at the highest level, this is a collaboration with successful businessman Sir Michael Moritz that is full of hints, tips and advice for becoming a champion.
  • MCOY
    A. P. McCoy
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    A.P. McCoy, the most successful jump-jockey of all time tells his amazing life story in this incredible autobiography. Since 1992, McCoy has ridden over 4,300 winners and this book looks at how he has managed to achieve so much.

    Powerfully honest, the book is themed around McCoy's ten most important races - ranging from his first ride to his greatest triumph - and gives you an insight into what it's like to be one of the world's most successful living sportsmen.

    An inspirational true story about what it takes to become a riding phenomenon, McCoy also looks at fatherhood, writing novels and his decision to retire while at the top.
  • MHRF
    Sir Ranulph Fiennes
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    An insight into the mind of the world's greatest living explorer and the individuals that have inspired him to consistently achieve the remarkable, My Heroes: Extraordinary Courage, Exceptional People, is a fascinating hardback from adventurer and author Ranulph Fiennes. Profiling the people that he looks up to and the extraordinary and often horrific events that led to these ordinary individuals earning his eternal respect, My Heroes features people from all walks of life - from explorers to policemen and families to freedom fighters.

  • OUNT
    Steve Backshall
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    A popular adventurer and wildlife presenter with all ages, Steve Backshall has been climbing since his teens and has a genuine love for the mountains.

    This book is peppered with anecdotes of his climbs and is a celebration of the power of natural landscapes and how they can make us feel very small but also very alive. Despite breaking his back while climbing in 2008, Steve was not put off and managed to seek a variety of new challenges.

    He looks back at some of his greatest achievements while climbing including the first ascent of Mount Kuli in the Bornean rainforest, his trek up K2 in Karakorum and describes the terror of a travelling companion's fall into a crevasse while trailing a snow leopard.

    Exciting, inspiring and sure to make you feel on top of the world, this is a stunning autobiography about Steve's incredible achievements.
  • DAFS
    Jonathan Franklin
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    From the bestselling author of 33 Men, the unbelievable true story of the trapped Chilean miners, 438 Days by Jonathan Franklin explores the shocking tale of Salvador Alvarenga, the Mexican fisherman who survived 14 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

    17 November started out as any other day for fisherman Salvador, readying his boat for a two-day fishing trip. The day, however, will change his life forever as when he's out at sea, a vicious storm hits and destroys his engine, with the strong current dragging his boat further and further away from shore.

    As the storm gains strength, Salvador soon finds himself adrift in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Cruise ships and container vessels passed nearby - not one stopped for the stranded fisherman; and Salvador considered suicide on multiple occasions, including offering himself up to a pack of man-eating sharks. But Alvarenga developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote island.

    An incredible story of one ordinary man beating the ultimate odds, 438 Days is a terrifying, shocking and ultimately uplifting story of survival that highlights the power of hope.
  • SBBR
    Stuart Broad
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    In his brand new book Broadside: How We Regained the Ashes, England international cricketer Stuart Broad explains how the England cricket team bounced back from a very disappointing World Cup to rediscover the form and passion that led them to an unexpected Ashes triumph and provides a revealing portrait of the life at the top of international cricket.

    Only a few weeks before, there had been calls for captain Alastair Cook to step down, and for Kevin Pietersen to be recalled to the side, while Broad himself appeared to be struggling to regain his pace after an injury. After a moderate series in the Caribbean, England began to find a new approach against New Zealand, which they carried through to devastating effect to win the Ashes.

    A fiery competitor on the pitch, Broad is extremely eloquent off it and his insights into the game and the key moments that spurred England to Ashes success will delight cricket fans of all ages.
  • ALOW
    Alex Honnold
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    If you fall, you die.

    Alex Honnold is one of the world's most famous and best 'free solo' climbers. Scaling seemingly impossible rock faces without ropes, pitons or support of any kind, one wrong move and his life could be over. This is his story.

    Sure to make you turn white and your palms sweat, you'll be thrilled and terrified as you read about seven of Alex's exploits and achievements. From Yosemite's famous Half Dome to the frighteningly difficult El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico, Alex has climbed them and reveals how he prepared for each task, why he decided to do the climbs and just how good it felt getting to the top.

    A very exciting book about (quite literally) reaching for the heights, this is a must-read for anyone interested in extreme sports and climbing. It provides a personal insight into why Alex does what he does and how he manages to maintain focus even when faced with peril and danger.
  • TUFN
    Phil Tufnell
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    From playing for England at Lord's to being named 'King of the Jungle' on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, Phil Tufnell has had an incredible career. In this memoir, he looks back with trademark 'Tuffers' humour at his life since retiring from cricket in 2003.

    From his weekly ribbing of Sue Barker on A Question of Sport to showing off his ballroom fleckle as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Phil reveals all about the places he's been and the people he has met during his broadcasting career. Told with absolute joy, this is a celebration of all the things he achieved through this very unexpected career change.

    From bizarre requests from TV executives to sheer pride at mastering skills he never thought possible, Phil Tufnell's Where Am I? is a hilarious and heart-warming treasure trove of stories from one of the nation's favourite personalities.
  • Second Innings - My Sporting Life - Hardback - 9781473616578 - Andrew Flintoff
    Andrew Flintoff
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    Fast bowler, king of the jungle and all-round 'cheeky chappy' Andrew Flintoff reveals the secrets of his career in this honest and uplifting biography.

    He discusses the desire that led him to take up professional boxing and his troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his cricket career. Through the highs and lows, he tells why he just wanted to keep himself free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism.

    With a sense of mischief, loyalty and adventure, Andrew also reveals the differences between his extrovert 'Fred' persona and the more reflective 'Andrew' - the man he really is.
  • TYJC
    Edward Pickering
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    The Tour de France is one of the biggest sporting events of the year and cycling expert Edward Pickering's The Yellow Jersey Club is a book that offers a fascinating exploration into the psychology and physiology of the champions.

    To become a member of the Yellow Jersey Club you must prove yourself as dedicated, be willing to make sacrifices and have extraordinary physical attributes - as well as the ability to climb mountains, beat time trials and survive the perils of cycling... In this book, Pickering talks to members of the club including oldest survivor Ferdinand Kubler and Britain's first victor Bradley Wiggins to discover the secrets to their success.

    With sharp analysis and deft style, this insightful book asks what it takes to accumulate such great mental strength, skill and endurance and what sets these winners apart from their Tour de France competitors!
    Cheryl Strayed
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    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.

    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!
  • WARA
    Ricky Hatton
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    Four-time World Champion Ricky Hatton experienced some incredible highs in his career and remains one of the nation's favourite boxers.

    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.
  • WHOM
    Clare Balding
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    As a child, popular broadcaster Clare Balding never stopped. She'd gallop through the countryside and gallop through life... When she embarked on her soon-to-be successful career, one of her first jobs was to present a series of walks with interesting people.

    After walking over 1,500 miles in her lifetime, she's became quite the expert rambler - and now in Walking Home she shares some of her favourite moments from her favourite walks.

    A deeply personal story of paths and people, the book has Clare telling us all about the glories of natural Britain and Ireland - and the (mis)adventures she's enjoyed/endured with her family while walking them!
    Mark Schultz
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    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.

    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.
  • DBEC
    David Beckham
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    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 book 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.
  • HEAT
    Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE
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    After revealing his incredible achievements in the bestselling Cold, Sir Ranulph Fiennes reveals what it's like to live - and survive - in the hottest conditions on the planet in his latest book, Heat.

    Britain's most famous adventurer, Fiennes took on the endurance test of living in extreme heat without water or shelter shortly after becoming the oldest Briton to have finished the Marathon des Sables. Showing his integrity and resolve, the book tells how he managed to live through temperatures that regularly exceeded 40 degrees.

    A red-hot read about the limits of human endurance.
  • 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.
    Levison Wood
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    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...
    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.
    Chris Froome
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    The Climb by Chris Froome - the inspirational memoir from the British winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour de France. A journey unlike any other in the history of cycling, Froome has crossed continents, overcome the death of his mother and conquered debilitating illness to follow his dreams and represent Team GB and Team Sky. He has experienced soaring triumphs, humbling defeats, a public rivalry with Bradley Wiggins and, most recently, the pressures of Lance Armstrong's legacy. Extraordinary, revealing and life-affirming, The Climb is a story of determination, hardship and unimaginable success. Chris Froome was born in Nairobi in 1985 to British parents. He was educated and raised in South Africa and now races for Team GB and Team Sky. In 2011 he finished second overall in the Vuelta a Espana. In 2012 he finished runner-up to Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and won the Bronze medal in the Time Trial at the Olympic Games. Froome amassed five stage-race victories in 2013, with triumphs at the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine leading into a dominant win at the 100th Tour de France. He won the prestigious Velo d'Or award for best rider of 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. In 2014 he won the Tour of Oman, the Tour de Romandie and finished runner-up in the Vuelta a Espana.
    Ronda Rousey
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    This is The Official Ronda Rousey Book - UK Edition. Ronda Rousey is one of the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighters in history. UFC's undefeated bantamweight champion, and an Olympic medallist in judo, her professional fight record is unrivalled: she has defeated most of her opponents in less than a minute; in February 2015 she beat contender Cat Zingano in just fourteen seconds. In My Fight Your Fight Rousey relives the toughest fights of her life. Her journey to the top has been filled with challenges, including a childhood marked by speech problems and the painful loss of her father. As she grew up she repeatedly pushed her mind and body to the limit in the pursuit of victory, enduring gruelling training sessions and brutal competition. Meanwhile in her private life she battled for love and family. She is responsible for the inclusion of women in UFC, and has overcome all who have got in her way. She has now forged a successful Hollywood career as an actor, starring recently in Fast & Furious 7 and Entourage. Through it all, she has always found a way to win. In this unforgettable and inspiring book Rousey shares her hard-won lessons, including how we can all be at our best, even on our worst days, and how we can turn our limitations into opportunities. My Fight Your Fight will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.
    James Bannon
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    'Of course I'm a f**king hooligan, you pr**k. I am a hooligan ...there I've said it...I'm a hooligan. And, do you know why? Because that's my f**king job.' In 1995, a film called I.D., about an ambitious young copper who was sent undercover to track down the 'generals' of a football hooligan gang, achieved cult status for its sheer brutality and unsettling insight into the dark and often bloody side of the so-called beautiful game. The film was so shocking it was hard to believe the mindless events that took place could ever happen in the real world. Well, believe it now...Almost twenty years on, the man behind the film has explosively revealed that the script was largely a true story. That man, James Bannon, was the ambitious undercover cop. The football club was Millwall F.C. and the gang that he infiltrated was The Bushwackers, among the most brutal and fearless in English football. In Running with the Firm, Bannon shares his intense and dangerous journey into the underworld of football hooliganism where sickening levels of violence prevail over anything else. He introduces you to the hardest thugs from football's most notorious gangs, tells all about the secret and almost comical police operations that were meant to bring them down, and, how once you're on the inside, getting out from the mob proves to be the biggest mission of all. A disturbing but compelling read, this is the book that proves fact really is stranger than fiction.
    Christopher McDougall
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    At the heart of "Born to Run" lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long. With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.