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  • MRKW
    Mark Webber
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    Formula 1 fans will be captivated by this autobiography from one of the sport's most compelling figures of recent times, Mark Webber.

    Famed for his no-nonsense style and told with refreshing honesty, the book traces Mark's career from an early love of carting through to his F1 debut in 2002 and then onto his numerous race victories and beyond.

    Mark's relationship and rivalry with teammate Sebastian Vettel quickly became one of the great sporting rivalries and here Mark gives the inside story. The Australian even talks openly about the 2010 World Championship decider, where the two went head-to-head.

    A sports biography that deserves to be in pole position, this book contains a foreword from Sir Jackie Stewart and shows just how determined Mark Webber was to race to the top.
  • 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.
  • AMUR
    Andy Murray
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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.

    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.
  • AFMA
    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!
  • AHTOJ
    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!
  • AMAN
    Harry Redknapp
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    A real character with a passion for the game that knows no bounds, Harry Redknapp is one of football's most-loved managers and this autobiography, Always Managing, reveals his life story. Harry has always had a good sense of humour and this shines through the pages as he talks about his life and how he went from kicking a ball as a child on the streets of Poplar through to watching games at Highbury and Upton Park, and then on to managing the likes of Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth (twice), Southampton, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers. Looking back on a 50-year association with the sport, Harry remembers his triumphs like winning the FA Cup with Pompey and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League with Spurs, as well as discussing the pains of his court case and missing out on the England job. A must-read for any football fan.
  • RKSH
    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.
  • 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!
  • RGIG
    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.
  • ALULK
    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.
  • ROON
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    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 - all the way from making his debut as a 16-year-old for Everton at Goodison Park, with a stunning goal that ended Arsenal's phenomenal unbeaten run, right through to his move to Old Trafford (where he scored a hat trick on his debut!) and the various 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 and the trophies, successes, accolades and disappointments each have brought. The book also features a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • GBES
    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.
  • FERG
    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.
  • PROU
    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.
  • KPTA
    Kevin Pietersen
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    The most talked-about autobiography of the year, KP: The Autobiography tells the fascinating life story of England's highest run scorer of all time Kevin Pietersen - in his own words.

    From his childhood life in South Africa to his experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket, Kevin Pietersen, MBE tells the stories of the highs and lows of his incredible cricketing career: becoming "the most complete batsman in cricket," being dropped from the England squad in February of this year - a decision that puzzled many observers - and much, much more...

    Earnest, honest and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, Kevin Pietersen's autobiography gives readers the full story of KP's incredible life both on and off the crease - a must-have book for all cricket fans!
  • 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.
  • ALZBL
    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...
  • 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.
  • COLD
    Ranulph, Sir, Fiennes
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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.
  • PMON
    Phil Redmond
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    Mid-term Report is a candid, insightful and humorous memoir from Phil Redmond, the creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks. In the autobiography, he describes how his modest upbringing in Merseyside lead him to create three of Britain's most popular ever television dramas. All three shows were groundbreaking and managed to entertain audiences of millions, as well as introducing unforgettable characters such as Tucker Jenkins, Jimmy Corkhill and Tony Hutchinson. An inspirational read, Redmond reveals all about his influences, his life growing up and how his innovative and pioneering approach to television drama has won him numerous awards and accolades, as well as a few complaints!
  • 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.

  • MLUS
    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.

  • MDAR
    Rio Ferdinand
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    A celebration of Rio Ferdinand's decade at the heart of Manchester United's defence, My Decade as a Red is a visual guide to all his seminal moments both on and off the pitch during this time. Having performed consistently for Man Utd and England during this time, the book features photographs of his biggest successes as well as some from Rio's personal collection. A great gift for any Red Devils fan, the book also features Rio's personal anecdotes alongside a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson.