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  • 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!
  • FOAB
    Max Mosley
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    Former driver, team owner and even an ex-president of the FIA, Max Mosley has seen it all when it comes to Formula One. And in this memoir, he reveals everything...

    Mosley has almost 50 years' experience in the sport. In partnership with Bernie Ecclestone, he has helped transform F1 into a multi-billiion-making global brand and this book sees him offer an insight into the most influential figures and biggest stars of the sport.

    He also takes a look back at his upbringing as the son of Oswald and Diana Mosley (who were interned during the war) and the struggles he had to overcome to deal with the taint of the family name. There is also a revealing account of how his road safety campaigns have saved thousands of lives and even a look at the famous court case against the Murdoch press regarding his personal life and his donation to the Labour party...

    Gossip, business tips and unbelievable stories from the world of Formula One and beyond - a must-read for any motor racing fan!
  • Wisden Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472911667
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    • Just £1.66 per book
    Shining a light on the quirkier side of Britain's favourite summer sport, especially when the Ashes are being fought for, this three-book collection will delight any fan of cricket with its tales from around the world.

    A great complement to the annual Wisden Cricketers' Almanack - a bestseller year after year with the Book People - the three books celebrate the game in light-hearted fashion. Elk Stopped Play is an original and eccentric examination of the sport's worldwide appeal, focusing on the cricket's most extraordinary matches, greatest performances and strangest incidents.

    'What are the Butchers For?' provides cricket fans with a selection of famous quotes - from the poignant and timeless to those from people who just don't understand... W. G. Grace Ate My Pedalo is a funny book that looks through contemporary cricket events through a Victorian lens.

  • VREC 11 years +
    11 years +
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    Including detailed entries on every English Football League and Scottish Premier League club, from last year's Premier League champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool to those in the lower leagues of English football, The Vision Book of Football Records 2015 is essential reading for all fans (young or old!) of the Beautiful Game.

    No matter who you support, the book is crammed with records, facts, stats and amazing footballing feats that are sure to impress, entertain and shock - including some quite bizarre info like the 'keeper who really did eat all the pies, the real-life Championship Manager, the match where all 22 players were sent off and much, much more...

    The perfect gift for footie fans everywhere this Christmas, from Ross County to Southampton, The Vision Book of Football Records 2015 has it all - from former legends to current superstars both at home and across the world!
  • UMBE
    Chris Anderson
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    Everything you know about football is wrong, or so say social scientist and football analytics pioneer Chris Anderson and strategy analyst David Sally.

    In The Numbers Game, the duo talk about how maybe instead of 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win, football teams should be focusing on 2.66, 53.4, 50/50 and 0>1 - the numbers that really make a difference.

    Revealing how every shred of knowledge we can gather helps us love football and understand it even more, the book reveals why stopping a goal is more valuable than scoring and improving your worst player is better than buying a superstar.

    Sure to appeal to fans of Freakonomics and Moneyball, after reading this book, you'll never play or watch a game of football in the same way again!
  • AGGE
    Jonathan Agnew
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    Encapsulating all the highs and lows of a historic cricket tour, Aggers' Ashes is Test Match Special pundit Jonathan Agnew's unique, witty and insightful diary of England's triumphant 2010-2011 Ashes victory in Australia.

    Including contributions from the best BBC cricket bloggers and the resident TMS statistician, this is the definitive guide to a sporting victory that will remain in the memory of English cricket fans for many years to come.

    Written in the friendly, entertaining and astute manner that TMS fans have come to expect from Aggers and his BBC colleagues, this hardback charts all the drama of a first Ashes victory in Australia for 24 years.
  • WISA
    Lawrence Booth
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    Published every year since 1864, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack is the most famous sports book in the world - and the Book People are pleased to be able to bring to our customers the 151st annual edition of this perennial bestseller.

    Containing coverage of every first-class game in every cricket nation, and reports and scorecards for all Tests and ODIs - including the Editor's Notes and the best sports writing of the year - the book is a comprehensive record of 2014's cricketing highs and lows.

    Without a doubt the best and most important cricket book of the year, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2014 is a must-have book for every fan of this wonderful summer sport.
  • RORD
    David Peace
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    From David Peace, the author of the Damned United, comes Red or Dead - the story of Liverpool's legendary and hugely successful manager Bill Shankly. When Shankly took over the Reds in 1959 they were struggling in the Second Division, 15 seasons later and the club were the most consistently successful team in England winning numerous trophies. They also had the most passionate fanbase and Shankly was revered as a god in Merseyside. In 1974, the manager and his players stood on the verge of even greater success both at home and in Europe, but then Shankly shocked the football world by retiring from the game he loved so much. Red or Dead tells the story of Bill Shankly and how he transformed Liverpool Football Club. It also tells the story of his life after Anfield.
  • 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.
  • SCBB
    Martin Roach
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    Peel back the bodywork and head underneath the bonnet of some of the finest cars known to man in the Supercar Book for Boys!

    Sure to appeal to petrolheads of any age, this book includes an introductory chapter from Formula 1 legend David Coulthard and goes on to cover some of the most iconic vehicles of all time. Starting with the 1954 Mercedes Gullwing and racing through each decade since, the book pays particular attention to 10 of the game-changing cars that have defined the genre including those manufactured by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Pagani, McLaren and Porsche.

    As well as the sheer beauty of these vehicles, the book also looks at their mechanics and ever-changing aesthetics, as well as how supercar technology has affected everyday cars. A great book that will tell you all you ever wanted to know about the best supercars of all time.
  • OMUB
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    Any Red Devils fan will be excited to delve into The Official Manchester United Book of Facts and Figures. With insights into the famous football club's history, the book reveals who scored United's first ever Premier League hat-trick and who the most surprising people are to have worn the iconic red jersey. There are also plenty of statistics to keep Man Utd supporters happy as well as unlikely trivia and 200 lists that will recall memories of many of the team's glorious triumphs over the years.
  • TCSH
    Bob Bond
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    Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most famous football clubs in the world and this book looks back at the glorious history of the team. From their trophies in the 60s, 70s and 80s through to the modern-day superstars whose names are now sung every week at White Hart Lane, this is a great gift book for all ages that takes a look at Spurs' history in an accessible, authoritative and entertaining way. Spurs fans are also sure to delight in the comic book format of the book, which evokes strong memories of the great British football comics and was hand-drawn by Roy of the Rovers illustrator Bob Bond. Tottenham legends including Gary Lineker, David Ginola and Ricky Villa are all featured too, bringing back great memories for Spurs supporters of all ages.
  • PBAR
    Kevin Whitcher
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    Revised and updated edition of the bestselling Pocket Book of Arsenal, featuring a brand new cover design and a wealth of new features.

    Packed with original pictures, hand-drawn illustrations and genuine Arsenal memorabilia, this beautifully packaged book is bursting with the colourful history of London's biggest club.
  • 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.
  • GGSC
    David Potter
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    The Scottish football team has represented the proud nation across the globe ever since its inception in 1872. In Scotland's Greatest Games, acclaimed football historian David Potter takes a look back over 50 of the most exhilarating matches the country has played in.

    Always backed by the passionate support of the Tartan Army, this book looks over glorious victories over old foes England and some of Europe's elite nations including Germany, Holland and Italy. Potter also remembers when Scottish fans invaded Wembley and left with the crossbar!

    Every match is evaluated in detail and the stunning photographs plot the progress of this much-loved team through 125 years of competition.
  • 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.
  • DIVE
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    Covering the Caribbean Sea, Bermuda, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific regions, The World's Best Tropical Dive Destinations is a magnificent and comprehensive book that explores and explains the world's finest diving spots.

    With stunning underwater photography boasting a huge variety of wrecks, marine habitats and aquatic species, the book details the type of dive would-be visitors would experience as well as the magnificent sights that will be witnessed - featuring detailed regional maps and travel advice.

    From Eastern and Western Australia to the Bahamas, Mozambique, the Seychelles, St. Lucia, Tobago and beyond, The World's Best Tropical Dive Destinations is not only a stunning guide to some of the most beautiful underwater locations on Earth, but would also be a useful title for those looking to book a diving holiday.
  • KTAY
    Katie Taylor
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    When Katie Taylor was chosen to bear the Irish flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, the pressure was on for her to deliver gold when she stepped into the boxing ring. It was the first time that the Olympics had included women's boxing as one of its events, and Taylor knew she had to deliver.

    In her new book, My Olympic Dream, Taylor reveals how she trained and prepared for the Olympics, explains what got her into boxing in the first place and details the day she fulfilled her Olympic dream ? winning gold in a close-fought contest.

    A special story from a truly remarkable woman and athlete, the book relives the glorious moment she took home gold and looks back on the triumph that changed her life forever.
  • 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.
  • WISD
    Scyld Berry
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    A must-have for every cricket fan, this is the 146th edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

    Looking back at 2008, the year the Twenty20 revolution threatened the established order, the boo also has details on how England managed to lose three captains and a coach within six months.

    An incredible book that makes sense of the crazy world of cricket.
  • CBOX
    Duncan Petersen
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    Whether you prefer a fun afternoon out on your bike or a more challenging expedition, Cyclist's Britain In A Box contains a fun, local cycle route for you.

    With each route presented on an individual card, complete with a description and illustration, this box is perfect for exploring Britain's loveliest towns and cities by bike.

    For those wishing to get back in the saddle for summer or to reawaken the spirit of holiday excitement, grab a card and head out on your adventure!
  • GCCL
    Simon Warren
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    After the success of Team Sky and famous sportsmen like Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy and Mark Cavendish, cycling has never been more popular, especially on the roads. 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Britain's Hills comes in a handy size and covers some of the greatest bike climbs in Britain, covering everything from lung-busting city-centre cobbles to windswept mountain passes, many of which contain up to ten energy-sapping hills. The book has a locator map, fact file and colour photograph for each hill too, so you will always be prepared for the challenge that awaits.
  • SLEG
    Robert Philip
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    Denis Law, 'Slim' Jim Baxter and Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone were all Scotland internationals who easily could have fitted into more lauded teams, while Jock Stein, Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson were all hugely successful managers. But it's not just football where proud Scots have reigned supreme, Jim Clark and Sir Jackie Stewart were successes on the Formula 1 circuit and sprinters Allan Wells and Eric Liddell made their mark at the Olympics. Of course, a nation known as 'the home of golf' has had its fair share of legendary golfers too. Written by experienced sports journalist Robert Phillip, this book profiles some of the most celebrated Scottish sports stars of the past and present.
  • BBSF
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    One of the creators of Never Mind The Buzzcocks and They Think It's All Over, Simon Bullivant's The Bumper Book of Slightly Forgotten but Nevertheless Still Great British Olympians and Other Sporting Heroes is a fascinating and hilarious sporting collection of tales and legends of pluck, grit, triumph, disaster and ineptitude.

    Praised by Nick Hancock, the book features a cast of former sportspeople and fables that have been largely forgotten by history.

    From Dressage's first punk Tom Drake, who shocked the sport with his slashed jacket and swear words on his hat, to the javelin thrower who fell under the spell of a cult devoted to the eating of egg and chips, this book contains sports stories that have to be read to be believed!