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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2014 (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Ryan Giggs: The Man for All Seasons (Hardback)
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.
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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.
The World's Best Tropical Dive Destinations (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Fergie Rises (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Cycle Rides in Shropshire (Paperback)
With 20 rides throughout Shropshire to choose from, this book will delight any cyclist - whether they want to go on a gentle family trip or head out on something more energetic...
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Compiled by local cyclist Dave Hancock, all the journeys in Cycles in Shropshire have been graded so that riders know exactly what to expect. There are also easy-to-follow directions and a table that includes the mileages between key points and details of signs, turnings and junctions to watch out for.
Among the rides cyclists will be able to enjoy are journeys around the miniature Lakeland of meres and mosses around Ellesmere; the hillforts from the Iron Gate and Whittington - yes, the one associated with Dick Whittington and the castle! This truly is a must-have guide for any cyclist based in Shropshire.
Cyclist's Britain in a Box (Other)
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.
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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!
Best 100-Mile Bike Routes (Hardback)
Considered by most the benchmark of success and prowess at cycling, 100 miles on two wheels is a timeless challenge. With the book, Best 100-Mile Bike Routes, readers are treated to unique and detailed information on the best routes the UK has to offer.
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Tried and tested by journalist and author Chris Sidwells, each 100-mile cycling route has been carefully put together and are inspired by the geography, people, events or classic sportive routes of the area. And with clear mapping, directions, statistics, points of interest, elevation levels and more, you'll have everything you need to enjoy your route - be it in the north of Scotland or on the south coast.
Perfect for cyclists of all abilities, and providing details on training and equipment requirements, 100-Mile Bike Routes can make this benchmark milestone achievable for almost anyone.
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs (Hardback)
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.
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Scottish Sporting Legends (Paperback)
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.
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How to Enjoy the World Cup (Paperback)
The date 12 June 2014 was ingrained in the mind of every football fan this year as the World Cup, held in Brazil for the first time since 1950, kicked off.
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The world's top players battled it out for the ultimate prize and this book, written by comedy writer Chris England, will become an invaluable - and hilarious - keepsake of the feast of football that was on offer. From analysis of all 32 teams competing to a full tournament schedule and advice on how to recreate some of the classic football tricks, the book also offer little-known facts about 2014's host nation.
The fun-filled book also has many football quizzes, recipe suggestions for the big game and advice on how to compile the perfect playlist.
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Football 2014 Stickers (Paperback)6 years +
Football fever gripped the nation during the World Cup in Brazil - and what better way to relive the occasion than with an awesome sticker activity book?
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Covering the top nations that took part in the huge tournament, the book is packed with striking stats, footie facts and awesome activities to keep any football fan, aged 6 or over, entertained.
With big-name players featured, this independently published book will keep children entertained as they work their way through the fun activities and stick the 2014 stickers throughout the bright pages.
Wisden Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
Shining a light on the quirkier side of Britain's favourite summer sport, this three-book set will delight any fan of cricket with its tales from around the world.
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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.
The Story of the World Cup (Hardback)
With the dazzling displays, glorious goals and controversies of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil fresh in the memory, Richard Brassey - author and illustrator of The Story of the Olympics - presents The Story of the World Cup up until this summer's tournament.
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Containing fascinating insight into the world's most-popular sporting event, including an insight into the very first tournament in Uruguay way back in 1930, to the historic (yet to be repeated) win by captain Bobby Moore and his England teammates in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley, this book hits the back of the net.
With its wealth of knowledge, red cards, penalty shoot-outs and goals, goals, goals, The Story of the World Cup will enthrall football fans of all ages with its colourful illustrations and fun facts that anyone who loved the Coupe du Monde can use to impress family and friends.
The Boxing Album (Paperback)
This is the complete story of boxing from the pugilists of the classical amphitheatres to the heroes of today. This is the ultimate companion for any serious fight-fan. The Champions includes illustrated biographies of Corbett, Sullivan, 'Kid' Lewis, Dempsey, Tunney, Freddie Mills, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Henry Cooper, Muhammad Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Holmes, Bruno, McGuigan, Hagler, 'Sugar' Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson and many others. The Great Fights covers over eighty epic encounters in detail, each famous for its savagery, artistry, controversy, spectacle or prize-money. The World of Boxing offers a behind-the-scenes look at the managers, the promoters, the trophies and the venues, and a pictorial guide to the books, magazines, cards and collector's items that document boxing's past and present. Boxing, combining brute force and raw courage with classic skill and artistry, appeals to a broader range of emotions and senses than any other form of human sport. The first section, The Champions, offers biographies and visual portraits of the legendary names in boxing, including the greats of the modern era. The second section, The Great Fights, highlights those contests and moments that form the core of boxing lore. Eighty encounters are covered in detail. The final section, The World of Boxing, offers a behind-the-scenes insight into the managers, promoters, trophies, venues, magazines, books, paintings and collector's items.
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The Bumper Book of Slightly Forgotten But Nevertheless Still Great British Olympians and Other Sporting Heroes (Hardback)
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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 sporting collection of tales of pluck, grit, triumph, disaster and ineptitude. Praised by Nick Hancock, the book features a cast of former sportspeople who 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 true sports stories that have to be read to be believed!
The Compleat Angler (Paperback)
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Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton's The Compleat Angler was first published in 1653 and is widely hailed as a classic of English literature. An inspirational book that even appeals to those who do not fish, it inspires readers from all walks of life to go in search of the countryside that Walton recreates with vivid and loving writing. Still in print after all these years and a tantalising glimpse into the life of anglers years ago, many of the observations held by Walton and Cotton still remain true today.
Game and Fish Record Book (Hardback)
This beautifully produced large-format journal is ideal for both game shooting and fishing records and has ample space for date, location, guns/rods, bag, and comments. Illustrated with Rodger McPhail's color paintings of game and fish species, with full-color endpapers and a ribbon marker, this all-new design makes a fine keepsake.
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Shooting: a Season of Discovery (Hardback)
Emma Rutland, Duchess Of Rutla
Co-hosting one of the country's finest partridge and pheasant shoots with her husband The Duke of Rutland, The Duchess (Emma) assumed she knew about shooting. Wrong. Talking to and watching every Gun, loader, beater and their dog - at their home, Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire - slowly exposed a gaping chasm in her understanding of the sport and its relevance to our countryside. Undaunted, in just one season, she set herself a herculean task to visit over twenty contrasting shoots including John Dodd's grouse moor at Glenogil, Lord Barnard's wild bird day at Raby Castle, Michael Cannon's partridge shoot at Stagfell, Caerhays for pheasants in Cornwall, wildfowling with Brent Pope in Norfolk, pigeon shooting with Will Garfit and western Ireland for woodcock. She spanned the far extremities of the UK meeting many dedicated people who are passionate about their sport. It was enormous fun but not without a few shocks and surprises. She learns that shooting today is as much about conservation, bio-diversity and the sustainability of rural communities as it is a fun and challenging pastime for the half million people that shoot game a year. It is also fraught with politics - a moot and pertinent factor that will shape and determine its future. She joins the Guns on all the shoots and goes behind the scenes to talk to the people that it make it happen. Crucially, shooting provides game meat. The book is peppered with recipes from generations of family favourites from Belvoir Castle's kitchen; cooked and updated by TV chef, Mike Robinson. Stunning photography, history, extraordinary anecdotes and accounts of some of the country's finest shooting will inspire and educate country lovers, shooters and cooks alike. This impressive hardback volume will be enhanced with photographs by leading country sports photographer, Charles Sainsbury-Plaice. The launch will take place in July 2012 at the CLA Game Fair, which is to be held at Belvoir Castle.
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The Aston Villa Miscellany (Hardback)
Written by Dave Woodhall and with a foreword from Villa favourite Tony Morley, the Aston Villa Miscellany is packed with facts, statistics and quirky anecdotes about the team from Villa Park. The book covers the club's rich history, as well as some of their star players including Paul McGrath and Gabby Agbonlahor. The hardback book is also beautifully printed on imitation cloth.
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The Armchair Olympian (Hardback)
Paul Ascough's The Armchair Olympian asks 'how much do you know about sport's biggest competition?' It is an addictive and compelling read that celebrates the glitz and glamour and the wonder and weirdness of the Olympics, the world's biggest sporting event. With stats, trivia, quotes and quizzes, this is the perfect hardback for you to release your inner sporting geek whilst learning all about the heartbreak and triumph, the serial winners and one-medal wonders. It also looks at the shocks and controversies that have contributed to this esteemed and celebratory event.
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The Newcastle Miscellany (Hardback)
Mike 'Biffa' Bolam
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The Newcastle Miscellany is the perfect stocking filler for any member of the Toon Army. The book is packed with facts, statistics and quirky anecdotes about the team and its rich and unique history. Written by Mike Bolam and with a foreword from Magpies favourite Rob Lee, the book is both informative and suitable for a range of ages who love Newcastle United. The hardback has also been beautifully printed on imitation cloth.
Play Better Golf (Paperback)
This is the complete practical guide to improving your golf game in every area - long game, short game and putting. It includes over 500 specially-commissioned colour photographs, including step-by-step instructional sequences throughout. It provides the complete history of golf: from its legendary beginnings to worldwide popularity - the great courses, players and tournaments. It is richly illustrated with evocative historical pictures and archive material as well as contemporary portraits and artworks. It offers vital background information on choosing equipment; rules and etiquette; shots; strategy; and, course management and overcoming hazards. Charting the history of a uniquely prestigious sport, this book begins by examining every aspect of golf, from its equipment and traditions, to the great tournaments, courses and famous players. Reflecting golf's international spirit, the chapter on courses includes lesser known Japanese and South African courses as well as the revered St Andrews of Scotland and Pebble Beach of the USA. This is followed by a detailed section on great players with many much-loved golfing stalwarts and characters. Then, the heart of the book presents a combined instruction course, reference manual and trouble-shooter. Two highly experienced golf teachers have collaborated with one of the best golf photographers working today to create this in-depth course of instruction that will help to improve the game of any player, from the beginner to the expert.
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"There's no getting away from it; I've eaten some pretty extreme things in my time - live tarantulas, raw goat testicles, elephant dung, you name it. In a situation when your life depends on it, you need to put your prejudices aside to keep your stomach filled and your strength up. Whether it's mastering the art of foraging and cooking up a tasty feast around the campfire or learning about the more extreme end of wild food (ever tried a scorpion kebab?), there's a lot to learn when it comes to dinner time in the wild. This book will teach you all the necessary skills and techniques to get your teeth into meals you might never have thought of as food in the first place - and, crucially, how to recognize plants and animals that might end up doing you more harm than good. In today's world, we rarely need to venture beyond the local supermarket and we turn our noses up at the thought of snacking on bugs and grubs. But out in the wild, Mother Nature has provided us with a plentiful supply of nutritious - if not always delicious - food for the taking. And when needs must, we just have to know where to look. Some of it might take you out of your comfort zone. Some of it might turn your stomach. But it's saved my life more than once. And one day, it might save yours..."
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Luis Suarez - My Story: Crossing the Line (Hardback)
Luis Suarez was a young boy already in love with football by the time his family moved from the countryside to Uruguay's capital, Montevideo. The guile and trickery of the street kid made an impact with the country's biggest club, Nacional, before he was spotted by Dutch scouts who brought him to Europe. Suarez was lured from Ajax to Merseyside by another iconic number 7, Kenny Dalglish. From that moment, he terrorised Premier League defences, driving a resurgent Liverpool towards their most exciting top-flight season in 24 years. But there is another side to Luis Suarez: the naturally fiery temperament which drives his competitiveness on the pitch. There was the very public incident with Patrice Evra of bitter rivals Manchester United, and the biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Then during the World Cup finals in Brazil, in a physical encounter against Italy, he bit defender Giorgi Chiellini on the shoulder. Banned from football for four months, derided by the press, he was marched out of the country. In the summer's final twist, he became one of the most expensive footballers of all time, moving from Liverpool to Barcelona. In Crossing the Line, Luis Suarez talks from the heart about his intriguing career, his personal journey from scrapping street kid to performer on football's biggest stage, and the never-say-die attitude that sometimes causes him to overstep the mark.
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