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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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • FBAL 6 years +
    6 years +
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    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?

    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 - 9781472911667
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    • Just £1.66 per book
    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.

    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.


    Peter Brooke-Ball

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    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.

    Emma Rutland, Duchess Of Rutla

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    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.

    Rodger McPhail

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    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.
  • VILM

    Dave Woodhall

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    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.
  • NEWM

    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.


    Antony Atha

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    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..."