Sports Books

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    Sports fans are counting down the days until this summer's World Cup and what better way to prepare for the feast of football then by reading through the facts, stats and trivia in this goal-den book.

    The perfect companion to the summer's main event, it features photographs of all the players who will be taking part and has in-depth profiles of all 32 competing nations. It also looks at Russia itself, focusing on the stadiums that will host the eagerly anticipated matches.

    It wouldn't be the World Cup without a fixtures and score chart that can be filled in while the tournament is on. This brilliant book also has a TV viewing guide so you know what channel to watch each match on.
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    One of the world's favourite sporting events, Le Tour de France finds cyclists competing in a huge test of skill, passion and endurance.

    This authoritative hardback looks over the event in great detail and contains over 300 photographs from its history - including some from the 19th century.

    Fully up to date with analysis of the 2017 tour (which found Chris Froome joining an elite club of four-time and three-in-a-row winners) alongside all the memorable moments from yesteryear, this beautiful book contains action shots of the most famous stars of the saddle and archive images of brochures, newspaper clippings, posters and postcards.
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    Jurgen Grobler, one of Britain's most esteemed sporting coaches and the mastermind behind many Olympic rowing successes, has remained largely out of the spotlight throughout his life.

    This biography, written by Olympic medallist Hugh Matheson and rowing historian Christopher Dodd, looks at the ways in which he has inspired Britain's rowing teams so so many Gold medals.

    Grobler has worked with athletes including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell over the years and won Gold in a range of boat classes. This book looks over his career - from his early years in the German Democratic Republic to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then a move to Britain in pursuit of rowing greatness.
  • MOTW
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    This guide to the best marathons in the world covers over 50 events that take place across all seven continents.

    All of the races are complemented by stunning photography and have details on when and how to enter plus information on when they take place alongside essential training tips. The race routes are also rated for difficulty and fact boxes tell you when you should apply to take part.

    London, New York, Boston, Berlin and the Midnight Sun (Norway) are just a few of the marathons featured.
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2017 - Hardback - 9781472935199 - Lawrence Booth
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    With its iconic yellow jacket, the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864. This is the 154th edition of the hugely popular sporting miscellany. It's a must-have for any cricket fan.

    A huge favourite with Book People customers and cricket fans all over the world, this book contains coverage of every first-class game in every cricket nation. It also has reports and scorecards for all Tests and ODIs - including the eagerly awaited Editor's Notes and examples of the best sports writing of the year.

    This is a comprehensive record of 2017's cricketing highs and lows.

    Please note that the font size in these books may be considered small by some readers.
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    The world's greatest sporting spectacles include the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics but what about those alternative events where participants risk their lives in pursuit of glory for scant reward e.g. Mongolia's yak racing.

    This light-hearted book covers the weird and wonderful of the sporting world including Germany's Mud Olympics, where competitors play soccer, volleyball and handball while knee-deep in mud; Oregon's Pig-n-Ford races where drivers speed around a track while carrying a live pig under one arm; and Australia's take on the Boat Race - where teams carry boats along the dry bed of the River Todd.

    Other amazing experiences include cheese rolling, volcano boarding and underwater hockey.
  • TEDL
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    Dougie Lampkin, the world's greatest off-road rider, talks about his life in motorcycling in this incredible and unique autobiography.

    He reveals the inspirations behind his stunts and how he always believed he was set for a life on two wheels - his dad placed a motorcycle next to his cot before he arrived home for the first time, after all!

    Dougie comes from a family of sportsmen and had won seven consecutive outdoor world titles and five indoor world titles, earning him the MBE by the age of 25 and this book he brings the excitement of his sport vividly to life - sharing behind-the-scenes drama of his Red Bull challenges including riding over a multi-million-pound F1 car without leaving a scratch.

    For fans of: Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Carl Fogarty
  • Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit - Hardback - 9780008240080 - Boris Starling
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    Following the success of the Invictus Games in Toronto, it's clear that sport can change lives and save lives.

    Created and spearheaded by Prince Harry, for whom this is a very personal cause, the Games are for current and former servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured or sick.

    This tournament is full of inspiring stories about people who have overcome the odds to compete in this momentous sporting event. Among those taking place are triple amputees, cancer survivors, multiple sclerosis patients and PTSD sufferers.

    This book focuses on the people who make the Invictus Games so special and tells their stories. You will be in awe of how they have managed to do so well after such devastating experiences. It's a tribute to the power of the human spirit.
  • The Title: The Story of the First Division - Hardback - 9781472936615 - Scott Murray
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    Football fans know all about the advent of the Premier League in 1992, but what about the 104 years of league football that preceded it? This fascinating book, written by Guardian journalist Scott Murray, tells the story of the old First Division.

    In this one-stop guide to the history of the 'Beautiful Game', Murray cherry-picks the history of the game and rambles about the likes of Preston, Burnley and Wolves just as much as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester. he also talks about the plight of Glossop - the smallest club to ever play top-flight football.

    Packed with humour and insight, Murray also celebrates the managerial genius of the likes of Tom Watson (the Victorian Mourinho - who was known for his bowler hat), Bill Shankly and Brian Clough. This book will delight any football fan who wants to learn about the sport before it turned into the all-encompassing, multi-billion-bound industry it is today.
  • How to Drive: The Ultimate Guide - from the Man Who Was the Stig - Hardback - 9781447272830 - Ben Collins
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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.
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    Gemma Hoggs' Stable Lass is a heartfelt memoir that reveals what it's like to work at one of the country's top racing yards.

    Gemma explains how despite the long hours and low pay, she finds her job incredibly rewarding: she works in the beautiful surroundings of Middleham in Wensleydale and the majesty of the horses makes up for any challenges she faces from humans.

    She talks about the dangers, politics, in-fighting, romances and affairs that exist in the horse riding industry and also opens up about her grief after losing a horse. She also reveals all about the people she deals with - from straight-talking boss Mickey Hammond to millionaire owners and jockeys that starve themselves to lose weight...
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    Howzat! Any cricket fan will love testing their knowledge with the 3,000 questions from every era of Test Match Special featured in this brain-teasing quiz book.

    From identifying some of the most famous players from history to naming grounds, the questions are sure to test even the biggest cricket fan's mind.

    Looking over a huge archive of material, Dan Waddell's book also focuses on the gaffes, giggles, cakes and celebrity guests who have appeared on the show.
  • MNCT 7 years +
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    Now managed by the one and only Pep Guardiola, Manchester City are still turning heads with their incredible attacking prowess. Sergio Aguero is banging in so many goals and it's quite possible they'll end 2018 with many trophies in their cabinet.

    This brilliant annual is packed with facts, stats, photographs and activities inspired by the famous team. It's a brilliant gift for any City fan!

    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without an annual!
  • Sir Matt Busby - Hardback - 9781785032066 - Patrick Barclay
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    Manchester United's identity as an attacking force can all be tracked back to one man - legendary manager, Sir Matt Busby.

    With an emphasis on young, local players, Busby's football teams played a quick, passing, attacking game that entertained fans in their droves. However, tragedy struck when his 'Busby Babes' team were involved in the 1958 Munich air disaster where 23 people died (including eight players). This definitive biography looks at the effect of this tragedy and how, a decade later, Busby led a new United team to triumph as they won the European Cup.

    With interviews with players including Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Nobby Styles, who reveal just what it felt like to play for one of the greatest and most influential football managers of all time, this book reveals the qualities that set Busby apart.
  • Broadside: How We Regained the Ashes - Hardback - 9781471101595 - 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.
  • RFYL
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    Written by William Pullen, the founder of Dynamic Running Therapy, Run for Your Life: Mindful Running for a Happy Life brings together the joys of running and mindfulness and shows how this combination can lead to a happier, healthier life.

    This book shows how the 'runner's high' that so many experience can be used as a force of incredible energy. Whether you are looking for strategies to cope with anxiety, anger or change or have a huge decision playing on your mind, there's a mindfulness exercise that is especially designed to be implemented while on a run or walk.

    This provides a truly holistic approach to living and carrying out exercise.
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    Beginner and experienced cyclists will love this go-to manual for all kinds of bike repairs. It's free from jargon and will help steer you through a complete maintenance programme.

    From simple, minor repairs to more challenging tasks like tuning your suspension, this handily sized book will help you learn how to repair your bike's brakes, gears and hubs.

    With easy, photographic tutorials, there are also chapters dedicated to using GPS gadgets and plenty of quick tips to keep you safe on the road.
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    Following three fishing fanatics as they head off on an epic adventure around the globe, Fishing Impossible is an ITV programme that has had so many people hooked. Described as Top Gear for fishing, it's full of extreme situations...

    This tie-in book is just as funny and fascinating as the show and finds Charlie, Jay and Blowfish looking back over their trips. From spear-fishing in the Bahamas to bungee jumping in British Columbia and dodging crocodiles in Kenya, they look at how they managed to catch fish in entertaining and bizarre ways.

    You'll feel as if you are with the gang as you read about their adrenalin-fuelled trips.
  • Time Out Cycle London - Paperback - 9781846702648 - Time Out Guides Ltd.
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    Combining 25 great bike rides for all abilities in and around London, this is the book for anyone who loves to get on their bike and discover more about their surroundings.

    Celebrating the pleasures of road cycling, the journeys are organised according to types of bike riding - from commuting to family afternoons out to weekend excursions.

    Taking you into the centre of London and beyond, the book also includes rides, bike and kit advice so you can make the most of your fantastic journeys.
  • A Life in Football: My Autobiography - Hardback - 9781472123589 - Ian Wright
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    One of the most recognisable - and possibly loudest - characters in football, Arsenal legend Ian Wright talks about the career that took him from non-league football to Highbury and then into punditry in his highly entertaining memoir, A Life in Football.

    A fantastic gift for any football fan, you can hear Wrighty's voice as he reveals all about what it was like playing for Crystal Palace and then moving on to Arsenal where he won trophies and broke records galore. While at the Gunners, the team evolved from George Graham's supposedly 'Boring, boring Arsenal' into a thrilling team managed by Arsene Wenger. Wrighty explains what it was like to be part of this revolution and also discusses his fabourite team mates, what it meant to break Arsenal's goalscoring record and what he really thinks of Tottenham Hotspur...

    He also talks about more personal issues; touching upon everything from spending a week in prison to presenting on primetime television.
  • Bodyweight Workouts for Men - Paperback - 9780241240670 - Sean Bartram
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    With over 75 bodyweight exercises and 36 routines such as ab workouts, triceps, dips and squats, this book will help any man build a better body!

    The exercises use only bodyweight and natural surroundings so that the workouts can be completed anywhere - inside or outdoors - with no need for expensive fitness equipment or gym memberships.

    Easy to learn, each exercise shows which muscles are being worked and the book also shows how you can focus your workouts to focus on specific muscle groups or on the whole body.

    Whether you are a beginner or fitness fanatic, this book will help you improve your strength - wherever you are!
  • SBOB
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    Daniel Tatarsky provides an accessible and fascinating history of life on two wheels in The Splendid Book of the Bicycle.

    A great gift for any cycling fan, it's a fun read that is packed with practical information and covers all the way from the first navigation of the globe on a penny-farthing through to today's state-of-the-art bikes (and their riders!).

    Beautifully illustrated with evocative imagery, the book looks at how the bike invented and its subsequent historical development and impact on social history. It even looks at the depiction of bicycles in films, books and art.
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    Focusing exclusively on the world of Formula One, this book highlights the great battles for the World Drivers Championship since the 1950s. It contains hundreds of stories and statistics on the legendary drivers, teams and tracks.
  • My Turn: The Autobiography - Hardback - 9781509813902 - Johan Cruyff
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    The footballing world was shocked and saddened by the death of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in March this year. Widely regarded as one of the best players of all time, he inspired the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands to glory.

    In his autobiography, My Turn, Johan tells the story of a truly unbelievable sporting career. A player who was synonymous with total football, he helped change the way teams played football and inspired players to break the shackles of convention and play in any position on the pitch. He talks about starting out at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups, before moving on to Barcelona, where he quickly won La Liga.

    As well as club success, he also won many individual awards and inspired his country to a World Cup final appearance in 1974. While his playing career went from strength to strength, his off-the-field life was more turbulent - he encountered bankruptcy and was even the victim of a kidnapping attempt. He then followed this up with a trophy-laden managerial career. This is his story in his own words.