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Sports & Games Books

  • WSDN
    Lawrence Booth
    • £9.99
    • RRP £50.00
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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.
  • TCHA 7 years +
    Match
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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    Match! is the UK's favourite football magazines and its annual is always one of Book People's bestsellers. Available at a back-of-the-net price, it's a goal-den read for footy fans of all ages!

    This year, Match! fans can build their ultimate players (would you rather have Ronaldo's skill or Lukaku's power?) and learn all about the wonderkids who are set to light up 2018 - which, let's not forget, is a World Cup year.

    There are also features on stars' cars, Premier League legends, quizzes, cartoons and so much more. Among the players featured are Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero!
  • UNCV
    Boris Starling
    • £4.99
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    The Invictus Games 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.
  • TLFD
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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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.
  • CYCC
    Dave Walker
    • £3.99
    • RRP £10.99
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    Renowned cartoonist and bike lover Dave Walker provides an illustrated guide to life on two wheels in The Cycling Cartoonist.

    From 20 Reasons to Love Cycling to objective comparisons between different modes of transport and the reasons why cleaning your bike is a chore to the skills required by a cycling commentator, this book will have riders (and their non-riding significant others) laughing out loud.

    A great gift for anyone who loves bikes, its witty illustrations reveal the truth regarding everything about them.
  • HDRV
    • £5.99
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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.
  • MTSQ
    • £4.99
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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.
  • MTTB
    Patrick Barclay
    • £6.99
    • RRP £20.00
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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.
  • SBBR
    Stuart Broad
    • £6.99
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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
    William Pullen
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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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.
  • TFHF
    Phil Tufnell
    • £6.99
    • RRP £18.99
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    Phil Tufnell (or Tuffers, as he's now more commonly known from his time in the Jungle and on Question of Sport) is a cricket legend and national treasure. In this book he's chosen his very own Hall of Fame - and it's packed with legends of the sport, offbeat characters and various surprises.

    From boyhood heroes to favourite team-mates and toughest opponents to unforgettable umpires and brilliant broadcasters, Phil provides an analysis of a very diverse and enchanting cast of cricketing legends with typical Tuffers wit.

    He even adds some truly surprising non-cricketing inductees into his personal Hall of Fame. Showcasing the most charming characters in cricket, this is a great gift for anyone who loves the summer sport.
  • SR0021
    Chris Sidwells
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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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.
  • AG1074
    Charlie Butcher
    • £4.99
    • RRP £20.00
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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.
  • TOCL
    Time Out Guides Ltd.
    • £4.99
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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.
  • PBIM
    Alycea Ungaro
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Written by Pilates pioneer Alycea Ungaro - the woman who brought the first mat Pilates classes to New York nearly 20 years ago - this book can help you streamline your body and focus your mind.

    It includes tailored programmes for beginner, intermediate and advanced level and has 50 exercises that are demonstrated with clear photographs and annotated with expert advice.

    If you're looking for some enjoyable exercise that will put you at ease, this book can help you improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility.
  • ALIF
    Ian Wright
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    • £4.99
    • RRP £18.99
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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.
  • BWFM
    Sean Bartram
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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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!
  • TBCB
    • £5.99
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    The Bicycle Book provides a glorious, visual celebration of the bike. From iron-framed Boneshakers to record-breaking carbon-fibre track bikes, it features photos and details of over 300 classic bicycles.

    As well as the bikes themselves, the book also focuses on the courses that have held the most famous races. It will introduce you to the most important designers and innovators of the cycling world and some of the most defining moments in cycling history.

    Cycling is a global sporting, leisure and transport and this book will delight anyone who is fascinated by life on two wheels.
  • SBOB
    Daniel Tatarsky
    • £6.99
    • RRP £20.00
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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.
  • SR0018
    Bruce Jones
    • £3.99
    • RRP £19.99
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    BBC Sport World Formula One Records Fifth Edition, fully revised and updated to include the conclusion of the pulsating 2014 season, is the latest in Carlton Books' million-selling World Records series. Focusing exclusively on the world of Formula One, the biggest and most glamorous of all motor sports championships, this volume highlights the great battles for the World Drivers Championship and the Constructors Cup since they began in the 1950s. There are also hundreds of stories and statistics on the legendary drivers, teams and tracks who have helped to make Formula 1 one of the most exciting and popular sports in the world. The stories, features, lists and tables are brought to life by fantastic action photography. All fans of Formula One will love BBC Sport World Formula One Records Sixth Edition, and feel confident about winning any argument about this thrilling sport.
  • MYJC
    Johan Cruyff
    • £4.99
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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.
  • TRIA
    James Beckinsale
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    If it's been a goal of yours to complete a triathlon then this book will help you raise your game so you can swim, run and cycle faster.

    A one-stop reference for every triathlete, this book will help you improve your performance through customisable training plans and step-by-step exercises. Designed to help build strength and stamina, this book also has expert advice on race day strategy that covers everything from transition times to the best kit and equipment.

    There is also trustworthy advice on what do to treat common triathlon injuries. An essential book for both those looking to challenge themselves and triathlon veterans.
  • TOTC
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    Ross Brawn, the most successful figure in Formula 1 history, and Adam Parr, the former CEO of Williams, have come together in Total Competition to explain to motor racing fans the lessons they have learned during their career and how they can use these to achieve their very own business goals.

    Compelling, comprehensive and revealing, this book explains what it takes to get to the top in a way that recalls Sir Alex Ferguson's bestselling advice guide, Leading. Ross Brawn talks about his four decades of success and examines the methods he has used to achieve so much. He also examines the occasions when he has got things wrong.

    This is a definitive portrait of modern motorsport that explores the pressures of the sport and the cut-throat nature of an industry where coming second is deemed as failure.
  • PELO
    Suze Clemitson
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    From Arrivee to Zoetemelk, this is a distinctively illustrated compendium on all the must-know facts about the sport for any cycling enthusiast.

    Helping you learn the difference from your lanterne rouge and your flamme rouge, the book is packed with fun facts that range from incredible and amazing to downright bizarre.

    Written by cycling journalist Suze Clemitson and illustrated by Mark Fairhurst, this will make a lovely gift.