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Looking for Father's Day sports gifts? Book People has all kinds of sports books to delight your dad, whether he's a mad footie fan, wannabe Wilkinson or even a cricket enthusiast!

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The Sports-Loving Dad

  • More Power

    Hugh Matheson

    Product Code: MREP
    Hardback
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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.
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  • The London Cycling Guide

    Tom Bogdanowicz

    Product Code: LNCC
    Paperback
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    With over 40 routes chosen by the capital's cycling experts, this book will show you the best ways of exploring London by bike.

    The comprehensive guide is packed with practical advice and detailed route maps and even offers tips on using London's self-service public bike-sharing scheme (or 'Boris bikes', as they used to be known...).

    Fully up to date, this book has full-colour photographs to capture the beauty of each ride. From the banks of the Thames to Camden and Soho and lots of landmarks, this book will help you discover them all on two wheels.
    • £1.00
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  • The Jersey

    Peter Bills

    Product Code: JRSY
    Hardback
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    New Zealand's rugby team have one of the most iconic shirts in sport and this informative book from international rugby reporter Peter Bills explains how their team has gone on to dominate the game for many decades now. It explains how you can take inspiration from their outlook and tactics and apply them to almost any field.

    The All Blacks have a better winning record than any other sports team and are one of the favourites for the 2019 World Cup (if they win this tournament, that will be three in a row!) but just how did a country of just 4.8 million people conquer the world?

    With exclusive access to over 90 players, coaches, officials and supporters who have made significant contributions to New Zealand's sporting success including Steve Hansen, Beauden Barrett and Richie McCaw, this book looks over New Zealand's proud history and culture how both of these have inspired so much glory.
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  • British Football

    Product Code: SR0014
    Hardback
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    Discover the history of 'The Beautiful Game' in this lavishly illustrated book.

    Published in 2015, it charts the key events in British football history and will take you all the way back to when players wore tasselled caps and balls had laces through to the multi-million pound, global industry we all love today.

    From the major victories to the most disappointing defeats, the book looks at how British football has changed the world and features archive photography from the Daily Mail.
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  • The Official Tour de France Bike Maintenance Book

    Luke Edwardes-Evans

    Product Code: BXLGX
    Hardback
    The Official Tour de France Maintenance Book goes exclusively behind the scenes with the finest professional cycling mechanics during the most gruelling and high-pressure bike race in the world. Working at the cutting edge of bicycle technology, Tour mechanics expertly maintain high performance race bikes every day throughout the Tour. The highlight, for many fans, is watching the bikes being prepared before a stage and serviced after it. The reader is put in the fans' shoes, with exclusive insights and images from the life of a Tour mechanic, with in-race stories and technical advice. Practical sections in each chapter show the home mechanic how to perform essential maintenance tasks and personalise their own bicycles to Tour de France standards. Even if bikes are serviced by shop mechanics, vital checks and regular adjustments are covered in these pages and, to make a bike stand out, there are professional tricks of the trade as well as the small but telling detailing jobs to enhance the bike's looks. Another feature of The Official Tour de France Maintenance Book focuses on the growing interest in classic racing machines, which are collected, ridden and displayed in "Eroica" festivals, events celebrating the heroic age of cycling. These, of course, include Tour de France bikes from the past 75 years and there are features on these classic bikes, with maintenance tips using traditional tools and techniques.
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  • Bluffer's Guide to Tennis

    D. Whitehead

    Product Code: BXIXQ
    Paperback
    Know what to say, what not to say, what to do on a court should you make the mistake of being seen on one, and what excuses to make if you can't lay a racquet head on a ball. Never again confuse topspin with a slice, or a squash shot with a tweener. Bask in the admiration of your fellow tennis players as you pronounce confidently on the merits of the windshield wiper, the reverse forehand and the run-around. Above all, know exactly how to hold your own against the sort of tennis nerd who probably emerged from the womb reading a copy of Inner Tennis. And never wear a headband. DO SAY "I was trying out an extreme version of the extreme Hawaiian and something just went 'ping' in my wrist. Never been the same since." DON'T SAY "You CANNOT be serious...you guys are the absolute pits of the world!"
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  • Bluffer's Guide to Surfing

    C. Jarvis

    Product Code: BXIUD
    Paperback
    Never again confuse your tails with your rails, your SUPs with your ASPs, your shapers with your sprayers, or localism with a friendly welcome. Bask in the admiration of your fellow enthusiasts as you reminisce joyfully about those moments watching friends "going over the falls," and pronounce confidently about the exact location of the Ampullae of Lorenzini. (That particular morsel of knowledge could save you from becoming shark food). DON'T SHOUT when surfing. No one likes a shouter. Surfing is being at one with Nature; it is like riding on God's soul. The only sound should be that of breaking surf. On the other hand, no one likes a hippy either. DON'T SAY "I'm not kidding, dude. I once rode a Great White most of the way down the Pororoca."
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  • I'm Sorry, I Love You: A History of Professional Wrestling

    Jim Smallman

    Product Code: BXHVB
    Paperback
    'Clever, funny, authoritative and illuminating' - Times Literary Supplement 'Filled with passion, humour, and a little bit of welcome weirdness. A must-read for every die-hard wrestling fan' - Mick Foley For fans of books from Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, Mick Foley and Jim Ross. 'We have all felt every emotion today. Remember today, the next time a family member or workmate tells you that wrestling is stupid. We've laughed, we've cried, we've screamed our lungs out. Professional wrestling is the greatest thing in the entire world.' - Jim Smallman, 2016 Comedian and PROGRESS Wrestling founder Jim Smallman takes us on a wild ride through the history of pro-wrestling, from its beginnings at the turn of the twentieth century to the pop-culture, pay-per-view juggernaut that it is today. Join Jim as he looks at the most defining and iconic moments in wrestling's history and attempts to nail down just why this ludicrous, over the top, compelling quasi-sport means so much to so many people.
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  • WHAT Did You Say Stopped Play?

    Matthew Engel

    Product Code: BWUZF
    Hardback
    It's normal for rain to stop play in cricket. But that's not all: flying objects, passing dictators, animals of all kinds including a very improbable tiger - they have all had the same effect. But even when the game keeps going, cricket is a magnet for the weird and wonderful. For the past quarter-century the Chronicle section of Wisden has been collecting the most remarkable events in the game: the eccentric, the extraordinary and the excruciatingly funny. This is the cricket that reference books would normally ignore, from the village greens of England to the back alleys of Asia. This selection is about Tendulkar-worshippers and angry neighbours; about scoring a thousand and being all out for nought. There are politicians and protesters; celebs and streakers; judges and jobsworths ... and batsmen who really do murder the bowlers.
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