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We have brilliant books for the sports fans in your life this Christmas time. From awesome annuals for football fans to the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (in the year that England won the Cricket World Cup) and inspiring biographies, you'll find so many great gift ideas this festive season.

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Christmas: Sport Books

We have brilliant books for the sports fans in your life this Christmas time. From awesome annuals for football fans to the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (in the year that England won the Cricket World Cup) and inspiring biographies, you'll find so many great gift ideas this festive season.

  • Match! Annual 2020

    Kelsey Media

    Product Code: MTCA
    Hardback
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    Score a great goal this Christmas with every footy fan's favourite!

    The Match! Annual 2020 looks back over a year that saw Manchester City play scintillating football on their way to an unprecedented treble of the Premier League, the FA Cup and League Cup and Liverpool win the Champions League in all-English final vs. Tottenham Hotspur. Oh, and the Lionesses almost brought football home.

    Packed with puzzles, photographs, facts and stats, this annual is full of all the footy fun we've come to expect from Match! magazine.

    It's also available at a back-of-the-net price that will give the footy fans in your life a goal-den grin!
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
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  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2019

    Lawrence Booth

    Product Code: WSDC
    Hardback
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    With its iconic yellow jacket, the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has been published every year since 1864 and the 156th edition of the sporting miscellany might just be the best yet.

    A huge favourite with The Book People customers and cricket fans all over the world, this almanack contains coverage of every first-class game in every cricket nation. It offers 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 hardback is a must-have for every cricket fan, especially those who fell in love with the sport during the summer's World Cup.
    • £11.99
    • RRP £55.00
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  • Rugby World Cup Japan 2019: The Official Book

    Product Code: RWCJ
    Paperback
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    Everything you need for the Rugby World Cup!

    The Official Book of the tournament has all the information you could want regarding the eagerly awaited event - from venue guides to team profiles and overviews of the key players and coaches. As all good guides should, it also has a fill-in fixture schedule so you can take note of when every match is and keep up to date with all the latest scores.

    It also looks over the history of the event, sharing tournament records and some of the tournament's most memorable moments including Jonny Wilkinson's last-minute drop goal against Australia in 2003.
    • £3.99
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  • The Times 50 Greatest Football Matches

    Richard Whitehead

    Product Code: FGFM
    Hardback
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    The striking history of the Beautiful Game.

    Featuring sports reports from the archives of The Times, this book celebrates the greatest matches in the history of football - from the earliest FA Cup finals played between former public schoolboys in the 19th century to Manchester United and Liverpool's Champions League triumphs and Leicester City's extraordinary Premier League win in 2016.

    This book also covers international football with a focus on England's 1966 World Cup victory and the Hand of God match v Argentina in 1986.
    • £6.99
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    ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Official Book

    Product Code: ICCC
    Paperback
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    Howzat! The Cricket World Cup took place in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July this year and this is official guide to the incredible event is a fabulous memento of the sporting event that saw England achieve glory in stunning fashion against New Zealand via a super over.

    Illustrated with full-colour photographs, this book explores the history of the sport and recalls the most memorable moments from past World Cups. It also includes an analysis of all 10 teams competing for the prize - England, Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Windies, South Africa, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

    It highlights the star players and venues and includes a full fixture schedule for you to complete as a memento of a sporting summer that saw England fight it out for the grand prize in the world's favourite summer sport.
    • £1.99
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    Marathons of the World

    Hugh Jones

    Product Code: MOTW
    Paperback
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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.
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  • Ayrton Senna

    Bruce Jones

    Product Code: AYRT
    Hardback
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    Bestselling author and journalist Bruce Jones celebrates the life of one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, Ayrton Senna, in this illustrative retrospective biography.

    From growing up in Brazil and starting his F1 career at Lotus to becoming World Champion three times, Bruce recalls key moments and shares photographs from Ayrton's amazing career.

    Complete with quotes from those who knew him best, this incredible book revisits his career moves and the fatal, tragic crash during the San Marino Grand Prix that led to major changes in the safety of racing cars.

    This is a celebration of one of the greatest drivers in the history of motorsport.
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  • How to Ride a Bike

    Sir Chris Hoy

    Product Code: HTRB
    Hardback
    (1)
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    Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy explains how to make the most of cycling - whatever your age, experience or ability may be.

    Alongside anecdotes from his glittering career, Chris offers practical advice on strength conditioning, training plans, strengthening weaker areas and taking care of your bike.

    This handy book also covers cycling skills and safety, riding on different terrains and offers advice on diet, weight loss and the psychology of cycling.
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    Stable Lass

    Gemma Hoggs

    Product Code: SLAS
    Hardback
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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...
    • £2.99
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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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    Trials and Error

    Dougie Lampkin

    Product Code: TEDL
    Hardback
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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
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  • 501 Core Exercises

    Product Code: AOFC
    Paperback
    (1)
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    This book contains 501 different exercises that will help you fast-track your fitness.

    It has step-by-step descriptions for performing exercises effectively and safely and gives you the chance to craft the perfect workout for your body.

    The photographs are stunning and cover every element of fitness. This is a must for anyone looking to get fit.
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    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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  • Moto GP: A Photographic Celebration

    Philip Wain

    Product Code: MBGP
    Hardback
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    This keepsake hardback provides a photographic celebration of the magnificence of Moto GP racing.

    It tells the story of how leading manufacturers such as Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki have strived to build the perfect machine and focuses on the legends that have made the sport so popular - including Barry Sheene, Eddie Lawson and Valentino Rossi.

    Written by Phil Wain, this book is full of images and accounts that reveal the stories behind historic races, technical innovations and the most memorable moments.
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  • The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen

    Kari Hotakainen

    Product Code: TUKR
    Hardback
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    Kimi Raikkonen is one of the stars of Formula One but is also famously private. This revealing biography finds the Fin opening up about his life, career and way of thinking.

    A very enigmatic individual, Kari Hotakainen's book reveals what life is like in the fast lane and features a number of previously unpublished photographs from Kimi's own collection.

    Kimi reveals how he plans race strategies and what it's like racing on the world famous Grand Prix courses. This book captures the raw excitement of Formula One and has the same kind of cult appeal as I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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  • Le Tour de France

    Serge Laget

    Product Code: LTDF
    Hardback
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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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  • Valentino Rossi The Life of A Legend

    Product Code: VRLL
    Hardback
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    Valentino Rossi is one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time and this visual book celebrates all of his incredible achievements.

    From winning the World Championship in only his second season to his 87 wins in 500cc/MotoGP races, this book covers them all. It looks at his victories, rivalries and the issues he faced as he moved from brand to brand.

    As well as stunning action photographs, this book lifts the lid on Rossi's incredible charm, wit and candour.
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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.
    • £3.99
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