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Sports Books

  • WSDN
    Lawrence Booth
    (1)
    • £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.

    Please note that the font size in these books may be considered small by some readers.
  • HWSE
    Geoff Tibballs
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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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.
  • UNCV
    Boris Starling
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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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
    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.
  • HDRV
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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
    • RRP £14.99
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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.
  • ARSL 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £8.99
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    Arsenal are one of the world's most popular football clubs. Managed by Arsene Wenger for many, many years, they continue to wow the legions of fans at the Emirates with their attacking swagger and goalscoring prowess.

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

    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without an annual!
  • 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.
  • 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
    • RRP £12.99
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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.
  • ALIF
    Ian Wright
    (1)
    • £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
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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.
  • 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.
  • DSMN
    Vassos Alexander
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    A member of Chris Evans' Breakfast Show team on BBC Radio 2, Vassos Alexander is one of the UK's best-known and most-loved sports broadcasters. In this light-hearted memoir of 26.2 chapters, he reveals the highs and lows of falling in love with running.

    From his first efforts of trying to reach the end of his street to completing marathons and triathlons in the same weekend, it's an incredible journey. Vassos talks about how part of the appeal of running is the childlike joy of reaching top speed when you could just walk.

    Funny, inspiring and honest, the book also features a running-themed song to accompany each of Vassos' achievements and the book provides a fascinating insight into how the likes of Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and the Brownlees first started out.
  • MRJP
    Jo Pavey
    • £4.99
    • RRP £18.99
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    An Olympian who won the 10,000m at the European Championships (her first ever Gold!) in 2014 at the age of 40, Jo Pavey has quite the story to tell...

    On 10 May, 2015, Jo achieved the seemingly impossible by winning the 10,000m just eight months after giving birth and in 'a running vest older than most of the girls I was competing against'. In this inspiring autobiography, the athlete dubbed 'Supermum' reveals how she has managed to combine parental responsibilities and an elite sporting career with such success.

    From pushing a buggy on training runs to leaving the kids to build sandcastles in the long jump pit while she hits the track, there are so many situations that will feel familiar to any career parents who try to balance work and life. A positive and uplifting read, this is the story of a mum that runs and a runner that mums.
  • SR0014
    • £3.99
    • RRP £16.00
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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.
  • BSFI
    Ben Stokes
    • £6.99
    • RRP £20.00
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    Ben Stokes is one of the most exciting talents in cricket today. Not cast in the same mould as the majority of English cricketers, he is fiery, combative and gladitorial. In this stunning autobiography, he talks about his love for the sport and how he has managed to achieve so much in so little time.

    An all-rounder who bats, bowls and fields at full throttle, he describes how he spent his childhood in New Zealand and then found a home in Cumbria with his family when he was just 11. This move sparked off a career that saw him playing county cricket for Durham and then the England team.

    He looks over the most pivotal moments in his career so far - from thrashing the fastest ever Test century at Lord's to achieving the quickest ever Test double-hundred by an Englishman. Ben puts in 100% effort and commitment every time he steps onto the field of play; this is his story and is a must-read for cricket fans.
  • MHMU
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    Manchester United is one of the most iconic teams in the history of football. With an unparalleled level of success on the field and huge popularity off it, the Red Devils are a phenomenon.

    From the creators of Match! magazine, this book looks over the club's history and will take you from their emergence as Newto Heath through to the club they are today. It looks at how Old Trafford became the Theatre of Dreams and how the team have achieved so much over the years.