Top 10 Best Sport Biographies

Sportspeople are some of the most inspirational in the world, often having to overcome adversity and rise from obscurity to reach the heady heights of their game. From football legends to cycling superstars, these exciting sports autobiographies and biographies will move, inspire and entertain in equal measure.

1. #2Sides: Rio Ferdinand - My Autobiography

Rio Ferdinand

This is Rio's unique story, from his early years in Peckham, through to picking up the Champions League trophy on a rainy summer's night in Moscow. #2Sides features Rio's own candid and outspoken views, as well as interviews with those close to him. Find out what life is really like at the top of the football world.

2. Unexpected: The Autobiography

Greg Rutherford

Greg Rutherford is one of few Brits to win gold at European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic level, and now reveals his turbulent route to the top. A reckless teenager, he would sometimes sleep rough or car surf, but found an invaluable outlet in sport, and finally succeeded - in incredible style - on London 2012's "Super Saturday". He also offers his thoughts on issues plaguing athletics today, including doping.

3. Twin Ambitions: My Autobiography

Mo Farah

Mo Farah's remarkable running career has put him firmly in the record books and in the public eye. The boy from Somalia, who came to Britain aged just eight, leaving behind his brother and able to speak very little English, nonetheless had a natural, extraordinary running talent. Since then, through hard work and punishing training, he has enjoyed unprecedented success. Read his incredible story in this honest and stirring read.

4. Muhammad Ali: A Tribute to the Greatest

Thomas Hauser

The ultimate read for boxing fans, this revealing book divulges the extraordinary life of Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest sporting icons of all time. Thomas Hauser provides a personal tribute to the inspiring man, providing his own personal insights and using interviews with associates and contemporaries to reveal what Ali was really like, both in and out of the ring.

5. My Story

Tom Daley

Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympic diver Tom Daley reveals all in this moving memoir, in which he divulges his heart-breaking but uplifting story. He discusses having to cope with the tragic death of his father, whilst growing up in the media spotlight and training hard for competitions. Discover the pressures and challenges faced by a world-class diving competitor, from Tom's day-to-day schedule to his hobbies and family, as well as his hopes and dreams for the future.

6. Lewis Hamilton

Bruce Jones

A 10-year-old boy named Lewis Hamilton told Ron Dennis, then manager of McLaren, that he wanted to drive in Formula One for McLaren - and 12 years later, he was doing just that. A year later, aged 23, Lewis became F1's youngest World Champion. Since then, he has accomplished an extraordinary series of successes, with dozens of victories all over the world. Discover his enthralling life in this exciting book, filled with feature quotes and captivating action photography.

7. My Fight, Your Fight

Ronda Rousey

Mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey, renowned for her powerful speech on overcoming misogyny, reveals her extraordinary life in this candid autobiography. A childhood marked by speech problems and the heart-breaking loss of her father didn't stop her from battling prejudice to become the first female fighter in UFC. Now, with astounding knock-out victories and an accomplished acting career, she is making history. In this book, she relives her greatest fights and shares her secrets for success and resilience.

8. The Inside Track

Laura Trott & Jason Kenny

The Rio Olympics' golden couple reveals all in their official autobiography. They retrace their steps to gold-medal success, taking readers behind the scenes of Olympic training, divulging both the highs and lows. Their relationship is at the core of their journey, from competing at junior level, to falling in love, to success at Rio. No detail is omitted from their fast-paced lives. Be inspired to take up the sport, too, with their handy motivational insight.

9. Seventy-Seven

Andy Murray

On 7th July 2013, to the amazement and joy of the nation, Andy Murray became the first British male in 77 years to lift the Wimbledon trophy. Discover his journey in this illuminating autobiography, from his devastating loss at Wimbledon 2012, to a glorious Olympic gold. He reveals his thoughts on the most memorable moments of his career and divulges his training regime, introduces his close-knit team, and discloses his personal battle to make it to the top of tennis.

10. Unguarded

Jonathon Trott

Cricket star Jonathon Trott looks back not only at his sporting successes, but also his mental health issues. Following triumph in the 2009 Ashes when Jonathon scored a century on his debut, he had to leave the 2012-13 Ashes tour of Australia, suffering from a stress-related illness. Readers will be transported into the heart of the England dressing room, and into the personal life of a professional sportsman, from the brilliant successes to the crushing expectation.

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    On 7 July 2013, Andy Murray became the first British male in 77 years to lift the Wimbledon trophy. Watched by 17.3 million people, the nation cheered as Murray triumphed.

    Andy Murray: Seventy-seven takes you along on Andy's journey through his career that culminated in this incredible victory, focusing on the two dramatic years which also included a devastating loss at Wimbledon and a victorious Olympic gold.

    Sharing his thoughts on the most pivotal moments of his career and allowing you a glimpse into his strict training regime, you'll meet Andy's close-knit team and read all about his mental and physical battle to the top.

    A stunning celebration of an extraordinary tennis career, this beautiful and very personal book will make a great gift for sports fans and tennis enthusiasts.
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    4 August, 2012. Super Saturday. On the most electric night in the history of British sport, Mo Farah braved the pain and punishment to seize Olympic gold in the 10,000m - and in the process went from being a talented athlete to a national treasure. Seven days later, Mo seized his second gold at the 5000m to go where no British distance runner has gone before. Records have tumbled before him: European track records at 1500m, 5000m indoors, and 10,000m; British track records at 5000m, 3000m indoors and 10k on the road have all fallen to Mohamed 'Mo' Farah: the boy from Somalia who came to Britain at the age of eight, leaving behind his twin brother, and with just a few words of English, and a natural talent for running. His secondary school PE teacher Alan Watkinson spotted his potential and began easing this human gazelle towards the racetrack. In 2001 Mo showed his promise by winning the 5000m at the European Junior Championships. Soon he was smashing a string of British and European records. He began living with a group of elite Kenyan runners, following their strict regime of run, sleep, eat and rest. Mo was determined to leave no stone uncovered in his bid for distance-running glory. After a disappointing Olympics in Beijing Mo took the bold decision to relocate to Portland, Oregon to work under legendary coach Alberto Salazar. The results were emphatic as Mo took silver at the 10,000m and then raced to gold in the 5000m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. Even better would soon follow at London 2012. TWIN AMBITIONS is much more than an autobiography by a great Olympic champion. It's a moving human story of a man who grew up in difficult circumstances, separated from his family at an early age, who struggled to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and realise his dream.
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    'I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me not to be, and I call it a 'Do-Nothing B-tch'. It's the kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else. That's why I think it's hilarious when people say that my body looks masculine or something. Just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f-cking millionaires, doesn't mean it's masculine. I think it's femininely badass as f-ck because there isn't a single muscle on my body that doesn't have a purpose because I'm not a 'Do-Nothing B-tch.' When Ronda Rousey made this speech she inspired women everywhere. Beyonce even played a recording on-stage and it went viral. But Rousey has been inspiring others her whole career. The journey to the top for the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighter in history has been filled with challenges. From a childhood marked by speech problems to the painful loss of her father, she grew up repeatedly pushing her mind and body to the limit in order to win. She battled prejudice to become the first female fighter in UFC. Now she is the biggest name in the sport, breaking attendance levels and re-writing the history books with her astonishing knockout victories, most in under a minute. She has also forged a successful Hollywood career as an actor. In this honest and inspiring book, Rousey relives her greatest fights and shares her secrets for success and mental toughness. She reveals how we can all be at our best, even on our worst days, and how we can turn our limitations into opportunities. It will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.
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    Candid, outspoken and supremely honest, and including interviews with those close to him, #2Sides is Rio's unique story: from his early days in Peckham, through to picking up the Champions League trophy on a rainy summer's night in Moscow, #2Sides is the tell-all account of an extraordinary and controversial life in the game. On winning and losing; on defending and attacking; on Moyes, management and fellow players; on John Terry, lost friendships and ongoing rivalries; on the love and hate of the beautiful game; and on playing for club, country and for yourself - this is a full spectrum of life at the very top of the footballing tree, and a superb retrospective of a truly fascinating career.
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    'Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'

    Muhammad Ali was not only one of the greatest sporting icons of all time but also one of the biggest influences on 20th century culture. The talented boxer sadly died on 3 June, 2016 but his legacy will live on for a long time to come.

    In this incredible biography, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Thomas Hauser provides a personal tribute to the man who called himself 'The Greatest'. Relying on personal insights, interviews with associates and contemporaries of Ali, along with his own personal memories from working as a boxing journalist, this biography aims to reveal what Ali was like - both in and out of the ring.

    Hauser states that he believes that over the years there has been a deliberate distortion of what Ali believed, said and stood for. In this book, he examines what Ali was actually like and the real reasons he is so universally revered.
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    Not only a gold medal-winning athlete (in fact, he's one of the most successful British Olympians of all time) but also one of the stars of this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, Greg Rutherford tells his story in this revealing autobiography.

    One of the few Brits to have won gold at European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic level, he reveals how his route to the top was not a smooth journey. A reckless teenager who would sometimes sleep rough or car surf, he found an outlet in sport.

    He tells how falling short in the Beijing Olympics inspired him to glory on London 2012's unforgettable 'Super Saturday' and explains how his hard work and dedication paid off. An opinionated and likeable figure, he also offers up his thoughts on current issues surrounding the athletics world including doping.
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    Lewis Hamilton is one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One motor racing. He is just the second British driver to win the World Championship on three occasions and the first to win back-to-back titles. His rise to the top was certainly dramatic, but hardly surprising given his first meeting with the then manager of McLaren, Ron Dennis. Ten-year-old Lewis told Dennis he wanted to drive in Formula One for McLaren and, 12 years later, he was doing just that. Twelve months later, Lewis was, at 23, F1's youngest World Champion. Eleven wins and 16 podium finishes in 19 races in 2014 were more than enough to give him a second World Championship. The following year brought so many landmarks, including the victories in Japan, Russia and United States when he matched his hero Ayrton Senna's total of 41 Grand Prix victories, passed him and then clinched a third World Championship. In 2016 he will compete in his 10th season in Formula One and Lewis Hamilton celebrates this landmark. Written in Bruce Jones's distinctive style, filled with feature quotes and thrilling action photography, this book, fully revised and updated, is perfect for Lewis Hamilton fans of all ages.
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    The official autobiography of the Rio Olympics' golden couple. Through an integrated narrative Laura Trott and Jason Kenny retrace the steps of a journey to gold-medal success at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Told thematically, this book will take the reader behind the scenes of British cycling's Olympic training and preparation (both mentally and physically); the highs and lows, and trials and difficulties of turning professional; the personal sacrifices endured along the way; and how they were individually inspired to take up cycling in the first place. From Bolton and Cheshunt to Beijing, London and Rio, this combined autobiography will have Laura and Jason's relationship at its core, while detailing how being in the unique position of competing in the same sport, but not together or against each other, impacts their lives, and how it can be both a blessing and a curse. It will compare their different experiences of competing at junior level, and explore the roles of family, friends and relationships along the way that led them to the senior circuit, to meeting each other and, eventually, falling in love. Reliving their individual successes at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, and the Olympic performances that cemented their positions at the very top of their sport, Laura and Jason will explain what keeps them motivated, and exactly how one goes about becoming a nation's most successful Olympic athlete. This book will reveal for the first time the people behind the medals and will entertain, encourage and inspire anyone that picks it up.
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    Enter the enthralling world of Olympian Tom Daley. Tom had hearts in mouths when he dived at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he won two gold medals. He is one of Britain's gleaming hopes for gold at the London 2012 Olympics. But there is also a heartbreaking and inspiring story of a young athlete coping with the death of his father whilst under the glare of the world's media spotlight. In this, Tom's first official memoir, he offers unprecedented access to the pressures, challenges and fascinating experiences of a world-class Olympian. From his day-to-day schedule, to his hobbies and family life, to sharing his hopes and dreams in the build up to the London Olympics, this book offers a unique chance to get close to Tom. Featuring exclusive photography, both personal and newly commissioned, this will be the ultimate book for the 2012 Olympics.
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    One of the most popular English cricketers of recent times, Jonathan Trott's Unguarded is an autobiography that not only looks at his sporting successes but also finds him opening up about mental health issues.

    A mainstay during one of England's most successful periods, Jonathan scored a century on his debut to clinch the Ashes in 2009. Despite being a regular and pivotal part of the team, Jonathan left the 2012-13 Ashes tour of Australia as he was suffering from a stress-related illness.

    In this eye-opening memoir, readers will find themselves transported right into the heart of the England dressing room - and into the heart of what it is to be a professional sportsman. From the successes on the field that were followed by a sharp decline to the dangers that pressure and expectation can bring, this is a book all about the rewards and risks that sports stars take...