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This Month's Featured Books

A Man's World The Double Life of Emile Griffith
Donald McRae
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. In Donald McRae's first sports book in more than a decade, he weaves a compelling tale of triumph over prejudice in abrilliant account of the boxer who broke...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
Fire in Babylon How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet
Simon Lister
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. Cricket had never been played like this. The West Indies had always had brilliant cricketers; it hadn't always had brilliant cricket teams. But in 1974, a man called...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
Fifty-Six The Story of the Bradford Fire
Martin Fletcher
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. This book tells the gripping, extraordinary in-depth story of a boy's unthinkable loss following a spring afternoon at a football match, of how fifty-six people could die at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
Speed Kings
Andy Bull
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. In the 1930s, as the world hurtled towards terrible global conflict, speed was all the rage. It was described by Aldous Huxley as 'the one genuinely modern pleasure',...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
Living on the Volcano The Secrets of Surviving as a Football Manager
Michael Calvin
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. Living on the Volcano charts the progress of more than 20 managers, in different circumstances and in different phases of their career. Some, like Brendan Rodgers and Roberto...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
Bringing Home the Ashes Winning with England
Joe Root
Bringing Home the Ashes is the inside story of one of the finest young talents in world cricket, told with the intelligence, personality and determination that characterise Root's performances at the crease.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
The Game of Our Lives The Meaning and Making of English Football
David Goldblatt
Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. In this sparkling book David Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon tracks the momentous economic, social and political changes of the post-Thatcherite era in a more illuminating manner...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson puts across some of the lessons he's learned during his long career in Football. Throughout the book he references football - the players, the money, the owners, the sheer pitfalls of running huge organisations. It's a path he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/11/2015
But Seriously
John McEnroe
10 years ago, John McEnroe published his bestselling autobiography, Serious. Now in But Seriously he describes his life as he adjusts to a future off the tennis court. It’s a personal reflection but the book also outlines the motivational...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/11/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

England Rugby Heroes
Julian Bennetts
Drawing on almost 150 years of rich rugby heritage and featuring more than 70 carefully crafted biographies, this book describes each player's career, the highlights and their special skills.

What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour Great Tales from My Rugby Travels
Brian Moore
Renowned English rugby player Brian Moore recalls his mischievous misadventures on tour, and provides hard-won tips to avoid trouble. To help readers get the best out of any tour, Moore...

My Story
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard - legendary captain of Liverpool and England - tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football....

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Yellow Jersey Club
Edward Pickering
What does it take to accumulate such great mental strength, skill and endurance? What are the differences as well as the key factors in common? What sets these men apart...

Louis Van Gaal The Biography
Maarten Meijer
Louis Van Gaal led the young Ajax team he moulded to Champions League glory in 1995, went on to win titles across Europe with Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich...

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove...

Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius
John Carlin
Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. As the Independent Newspaper’s South African Bureau Chief from 1989-1995, John Carlin has extensive knowledge of...
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Can I Kick It?

They are role models, heroes, spokespeople for major brands, they get millions in sponsorship, their personal lives are plastered over the gossip columns, they are at the top of their professions and love them or hate them, they’re all over our newspapers, TVs, PCs and radios. This section has everything the armchair enthusiast could wish for. Myth-busting biographies (Beware of the Dog by Brian Moore), detailed histories (A History of Football in 100 Objects by Gavin Mortimer), personal accounts of huge moments (Black White & Gold by Kelly Holmes), and atmospheric tributes to beloved games (A Last English Summer by Duncan Hamilton. This is the inside track on the lives, loves, losses and victories of some of the world’s most physically talented people, and the games they love to play.

Get into your favourite armchair, plump up the cushions, have a nice cup of tea and dive in. Just make sure you don’t pull a muscle!