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The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes by Dan Waddell, Henry Blofeld
The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes
Dan Waddell, Henry Blofeld
Collecting hundreds of quips and quotes, and beautifully illustrated throughout, this is a cricket fan's guide to bats, beards, boundaries and bowls. It also includes witty sayings and wise words, along with legendary moments from cricketing history.
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager
Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes largely unrecorded and undervalued and, in keeping with the gentler ways of his generation, did not seem to mind. It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Battle by Paul O'Connell
The Battle
Paul O'Connell
As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009, and captain of the first Ireland team to defend a Six Nations championship, O'Connell has emerged as perhaps the most beloved of the golden generation of Irish rugby...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion by Rick Broadbent
Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion
Rick Broadbent
Published to mark the 40th anniversary of his second world championship win, this is the Barry Sheene story as told like never before by the people who knew him best. It delves deep into the family history to get inside...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Believe by Nicola Adams
Believe
Nicola Adams
Growing up in Leeds, Nicola stumbled into boxing in her local sports centre while her mum was at aerobics. Age 13 she decided that she would win an Olympic Gold: nobody was going to stop her. Years of relentless training,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Endurance The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zatopek by Rick Broadbent

Endurance The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zatopek
Rick Broadbent
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. With traces of 'Chariots of Fire' and Laura Hillenbrand's 'Unbroken', Endurance is both a wonderful love story...

Barbarian Days A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Barbarian Days A Surfing Life
William Finnegan
Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, a social history,...

Forever Young The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football's Lost Genius by Oliver Kay

Forever Young The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football's Lost Genius
Oliver Kay
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. The great untold story about Manchester United's golden generation. Adrian Doherty was not a typical footballer. For one...

Chasing Shadows The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck by Tim Lane, Elliot Cartledge

Chasing Shadows The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck
Tim Lane, Elliot Cartledge
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. Part biography, part personal reflection and part investigation, Chasing Shadows: The Life And Death Of Peter Roebuck will...

Mr Darley's Arabian High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life: A History of Racing in 25 Horses by Chris McGrath

Mr Darley's Arabian High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life: A History of Racing in 25 Horses
Chris McGrath
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. The story of racing told through the bloodline of twenty-five exceptional horses. With a canvas that extends from...

Find a Way One Untamed and Courageous Life by Diana Nyad

Find a Way One Untamed and Courageous Life
Diana Nyad
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. In the 1970s, Diana Nyad was widely regarded as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world and set...

Mister The Men Who Gave the World the Game by Rory Smith

Mister The Men Who Gave the World the Game
Rory Smith
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. The remarkable story of how British coaches took football to the world, and contine to influence the game...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Artist by Andres Iniesta

The Artist
Andres Iniesta
As intelligent off the field as he is on it, Iniesta offers a uniquely insightful and analytical view of the game he loves so much, from tactics and technique to...

Blindsided by Michael Lynagh, Mark Eglinton

Blindsided
Michael Lynagh, Mark Eglinton
Former Australian rugby union legend and World Cup winner, now acclaimed television sports pundit, on his glittering career in the game - and how close he came to losing his...

Commitment My Autobiography by Didier Drogba

Commitment My Autobiography
Didier Drogba
For the first time, Didier Drogba tells his story in his own words. Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and find out about life on and off the field...

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