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Read more about your favourite sports or sportsmen and women with a unique perspective on their careers from the comfort of your sofa with this range of recommended books. Whether you’re a football fan, rugby reveller or fishing follower, we have a great read for you!
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2009. A vivid portrait of the Sport of Kings. It tells the fascinating story of a champion racehorse and the era in which he raced. His influence is such that, 200 years later, ninety-five per cent of horses racing today are his male-line descendants.
The long awaited autobiography of Bobby Charlton kicks off (excuse the pun) with Volume 1 and his years at Manchester United. This covers the lows with the tragedy of the Munich air disaster in 1958 and the highs with the thrill of winning the 1968 European Cup final. There are plenty of triumphs, losses and anecdotes for Charlton to recall, and the love he has for the club and the game is evident in every page.
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 1 June. Using lessons he has learnt from his career as the world's most sucessful and well known chess players Kasparov shows the reader how to be more sucessful in life.
Ever wondered whether there's a science to successful football? If so, then this is the book for you. With examples from some of the best-known games of the past fifty years, How to Score puts a novel spin on the beautiful game.
An inspiring book in many ways, Dave Clarke’s story of sailing across the Atlantic in a renovated 18 foot yacht is a joy to read. This book is about a chap with a lot of determination and enthusiasm who wanted to make his dream a reality and was not going to keep putting it off with excuses that could be there for years to come. Clarke is an ordinary bloke fulfilling an extraordinary dream and tells his tale with honesty and humour.
Did you know that the first FA Cup Final was attended by just 2000 people? Want to know more? This is a wonderful book for any football fans out there interested in the history of the game, facts and figures, football trivia and much, much more. It is beautifully illustrated with photos of football memorabilia and reproductions of cartoons and illustrations from the glorious game.
The long-awaited autobiography of one of England's glorious World Cup winners, published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of England's triumph.
You do not have to be a cricket fan to thoroughly enjoy this book. Angus Bell makes his way across Central and Eastern Europe, playing cricket with teams from across the continent. He has a real knack for story telling and makes this a thoroughly absorbing, hilarious, exuberant romp through some very dodgy places. The book is filled with pictures form his travels which further brings alive the various characters he meets on this hilarious journey of cricket and discovery.
The autobiography of a true British hero, Black, White & Gold is inspiring reading for anyone ineterested in athletics or in fulfilling a dream. Dame Kelly Holmes writes openly about her life and achievements. From her mixed-race background, to her army career, her famous double gold triumph in the 2004 Olympics, and her recent retirement from athletics, this book charts the human emotions behind her indomitable outward personality.
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2006. Lyrically written prose is the hallmark of Andrew Greig’s writing and this one is no exception. Mixing his passions of Scotland and golf he provides a vivid and convincing portrait of why Scotland and golf are as one. Golfers and non-golfers alike will love this book.
This is a detailed history of the England football team, from the first international matches at the end of the nineteenth century up to the present day. It vividly brings to life many important games and also provides fascinating insights into the behind-the-scenes politics.
Are you well prepared for the kick off. Do you think you know it all? Through the 1000 plus questions you can test yourself and find out if you really do have all the answers at your finger tips. After a few easy questions just as a bit if a warm up, there are literary hundreds of medium and difficult questions to tax your brain and test your knowledge. Fun for all and useful for turning anyone and everyone into an instant expert.
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!