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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!

The Man and His Bike Musings on life and the art of cycling

The Man and His Bike Musings on life and the art of cycling

Author: Wilfried de Jong Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

In this award-winning collection of cycling tales, Wilfried de Jong uncovers the true soul of cycling - why we do it, why we watch it, why we hate it, why we love it - stripped bare. With his distinctly comic and melancholic charm Wilfried ponders life, love and death on his trusted bike, chasing the essence of our existence against the backdrop of major cycling events or while roaming alone in nature. Whether he is describing being ejected from Paris-Roubaix, a terminal incident with a bird while out riding, or explaining why he is standing stark naked on Belgian cobbles with a tyre in his hand, Wilfried unlocks a sport that involves so much pain, punishment, and a high probability of failure, but that will always liberate and inspire us.

Ali: A Life

Ali: A Life

Author: Jonathan Eig Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2017

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017  The first truly definitive biography of Muhammad Ali, the most iconic and significant sporting figure of the twentieth century. William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 is Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire by Andy McGrath, publsihed by cycling specialist Raph Editions Other shortlisted books for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 were: The Greatest Combeack: From Genocide to Football Glory by David Bolchover (Biteback Publishing) Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster) Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloombsury) Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloomsbury) Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao (Doubleday, Transworld) Breaking Ground: Art, Archaelogy and Mythology edited by Neville Gabie, Alan Ward and Jason Wood (Axis Projects)  Last year the prize was won by Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Corsair)

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Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit

Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit

Author: Boris Starling Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2017

October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month Published a few days before the start of the 3rd Invictus Games in Toronto where around 550 competitors – all “wounded warriors” will be competing. This is their story told by some of those who’ve taken part in the games. As the author Boris Starling says, Invictus is different to the Paralympic games, firstly those injured in both mind and body can take part, they have a military background and there is a greater emphasis on just being there and doing your best. It highlights just what these men and women have been through, their support - both medical and personal and what the games mean to them. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading The True Story of Great Britain’s Paralympic Heroes by Cathy Wood A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond by Emily Mayhew

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Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography

Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography

Author: Patrick Barclay Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Sir Matt Busby, the legendary Manchester United manager who saw the team through unprecedented glory, as well as profound tragedy, made the club the global entity it is today.

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Tom Simpson Bird On The Wire

Tom Simpson Bird On The Wire

Author: Andy McGrath Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017  published by cycling specialist Raph Editions What the judges said: 'gives fresh insight into the life of trailblazer Tom Simpson, the first Briton to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey, 50 years after his tragic death'. In the foreword to the title, Sir Bradley Wiggins said: "As a British cyclist, your identity is massively informed by him, so it goes without saying that he was instrumental in my 2012 Tour de France victory." Tom Simpson is British cycling's greatest icon. Fifty years after he conquered the continental sporting scene, he still captivates people around the world. After his dramatic death on Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France, amphetamines and alcohol were found in his system, a fact which often dwarfs his pioneering achievements. The other shortlist titles the Simpson book beat were:- The Greatest Combeack: From Genocide to Football Glory by David Bolchover (Biteback Publishing) Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster) Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloombsury) Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloomsbury) Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao (Doubleday, Transworld) Breaking Ground: Art, Archaelogy and Mythology edited by Neville Gabie, Alan Ward and Jason Wood (Axis Projects)  Last year the prize was won by Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Corsair)

The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes

The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes

Author: Dan Waddell, Henry Blofeld Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2017

From witty sayings and wise words, to doubles entendres, and legendary moments from cricketing history, you'll find the perfect line for every occasion. I've never got to the bottom of streaking. (Jonathan Agnew). On the first day Logie decided to chance his arm and it came off. (Trevor Bailey). Bill Frindall has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator. (John Arlott). Strangely, in slow motion, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer. (David Acfield). I'm not into caps with lots of diamonds on them, like KP. (James Anderson). How can you tell your wife you are just popping out to play a match and then not come back for five days? (Rafa Benitez on test cricket). I don't think we choked this time. We never played well enough to choke. (Craig Matthews). Flintoff starts in, his shadow beside him. Where else would it be? (Henry Blofeld). I once delivered a simple ball, which I was told, had it gone far enough, would have been considered a wide. (Lewis Carroll).

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Believe

Believe

Author: Nicola Adams Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

At London 2012, Nicola Adams made history. The flyweight boxer - nicknamed the smiling assassin - becamethe first ever woman to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing. In Rio 2016, with the nation cheering her on, she did it all over again.

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Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion

Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion

Author: Rick Broadbent Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Barry Sheene is arguably the greatest British motorcycle racing rider of all time. A chancer, lovable rogue and the leading sports star of his era, adored by the public and press alike, he won two world motorcycle championships in 1976 and 1977. He achieved iconic status by being involved in some horrific crashes and was dubbed 'the bionic man' on account of the amount of metal used to reconstruct his legs after a particularly bad accident. He later emigrated to Australia and became a leading commentator. He died of cancer in 2003. For the first time Barry's widow, Stephanie, and family have agreed to open up their personal archive to give an unprecedented insight into the two-time 500cc world champion. Via private photographs, memorabilia and letters, award-winning Times journalist and author Rick Broadbent will tell the story of a remarkable man in unprecedented fashion. Rick Broadbent will paint a portrait of one of the sport's most charismatic figures through the voices of the people who knew him best: his family, his fellow competitors, teammates and the many legends who have admired him from a distance in the years since his death. A celebrated motorcycle racing author, Rick Broadbent is perfectly placed to write Sheene's story and he will have exclusive access to the family archives and photographs.

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The Battle

The Battle

Author: Paul O'Connell Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

The revelatory autobiography of a rugby colossus: Paul O'Connell There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. He is synonymous with passion, heart and determination; but he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game.

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Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager

Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager

Author: Ian Herbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017  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 reveals an individual who seemed out of keeping with the brash, celebrity sport football was becoming, and who succeeded on his own terms. Three decades on from his death, it is a football story that demands to be told. William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 is  Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire by Andy McGrath, publsihed by cycling specialist Raph Editions Other shortlisted books for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 were: The Greatest Combeack: From Genocide to Football Glory by David Bolchover (Biteback Publishing) Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster) Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloombsury) Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloomsbury) Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao (Doubleday, Transworld) Breaking Ground: Art, Archaelogy and Mythology edited by Neville Gabie, Alan Ward and Jason Wood (Axis Projects)  Last year the prize was won by Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Corsair)

Swell A Waterbiography SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

Swell A Waterbiography SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

Author: Jenny Landreth Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017  A funny and bold account of how women fought their way into the water, and of what they did once they got there. William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 is  Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire by Andy McGrath, publsihed by cycling specialist Raph Editions Other shortlisted books for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 were: The Greatest Combeack: From Genocide to Football Glory by David Bolchover (Biteback Publishing) Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster) Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloombsury) Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloomsbury) Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao (Doubleday, Transworld) Breaking Ground: Art, Archaelogy and Mythology edited by Neville Gabie, Alan Ward and Jason Wood (Axis Projects)  Last year the prize was won by Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Corsair)  

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Quiet Genius

Quiet Genius

Author: Ian Herbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017  The full story of the man who brought unprecedented - and since unmatched - success to Liverpool FC Bob Paisley was the quiet man in the flat cap who swept all domestic and European opposition aside and produced arguably the greatest club team that Britain has ever known. William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 is  Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire by Andy McGrath, publsihed by cycling specialist Raph Editions Other shortlisted books for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 were: The Greatest Combeack: From Genocid to Football Glory by David Bolchover (Biteback Publishing) Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster) Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloombsury) Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloomsbury) Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao (Doubleday, Transworld) Breaking Ground: Art, Archaelogy and Mythology edited by Neville Gable, Alan Ward and Jason Wood (Axis Projects)  Last year the prize was won by Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Corsair)

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