Our Christmas Top Picks: Sports Books

Our Christmas Top Picks: Sports Books

How to Build a Car

The world’s foremost designer in Formula One, Adrian Newey OBE is arguably one of Britain’s greatest engineers and this is his fascinating, powerful memoir. How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian’s unrivalled 35-year career in Formula One.

Strongman: My Story

Meet the Beast that beat the Mountain. Eddie `The Beast’ Hall is the biggest name and talent in one of the fastest growing sports. In his remarkable autobiography, Eddie takes you inside the world of the professional strongman – the nutrition, the training and competitions.

Endurance

From the Nasa astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station – what it’s like out there and what it’s like now, back here. Enter Scott Kelly’s fascinating world and dare to think of your own a little differently.

Jenson Button: Life to the Limit

Jenson Button is one of the greatest racing drivers of his generation. His seventeen years in Formula 1 have seen him experience everything the sport has to offer, from nursing underpowered cars around the track to winning World Championships and everything in between.

Get Fit Get Happy

Get Fit, Get Happy isn’t about just transforming the way you look. It’s about transforming the way you feel. Harry Judd is a member of the hugely successful bands McFly and McBusted who have notched up 19 hit singles and 2 number-one albums.

Guy Martin: Worms to Catch

Breaking records on the world’s biggest Wall of Death, cycling 2,745 miles across the length of the United States, attempting to be the fastest person ever on two wheels and travelling to Latvia to investigate his family’s roots, it’s been a busy year for Guy Martin.

Road Racer:It’s in My Blood

Michael Dunlop is quite simply the greatest road racer on the planet. Brother of William, also an accomplished rider, son of the late Robert and nephew of the late great Joey Dunlop, Michael can fairly claim that racing is in his blood.

Gold: My Autobiography

With a show-jumping career spanning over forty years, Nick Skelton is a legend in the equestrian world. No other rider has won so many major competitions on so many different horses and he is as popular at Olympia and Hickstead as he is at Aachen, Geneva, Paris and Spruce Meadows.

Knowing the Score: My Family and Our Tennis Story

From the soggy community courts of Dunblane to the white heat of Centre Court at Wimbledon, Judy Murray’s extraordinary memoir charts the challenges she has faced, from desperate finances and growing pains to entrenched sexism.

Built for Speed

John McGuinness is one of the all-time giants of road racing, with a huge host of victories to his name.This thrilling autobiography gets into the head of the man who stares death in the face, and doesn’t even flinch.

Believe

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

But Seriously: An Autobiography

He is one of the most controversial sportsmen in history and a legend of Open Era tennis. But after reaching the top of his game – what came next? A decade after his international number-one bestseller SERIOUS, John McEnroe is back and ready to talk.

Quiet Genius

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.

Iron Ambition

The story of the relationship between the most devastating heavyweight boxer in history and the mentor who made him.The key to Mike Tyson’s unprecedented success in the ring and in overcoming the demons that success laid in his path was his relationship with Cus D’Amato.

Unbroken

Unbroken is the remarkable true story of a woman who turned trauma and tragedy into hope. The autobiography of 7/7 bombings survivor and GB Paralympian, Martine Wright.

Unstoppable: My Life So Far

The fiercely honest, fearless, darkly funny autobiography of global tennis star Maria Sharapova.Told with the same combative, no-holds-barred attitude as her game, it’s a story of crazy luck, mistakes, survival and, above all, the constant, unwavering determination to win.

Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit

Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit represents the spirit of the Games, upholding a message of self-determination, positivity and sacrifice. These stories of the Invictus athletes will inspire you, give you the courage and determination to succeed.

A Clear Blue Sky

An emotionally rich, moving and nuanced memoir from the Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper. As a young boy of eight, Jonny Bairstow was dealt a cruel blow.

Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball is a captivating and humorous memoir by Billy Vunipola, one of the stars of England’s recent rugby renaissance, and will be enjoyed by those who have read the recent autobiographies by Jonny Wilkinson, Brian O’Driscoll, Dan Carter and Paul O’Connell.

Football: My Life, My Passion

Graeme Souness is a Glasgow Rangers icon, and a Liverpool legend in the same bracket as Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.He has racked up getting on for fifty years in and around the world of professional football.

In the Line of Fire

Warren Gatland’s In the Line of Fire is the ultimate chronicle of this summer’s remarkable Lions tour to New Zealand – home of the fearsome All Blacks, the double world champions – which culminated in an historic and nerve-shredding series draw.

The Greatest

What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform?

Ascent

Sir Chris Bonington memoir Ascent will chart not only his many triumphs in the climbing world – such as the Eiger, and the Himalaya – but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family, and maintaining a successful and loving marriage.

Steadfast: My Story

Lizzie Armitstead takes the reader to the heart of the most demanding of endurance sports and the challenges faced by one of its most gifted competitors: from sexism and the fight for equality, to doping and the incredible sacrifices required to self-coach herself to world titles.

Simon Hill: A Life In Football

Landing his first job at a local radio station in south Wales, Simon Hills’ career progressed to BBC local radio and eventually BBC World Service and BBC Radio Five Live – working as both a presenter and commentator on Premiership and European football.

Watching the Wheels

In 1996, Damon Hill was crowned Formula One World Champion. For the first time ever he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport.

A Life in Football

Not a standard footballer’s autobiography, Ian Wright’s memoir is a thoughtful and gripping insight into a Highbury Hero and one of the greatest sports stars of recent years.

No Nonsense

So, you think you know Joey Barton. Think again. No Nonsense is a game-changing autobiography which will redefine the most fascinating figure in British football.

My Turn

Johan Cruyff is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. Throughout his playing career, he was synonymous with Total Football, a style of play in which every player could play in any position on the pitch.

It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager

After 40 years in football management, there’s not a lot I haven’t seen. There’ve been big highs, but a fair share of lows too. When I have to make difficult decisions, I make a point of avoiding newspapers, phone-ins, Twitter – all of it.

I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Full of wicked one-liners and amazing stories, Zlatan lifts the lid on some of the biggest names in football, including Guardiola, Messi and his new manager, Jose Mourinho.Moving, funny and totally frank, I am Zlatan is unlike any autobiography you have ever read.

Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story

An ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Yet a few years ago, things couldn’t have been any more different.

The Romford Pele

The Trophies …The Tuesday Club …The Prawn Crackers …Marc Overmars may have given him the nickname, but the Romford Pele is a legend in his own right.

Touched By God: How We Won the Mexico ’86 World Cup

Mexico ’86 is Maradona’s World Cup and Maradona is who he is because of that World Cup. Explosive, gritty and unapologetic, Touched by God will tell the inside story of one of the greatest football victories of all time.

Different Class

In 1977, Laurie Cunningham became the first black footballer to play professionally for England and, two years later, went on to become the first Englishman to play for Real Madrid.

Eat Sweat Play

Covering a fascinating range of women, from Sporty Spice to mums who box and breastfeed, Eat Sweat Play reveals how women are finally reclaiming sport, and by extension their own bodies, for themselves – and how you can too.

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir is a fresh, revealing and personal account of the life of the most important and enduring cultural figures of our age. An icon of boxing who has inspired the biggest names in boxing.

The Lions: When the Going Gets Tough

2017 sees the latest contest between the British Lions and New Zealand – the ultimate rugby clash between the northern and southern hemisphere. Ian McGeechan is the ‘Ultimate Lion’, and no one could have done more than McGeechan to promote the magic of the Lions.

Crazy: My Road to Redemption

Chris Lewis played in 32 Test Matches and 53 One-Day Internationals for England. At one point he was regarded as one of the best all-round cricketers the country has ever produced.

The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes

Collecting hundreds of quips and quotes, and beautifully illustrated throughout, The Test Match Special Book of Cricket Quotes is a cricket fan’s indispensable guide to bats, beards, boundaries and bowls.

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