• Canoeing & kayaking
      March 2016

      Kayak Across The Atlantic

      by Pete Bray

      This first-hand account of an epic voyage across the North Atlantic ocean in a kayak in 2001 tells the story of Pete Bray's successful attempt to make the first ever solo unsupported crossing in a paddle-powered kayak. The author's first attempt a year earlier ended abruptly off the coast of Newfoundland when he had to be rescued. Kayak Across The Atlantic vividly describes the pain and discomfort he endured during his second attempt, encountering some of the worst weather for many years, and his sheer determination to succeed during the 76 days he was at sea.

    • Multidiscipline sports
      January 2011

      Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run

      My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman

      by Andy Holgate

      A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run make up the Ironman triathlon. It’s not for the faint-hearted. What possesses an overweight, thirty-something librarian who can’t swim, doesn’t own a bike and has two dodgy knees to take on the hardest one-day endurance race in the world? Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run is the story of Andy Holgate’s inspirational, epic and life-changing journey to become an Ironman. Lubricant, alligators, rubber suits, blisters, pirates, extreme weather, Elvis, tragedy, romance, flesh-eating amoebas, crashes, hospital visits and perhaps the most unusual stag weekend in history all play a part in this amusing and moving tale of one normal bloke’s quest to arrive at his wedding intact. Oh yeah, that’s right, Andy is due to get married seven days after the biggest physical challenge of his life. Will he make it down the aisle in one piece?

    • Combat sports & self-defence
      June 2010

      Wrestling's 101 Strangest Matches

      by Oliver Hurley

      There’s nothing else in the world of sport or pantomime to compare with the manic mat mayhem of pro wrestling, which amalgamates high-flying stunts with melodrama, spandex, bodybuilding and blood – and sometimes it gets really weird. Wrestling’s 101 Strangest Matches scours 100 years of history to reveal bouts that bordered on the unbelievable. Take the grappler who lost his foot in the middle of a match, the bout that took place in an exploding swimming pool, or the baroque carnage of ultraviolent deathmatches – and then sprinkle liberally with double-crosses, drunkenness, riots, time travel, broken rings and broken bones. Boasting an impressive breadth of coverage which takes in old-school British wrestling and present-day WWE, the bill features Hulk Hogan, Kendo Nagasaki, Muhammad Ali, a wrestling robot and a monkey. Many of the stars and bizarre attractions submit to revealing interviews in a celebration of the grap game at its very strangest.

    • Golf
      January 2008

      Golfer's Manual, The

      The Quintessential Guide to Rules, Scoring, Handicapping and Etiquette

      by Paige Warr

      Packed with essential information and fully updated for 2014, The Golfer's Manual is the perfect reference book to have on the bookshelf or in your golf bag. It includes advice on the rules, on scoring, handicapping and etiquette; there’s a hints and tips section, and a glossary of golfing terms. What is your driver’s swing weight, and its Coefficient of Restitution? When is it permissible to remove stones near your ball in a bunker? What if your opponent accidentally plays your ball in stroke play? If you don’t already know, then it’s probably time you found out how a Daytona and a stableford greensome work – as well as how to locate your nearest point of maximum available relief! The Golfer's Manual is a comprehensive and thought-provoking guide aimed at golfers of all levels, but will be particularly helpful to beginners and novices.

    • Boxing
      October 2013

      Marvelous

      The Marvin Hagler Story

      by Brian and Damian Hughes

      Marvelous Marvin Hagler is a sporting legend. Often called the greatest middleweight boxer of all time, he held the world title for 12 defences, including bouts with Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran which entered fistic folklore. From his wild early fights in the boxing wilderness of Brockton, Massachusetts, Brian and Damian Hughes trace the blazing trail of Hagler's career: the controversial defeats subsequently avenged, a riot-scarred title win in London, and his unification of the middleweight crown. Hagler became a huge favourite, taking on all comers while never taking a step back. And so to The Ring magazine's "greatest round of all time" against Hearns, his ferocious battle with Duran, and the still-controversial loss to his nemesis Leonard. Marvelous tells the story of Hagler's extraordinary life for the first time, separating truth from myth to get right to the heart of a complex and charismatic man.

    • Multidiscipline sports
      January 2013

      Can't Sleep, Can't Train, Can't Stop

      More Misadventures in Triathlon

      by Andy Holgate

      A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run makes the Ironman triathlon one of the hardest one-day endurance challenges on the planet. Now take those events and transfer them to a volcanic rock with cruel winds, searing sun, rough seas and nosebleed-inducing hills, and you have Ironman Lanzarote. Why, then, would Andy Holgate - who admittedly has never swum in the sea, who can't cope with the wind, sun or even stairs - take on such an extreme challenge? Simple: because he can. Can't Sleep, Can't Train, Can't Stop! continues Andy's inspirational journey from where Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run left off, chronicling his attempt to complete two Ironman triathlons six weeks apart. Already in his fortieth year, would Andy make it to his forty-first? Would Lanzarote prove one triathlon too far - or will Andy succeed against the odds and live to swim, ride and run another day?

    • Sports & outdoor recreation
      January 2015

      Lazy Runner, The

      How I Got Off the Sofa and Ran a Sub-4 Marathon

      by Laura Fountain

      The Lazy Runner follows Laura Fountain from starting out as a novice runner - unfit, clueless about running, and incredibly lazy - to finishing her first marathon, and beyond. At first unable to run 400 metres without stopping, Laura has now completed five marathons, the most recent in under four hours. Along the way, Laura learns countless lessons about running, most of them the hard way. But most importantly this self-confessed couch potato learns to love running. As well as offering inspiration and motivation to get out there and run, her book offers tips on how to make running easier and more enjoyable. Offering practical information on buying the right kit, choosing the best race and what to do on race day, it also tackles the important running questions you might be embarrassed to ask - like when will it get easier? And what happens if I need the toilet?

    • Boxing
      September 2014

      Road to Nowhere, The

      A Journey Through Boxing's Wastelands

      by Tris Dixon

      In the era of boxing's pay-per-view superstars, Tris Dixon invested in a Greyhound bus pass and spent several months traversing America on a shoestring budget, tracking down fighters from yesteryear who had vanished from the limelight. Venturing from New York to Las Vegas and from Toronto to Miami, the young writer - himself a former amateur boxer - sought out coulda-beencontenders and cult heroes from the 1950s to the 2000s, all now faded from popular memory. He visited old people's homes, gyms and too many prisons, discovering that life after boxing can be a cruel place when the ropes are no longer in place to keep fighters safe from the outside world. Dixon meets men who shaped boxing history, fighting the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. He shares their memories and weaves together their forgotten tales over the course of a remarkable American journey.

    • Walking, hiking, trekking
      September 2012

      Walking in Extremadura

      Discover Spain's Secret Paradise

      by Gisela Radant Wood

      Walking in Extremadura is the first book in English describing routes in this beautiful but little-known region of Spain. Many are only walked by local people who keep the paths open. Information on some routes exists in Spanish but there has been little for visiting walkers until this book which makes it a landmark title. Key features of the book are: 27 walking routes in six diverse areas of the provincia with a further 20 recommended. Smaller linked walks offering a circular route of over 50 kilometres. Clear and detailed route notes with pointers as to what to look out for on the way. Spanish Geographical Institute maps and GPS references. Three historical city walks, two of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites Notes on flora and fauna and items of historical interest. Beyond its impressive topography what strikes and intrigues most about Extremadura is the element of 'inaccessability' that characterises it. Despite its impressive network of modern roads, exploration on foot is still the best way of uncovering its secrets. This book is addressed to those enterprising walkers who wish to uncover those secrets in this manner. Author's Note: Gisela Radant Wood has lived in the Sierra Montánchez since 2006 where she spends her time, as she herself puts it, "living the countryside life". This is her first book.

    • Cricket
      January 2015

      Second XI

      Cricket In Its Outposts

      by Tim Wigmore, Peter Miller, Gideon Haigh, Sahil Dutta and Tim Brooks

      As the world's second most popular sport, cricket is much richer and more diverse than many realise. Globally, passionate players give up holidays, time with loved ones and hard-earned money to achieve the extraordinary and play for their country. Afghanistan, whose captain grew up on a refugee camp, will play in the 2015 World Cup not just in spite of the Taliban but partly because of them. In Ireland, cricket has reawakened after a century of dormancy - but can they achieve their aim of Test cricket and end the player drain to England? These tales resonate far beyond cricket, touching on war, sectarianism and even women's rights. This book explains why an Emirati faced Allan Donald armed only with a sunhat; whether cricket will succeed in China and America; what happened when Kenya reached the World Cup semi-finals, and how cricket in the Netherlands almost collapsed after two bad days.

    • Cricket
      March 2015

      Sundial in the Shade

      The Story of Barry Richards: the Genius Lost to Test Cricket

      by Andrew Murtagh

      As a former county player, Andrew Murtagh is often asked, 'who is the best batsman he has ever played with or against?' His answer is always unequivocal - 'Richards.' And then comes the inevitable rider - 'Barry, that is, not Viv.' It is a travesty that the cricket world has largely forgotten Barry Richards - a cricketing genius. Debuting for South Africa in 1970, his run-scoring, technique and audacious, extravagant strokeplay took the breath away. A glittering international career beckoned. However, the apartheid storm burst, and Richards had played his first and last Test series. Consigned to plying his trade for Hampshire, Natal and South Australia, Richards became increasingly frustrated and disenchanted with the game he had loved. Following retirement, personal tragedy and professional controversy continued to stalk him, though he has now come to an uneasy acceptance that he will be forever known as the genius lost to Test cricket.

    • Boxing
      April 2015

      Ali Files, The

      His Fights, His Foes, His Fees, His Feats, His Fate

      by Norman Giller

      This book is for all Ali fans. It's more than thirty years since Muhammad Ali last threw a punch, yet he remains unquestionably the best-known sportsman of all time. A whole generation now only know the legend of The Greatest, never saw him fight, and yet are in awe of the man and his fantastic fistic feats. The Ali Files gives the facts behind the fable. Author Norman Giller became friends with Ali when he worked as his European publicist, and he has gathered many other intimate eyewitnesses - opponents, referees, trainers, sparring partners, celebrity fans and ringside reporters - to Ali's astonishing adventures in and out of the ring. Millions of words have been written about ringmaster Ali, but few books have concentrated on the 61 professional contests that turned him into a sporting legend. The Ali Files will give you a ringside seat to the greatest boxing career of all time.

    • Football (Soccer, Association football)
      April 2015

      United in Europe

      Manchester United's Complete European Record

      by Chris Davies

      Manchester United were England's first representatives in the European Cup back in September, 1956. No English club has played more games in Europe and FIFA's global club competitions than United. United in Europe gives you more details, more names, more facts, more stats than ever before. It tells you who played in every game - United and their opponents. It tells you why United blamed Bruce Springsteen for a Champions League defeat. It details every team sheet at European and inter-continental level over a glorious period of almost 60 years. Who has scored the most goals for United in each competition? Why did United play home ties at Maine Road and Plymouth? How every United manager fared at the highest level in European football and much, much more.

    • Boxing
      July 2015

      Dempsey and the Wild Bull

      The Four Minute Fight of the Century

      by John Jarrett

      They still call it the most sensational fight ever for the world heavyweight championship, between champion Jack Dempsey and his hammer-fisted Argentine challenger, Luis Angel Firpo. Back in the Roaring Twenties, 85,000 packed into New York's Polo Grounds to see all three minutes fifty-seven seconds of it. Nobody asked for their money back. In the first round Firpo was floored seven times, but got up to deck the champion, then knocked him clean into the press section. Pushed back into the ring as the count reached nine, the champion survived the round, thinking he had been knocked out. In round two, Dempsey knocked Firpo out in fifty-seven seconds. The four-minute Fight of the Century was over! 'The Wild Bull of the Pampas' became Argentina's most famous citizen, after the infamous Perons. Dempsey, half a million dollars richer, rested and rusted for three years before losing his title to Gene Tunney.

    • Sports & outdoor recreation
      July 2015

      Four Hundred Words at Five-Thirty with 'Nannies'

      Inside the Lost World of Sports Journalism

      by Peter Bills

      Peter Bills has spent the past 40 years writing about rugby for newspapers in Britain and around the world. He now shares his extraordinary experiences from a career blessed with an indecent amount of fun, unleashing a barrage of anecdotes and lifting the lid on the hidden world of sportswriting - on the characters, stars and their amazing stories. As a leading freelance writer, Peter learned the wiliest tricks of his trade. Whether conning French police, dashing between airports or collecting crazy interviews, his life has been an incredible series of escapades. The 70s, 80s and 90s were the halcyon days of sports journalism, when reporters could rove worldwide with a typewriter and a licence to set the sporting agenda. Peter Bills has been an ever-present observer throughout rugby's greatest era, collaborating on the autobiographies of many of its greatest stars. His own behind-the-scenes memoir is informative, irreverent and hugely entertaining.

    • Football (Soccer, Association football)
      August 2015

      We're Everywhere, Us

      Liverpool's 2014/15 Season Told Through the Stories of Fans and Foe

      by Sachin Nakrani and Karl Coppack

      A diary of Liverpool Football Club's 2014/15 season, with a difference. The book may kick off with a chapter on the season opener and end with the last game; but this diary isn't written by a single author. Nor does it focus heavily on the actual football. Instead, We're Everywhere, Us is a collaboration - a compilation of pieces offering a different personal take on what it means to support Liverpool. Friendship. Family. Travel. Tragedy. Work. Each piece is a long, rich read, completely unique and distinct from those that precede and follow it. Some of the finest writers on Liverpool FC are involved, including Kevin Sampson, Simon Hughes, Tony Evans, Gareth Roberts and Mike Nevin. There are also contributions from Liverpool supporters living abroad, which gives We're Everywhere, Us a truly international feel - while opposition fans add yet another perspective on Liverpool FC's season, our captivating city and proud history.

    • Sports & outdoor recreation
      September 2015

      Trading Secrets

      Squash Greats Recall Their Greatest Duels

      by Rod Gilmour

      The greatest names in squash describe their most famous matches, the stories behind their success, the legendary training secrets and physical attributes that made them champions. From Pakistani great Azam Khan and the extraordinary story of how he came to Britain, Trading Secrets follows the emergence of Geoff Hunt and Jonah Barrington, two players who took fitness and sporting rivalry to a new level in the 60s and 70s. Their rivalry ignited the back pages of newspapers across the globe. Trading Secrets also lifts the lid on the stars' secrets in a sport that is slowly rediscovering its lustre after several decades in the wilderness. Reflecting this popular resurgence, the book looks at the battles of Peter Nicol, Britain's first world champion, and Canadian magician Jonathon Power before the likes of Nick Matthew and Ramy Ashour recall the matches which have transcended them into modern greats of the game. Their duels have been brought to life with archived reports from squash's correspondents of the time.

    • Rugby football
      September 2015

      Rugby World Cup Greatest Games

      A History in 50 Matches

      by Rob Clark

      The Rugby World Cup has only been in existence since 1987, yet already it is established as the sport's premier competition - six weeks of frenzied action which entrances all the rugby-playing nations. The tournament has thrown up countless memorable matches, introduced us to amazing players and witnessed some incredible scores - from Michael Jones scoring the first World Cup try to the legendary All Blacks regaining the trophy in a titanic struggle with France 24 years later. In between we have witnessed two triumphs each for Australia and South Africa, and of course England's sole victory for a Northern Hemisphere side. To date. Relive France's spectacular wins over Australia and New Zealand; Argentina's repeated upsetting of the world order; last-minute drop goals by Joel Stransky and Jonny Wilkinson, and the sheer exuberance of the Pacific Islanders - in a Rugby World Cup history which will appeal to fans of every nation.

    • Football (Soccer, Association football)
      March 2013

      FA Cup Miscellany

      Trivia, History, Facts & Stats from Football's Most Famous Cup

      by Michael Keane

      The FA Cup Miscellany collects together all the vital information you never knew you needed to know about the world's oldest cup competition. In these pages you will find irresistible anecdotes and the most mindblowing stats and facts. Heard the one about the referee who had to hide in a broom cupboard from a furious, naked goalkeeper? How about the gypsy curse that lasted for decades? Or the time Jeremy Paxman tackled Kenny Dalglish? Do you know how an FA Cup quarter-final between Notts County and Stoke changed football forever? Which current player has a winner's medal for every day of the week? Or how a fragile corner flag stopped some Spartans from marching on? All these stories and hundreds more appear in a brilliantly researched collection of trivia - essential for any football fan who holds the riches of almost 140 years of Cup culture close to their heart.

    • Sports & outdoor recreation
      August 2009

      Formula One On This Day

      History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year

      by Rob Burnett

      Formula One On This Day revisits many of the sport’s most magical and memorable moments which might otherwise have slipped under the radar. Here are hundreds of unusual highlights, all mixed in with a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistibly dippable F1 diary – with an entry for every day of the year. Revisit the day Alberto Ascari took an unplanned dip in Monaco harbour along with his Lancia during the 1955 race; the race which saw Taki Inoue tangling with the course marshal’s car, and Nigel Mansell’s unlikely first win for Ferrari! Recalling events that will make you laugh, cry, or shake your head in disbelief, Formula One On This Day benefits from brilliant research, gathering together many original stories and tit-bits to create a snapshot of the diverse and often bizarre world of top-class motor-racing.

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