No Spin: My Autobiography by Shane Warne

One of cricket’s greatest living legends, Warne tells his story for the first time in this book, covering his sporting career and the controversies he faced while a player. Although he often proved a thorn in England’s side during almost 20 years of Ashes defeats, this is a book for anyone who admires Warne’s talent and the game of cricket.

How to be a Footballer by Peter Crouch

Most of the time - including during the World Cup, the Euros, the Champions League, every weekend during the season - football is no laughing matter. This book is not one of those times. Crouch splits the life of a footballer into various chapters, from superstitions to haircuts via endorsements and music, and fills How to be a Footballer with humorous anecdotes. If you weren’t a Crouch fan before you will be after reading this.

We Need to Weaken the Mixture by Guy Martin

The latest book from professional truck mechanic and racer Martin is a continuation of his memoirs. Since the last book, he’s restored a 1983 Williams F1 car then raced Jenson Button in it, ridden with Putin's favourite biker gang, saved his local pub from closure and become a dad. This is more than just a book about car racing, it’s a book about life told by a man who lives it to the fullest.

Believe by Nicola Adams

Adams came to most people’s attention during the London 2012 Olympic Games, when she became the first woman ever to win an Olympic Gold for boxing, an achievement she repeated at Rio 2016. In Believe, Adams shares the story of how she overcame injury, prejudice and defeat to become one of Britain’s best-loved athletes. As well as inspiring with her story, Believe also contains training tips on how to be strong in mind and body, whether you’re a boxer or not.

A Boy in the Water by Tom Gregory

This is the story of Tom Gregory who, aged just 11 and only four years after learning to swim, swam from France to England in 1988; he still holds the record for being the youngest person to ever do so. Although it’s the story of a swimmer, this isn’t a book just for swim fans - it’s the story of a friendship between Gregory and his coach John Bullet, as well as a love letter to childhood. Perfect for anyone who wants to be inspired to do something that seems impossible.

Kaiser! by Rob Smyth

In Kaiser, sports journalist Smyth tells the story of Carlos Henrique Raposo, better known in 1980s Rio de Janeiro as Kaiser. Raposo dreamt of being a footballer, and rose from abandoned slum dog to superstar striker, all without kicking a football. This extraordinary true story of a man who faked his way through a football career will appeal to anyone who likes their truth a little bit stranger than fiction.

Sagan: My World by Peter Sagan

Cyclist Sagan’s achievements include winning three road race World Championships in a row, making him one of the greatest riders of all time. His flair makes him an entertaining cyclist as well, whether he’s doing no-hands wheelies on the slopes of Mont Ventoux or causing mischief during a press conference. In this book Sagan shares how he copes with the pressure of high expectation, the feelings of elation when he triumphs, and the disappointments he has experienced during his career. 

The Sweet Science by A. J. Liebling

In this book, subtitled Boxing and Boxiana: A Ringside View, legendary boxing writer Liebling invites the reader to take a ringside seat at some of the greatest fights in history, from Joe Louis' devastating final match to Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback and Rocky Marciano's rise to heavyweight glory. This is a book which proves there is as much artistry, skill and practice required to be a great sports writer as there is to be a great sportsperson.

Knowing the Score by Judy Murray

Murray’s achievements are often talked about in relation to her successful sons, Jamie and Andy Murray, but she’s a remarkable woman who has changed the faceof British tennis and has many stories of her own to tell. In this memoir she shares the challenges she has faced, such as entrenched sexism and financial difficulties, and her path to success. An inspirational woman whose story makes for fascinating reading for any tennis fan.

Journey Through the Cycling Year by The Cycling Podcast

The hosts of The Cycling Podcast share their diaries from three three incident-filled Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. As well as looking at the racing, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe take readers behind the scenes and explore the culture and landscape of the places where the tours take place. There are also contributions from professional riders, leading journalists and more. 

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