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The Secret Cyclist

The Secret Cyclist (Author)

Omertà is the strict code of silence that governed cycling during the Lance Armstrong era of doping. While it no longer rules the peloton, only anonymity can allow a rider to truly reveal what the world of modern professional cycling is really like.

Every aspect of a rider's life is here: the pressure and the pitfalls in joining the pro ranks, the highs and lows of having teammates and being away for months at a time, the desperation of injuries, the glory of success, the spectre of drugs - everything about what it's actually like to ride a bike for a living.


The Secret Cyclist takes us inside the team bus, along the road with the peloton and in the breakaways to hear the hidden, often weird and always entertaining stories of life as a racer.

Lucky Man

Matthew Etherington (Author)

You have money burning a hole in your pocket. You have more free time than you know what to do with. And your whole life is geared around winning. What do you do with your cash?
For former premier league footballer Matt Etherington, he, like many of his peers, gambled. But what started as harmless entertainment spiralled into a vortex of depression and debt, almost destroying his marriage, his career and himself.
Exposing the intense pressures of the premiership in a way that's never before been shared, Matt's story also shows how, in life, there's always a second half.

What Would Arnie Do?

Do you revere the legend that is Arnie?
Do you agree that the best activities for your health are pumping and humping?
Do you trust that if it bleeds, you can kill it?

Then this is the book for you.

What Would Arnie Do? is a collection of the wit and wisdom of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Whether you're looking for inspiration in the gym, in your career, or for fighting deranged cyborgs, Arnie has just the right phrase to spur you to greater success.

And remember: Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.

The Protocol

Grigory Rodchenkov (Author)

Can one man take down an empire?

THE PROTOCOL is a breathtaking real-life political thriller.

As a leading chemical scientist and Director of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Dr Grigory Rodchenkov was at the forefront of global efforts to detect drugs cheats in sport. Yet he was simultaneously running the most elaborate doping scheme in history, helping thousands of athletes and elite players evade detection. Then the cracks started to show, and Vladimir Putin sent him a chilling message . . .

Icarus, the Oscar-winning Netflix film, followed Grigory Rodchenkov as he turned whistleblower, fled Russia and entered the US Witness Protection Programme. In this explosive memoir he reveals how everything he has exposed so far — leading to Russia’s double Olympic bans – is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Drawn from diaries, official e-mails and memos smuggled out of Russia, The Protocol is the full story by the one man the Kremlin hoped would never talk about its quest to win at all costs.


‘I am a patriot, yet I am a traitor. I am one of the reasons my country has won so many Olympic medals over the last decade, yet I am also the reason they are banned from the Olympics. I am a devoted husband and father, yet I have seen neither my wife or my children in two years. If you read the news, you will see that my name is everywhere, yet I myself am nowhere. I am known throughout Russia, yet I am a ghost. Living anonymously in an anonymous town, under the protection of the US government, in fear from my life, somewhere in America – the one country I tried my hardest to help my country beat, year after year, decade after decade’

State of Play

Michael Calvin (Author)

*** Award-winning author of The Nowhere Men, Living on the Volcano and No Hunger in Paradise returns with his magnum opus on the state of modern football ***

First he revealed the extraordinary lives of football scouts in The Nowhere Men.

Next he unearthed the pressures on football managers in Living on the Volcano.

Then he chronicled the hardships of young players striving to make it in No Hunger in Paradise.


Now in State of Play, in what marks the pinnacle of a career investigating the human stories of football, award-winning writer Michael Calvin turns his eye to the biggest story of all - the game itself.


From mental health to money, concussion to Champions league, fan-owners to oligarchs, women's football to world cups, Calvin gets under the skin of the beautiful game, and reveals why it is truly the game of our lives.


Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with leading figures around the world, from Arsene Wenger to Steven Gerrard, Calvin reveals the winners, the losers, the politics, the pleasure, the hope, and the despair of the world's most popular sport.

The Fat-loss Blitz

Chloe Madeley (Author)

Bestselling author of The 4-Week Body Blitz, Chloe Madeley, is back with a new diet and exercise plan to get you in shape and shift your body fat - whatever your fitness level or starting point may be.

Whether you are an exercise novice, someone who works out a few times a week or if fitness is your way of life, there is a plan in Chloe's book to suit you. From home workouts to gym routines, this book has it covered.

Follow Chloe's 28-day tailored eating and fitness plans and you will soon start to see a difference in how you look and feel.

This fully illustrated, day-by-day guide contains delicious, easy recipes and step-by-step exercise instructions.

The Air Ministry Survival Guide

none (Author)

THE ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE for anyone who thinks they'd survive the world's most hostile environments - or at least imagine they could do.

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First issued to airmen in the 1950s, the Air Ministry's survival guides include original and authentic emergency advice to crew operating over the ocean.

With original illustrations and text, these survival guides provide an insight to military survival techniques from a by-gone era.

Packed with original line drawings and instruction in:

ARCTIC
The best faces to pull to prevent frostbite and when you canexpect bits of you to 'fall off', should you fail
- How to build a structurally sound igloo
- How to fashion a mask to prevent snowblindness


DESERT
How to find water in a dry stream course
- How to make a hat out of seat cushions
- What to do in the event of meeting 'hostile parties'

JUNGLE
What to do if 'jungle hiking becomes boring'
- How to stay safe from poisonous reptiles and insects
- The benefits of using a 'fire thong'

SEA
How to punch man-eating sharks. Which are 'cowards'
- The pros and cons of drinking 'fish juice'
- When to smoke

Job’s a Good 'Un

Guy Martin (Author)

'I’m wearing everything out... Why? I don’t have an answer. Other than I want to break myself. Then what? I believe the body is a fantastic thing and it will repair itself and I’ll go again.'

This year Guy Martin is restoring and racing a 1983 Williams F1 car; he's attempting the land speed record in Bolivia; he's going for the fastest ever Channel crossing; he's customizing his Ford Transit for record-breaking circuits around Nurburgring, and he's building a Typhoon.

That's exciting - it has to be, otherwise he wouldn't do it. But it's TV stuff. It's not real graft.

Real graft is his 70-hour week mending trucks for a local haulage firm. And between 'proper' jobs, over the summer, he was taytie farming on his new John Deere tractor, working in the fields from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. He was thinking of diversifying into muck-spreading, then the truck-fitting job came up.

Oh yes - and besides the day job and the TV, he's bought his local pub, and the most terrifying he's ever done is sing on stage (out of tune) in front of the Kirmington crowd on New Year's Eve.

Only Guy lives a life like this, and only his stories, in his own words, can do it justice.

Game Changer

Cora Staunton (Author)

Cora Staunton is an iconic figure in the world of modern GAA. In this ground-breaking autobiography, she reveals her extraordinary journey from teenage rookie to the highest-scoring forward in the history of Ladies Gaelic Football. Since making her senior inter-county debut for Mayo at just thirteen years of age, Cora has become a feared and respected opponent on any pitch.

Now, for the first time, she recounts the triumphs of her career and the personal struggles that have plagued it. In this refreshingly candid book, Cora recalls finding refuge in the game after the death of her mother, but also speaks openly about the challenges and conflicts she and her teammates have experienced in the under-resourced world of female sport. She gives a fascinating insight into her move to a professional team in Sydney and how she coped with going from a veteran to a newcomer overnight.

In the first-ever autobiography of a female GAA star, Game Changer will take its place as one of the most influential and powerful sports books in recent years.

89

Amy Lawrence (Author)

Anfield, May 26th 1989. The final day of the Division One season. The defending champions, Liverpool, versus the plucky underdogs, Arsenal. With the Gunners leading 1-0 in the final minute but desperately needing another goal to take the title, it was, in the immortal words of commentator Brian Moore, ‘Up for grabs now…’

Set against the backdrop of recent tragedies at Heysel and Bradford, the undertone of hooliganism, and Margaret Thatcher’s contempt for fans long before the Premier League as we now know it -- ‘89 is the story of the iconic 1988-1989 Arsenal season, an emotive era in football, and a sporting moment so unusual it felt instantly historic.

Featuring first-hand testimony and commentary from Arsenal legends such as Tony Adams, Paul Merson, Lee Dixon and manager George Graham, as well as other significant figures, including Liverpool players, the referee, and famous supporters such as Nick Hornby, Amy Lawrence’s ’89 paints an encapsulating picture of a momentous season, with a finale which is viewed as one of the greatest in football history.

The game would never be the same again.

My World

Peter Sagan (Author)

From 2015 to 2017, Peter Sagan achieved the seemingly impossible: he won three road race World Championships in a row, ensuring his entry into the history books as one of the greatest riders of all time.

But to look at Peter’s record in isolation is to tell only a fraction of his story, because Peter doesn’t just win: he entertains. Every moment in the saddle is an opportunity to express his personality, and nobody else has succeeded in making elite cycling look so much fun. From no-hands wheelies on the slopes of Mont Ventoux to press conference mischief with clamouring journalists, Peter exudes a passion for the sport and a lovable desire to bring smiles to the faces of his fans.

So, for the very first time, you will have the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes of Peter’s world. You will discover the gruelling training programmes necessary for success, and how Peter copes with the pressure of high expectation. You will feel that sense of elation when crossing the line ahead of the pack, and moments of desperation, like in 2017 when Peter realised he wouldn’t be allowed to challenge for his sixth Tour de France green jersey. But what better tonic than to ensure a third year in rainbow – an achievement which may never be repeated again.

Dublin: The Chaos Years

Neil Cotter (Author)

Dublin has become the dominant force in Gaelic football, setting new standards of skill and efficiency. But it was not very long ago that the county was a byword for underachievement and disorganization. Every year from 1996 to 2010, the Dubs found new and creative ways of losing, of causing their fans to suffer, and of earning the scorn of the wider GAA public.

Based on interviews with former players and coaches, Dublin: The Chaos Years tells the entertaining and sometimes scarcely believable story of how the Dubs managed to make such a hames of things over a period of fifteen years. It also traces the beginnings of the turnaround, as the bad habit of failure began to give way to a healthier culture. Full of frank, witty and sometimes outrageous stories and analysis from the people who were at the centre of it, Dublin: The Chaos Years is a book for every Gaelic football fan.

The Hurlers

Paul Rouse (Author)

In 1882, a letter was published in the Irish Times, lamenting the decline of hurling. The game was now played only in a few isolated rural pockets, and according to no fixed set of rules. It would have been absurd to imagine that, within five years, an all-Ireland hurling championship would be underway, under the auspices of a powerful national organization.

The Hurlers is a superbly readable account of that dramatic turn of events, of the colourful men who made it happen, and of the political intrigues and violent rows that marked the early years of the GAA. From the very start, republican and ecclesiastical interests jockeyed for control, along with a small core of enthusiasts who were just in it for the sport. In this authoritative and seriously entertaning book, Paul Rouse shows how sport, culture and politics swirled together in a heady, often chaotic mix.

Match of the Day Annual 2019


Footy fun? Bring it, bro ...

From the UK's number 1 football magazine, the very best footy annual is back!

Crammed full with fun football trivia, quizzes, games, puzzles, top 10s, cartoons and more, this is the only annual fans of the beautiful game will need. This year's annual will also include a section covering the key moments, best goals and much more from the FIFA World Cup.

Featuring Gary and all of the MOTD presenters, Paz, Ketch, and the planet's top teams and players, Match of the Day Annual 2019 is the best around – it will be on the top of your Christmas list!

Springwatch: The 2019 Almanac

Michael Bright (Author) , Karen Farrington (Author)


Explore the world outside your window.

For 13 years the BBC's Springwatch and its sister programmes, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, have been bringing the best of Britain’s wildlife into our homes. Now Springwatch: The 2019 Almanac offers the perfect guide for anyone looking to get out and explore the wonders of nature just outside their back door.

Taking you month by month through the coming year, the almanac combines compelling stories with practical guidance that will inspire anyone to start exploring. It has all the information you need to discover the natural wonders around you, from how to identify animal tracks and bird nests to the best time to witness starling murmurations and mayflies hatching. Complete with monthly daylight and rainfall charts and beautifully illustrated with black and white line drawings, The Springwatch Almanac is the ideal companion for every nature lover.

A Boy in the Water

Tom Gregory (Author)

The poignant, life-affirming story of a determined boy, a visionary coach, and how the dream of a record-breaking Channel swim became reality

Eltham, South London. 1984: the hot fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to swim but not yet wanting to take his foot off the bottom. Fast-forward four years. Photographers and family wait on the shingle beach as a boy in a bright orange hat and grease-smeared goggles swims the last few metres from France to England. He has been in the water for twelve agonizing hours, encouraged at each stroke by his coach, John Bullet, who has become a second father.

This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a coach and a boy, and a love letter to the intensity and freedom of childhood.

Gamechanger

Spencer FC (Author)

How one man went from gaming and making videos at home to becoming a football club owner

'The bizarre new world of football' Guardian

I lifted the trophy triumphantly over my head, just as I’d seen so many FA Cup, World Cup and Champions League winners do on TV. It was quite simply the best moment of my life. Hashtag United had won.

So, how on earth did this happen? How did a kid who at one point couldn’t even get in his school team end up playing at Wembley Stadium in front of 20,000 people? How did someone who spent his life playing computer games get to play football in the same side as World Cup- and Champions League-winning players?

I'm hardly sure myself. But here's my attempt to tell the story.

Wasting Your Wildcard

David Wardale (Author)

Every Saturday afternoon, 5.8 million people around the world settle down to see how their team will get on.

But this isn’t the team they support. It’s THEIR team.

They have spent hour after hour assessing injuries, swapping subs and tweaking formations. Because when the day is done and the scores are in, they want to be able to look in the mirror and say, ‘THAT TRIPLE CAPTAIN CALL WAS AN ACT OF GENIUS!’

Welcome to the obsessive world of Fantasy Football, where managers will do anything to succeed. David Wardale – writer for the UK's number one Fantasy Football site, Fantasy Football Scout – meets previous winners to discover how they beat millions to the crown. He reveals the leagues where failure involves outright humiliation and discovers just how low some managers will go to claim a psychological advantage.

Along the way, he finds Saudi sheikhs, stats professors, most of Norway and a member of one of the biggest pop bands of all time, all of them united by their unflinching desire for Fantasy Football greatness.

Kaiser

Rob Smyth (Author)

1980s Rio de Janeiro.

There’s only one king in this city and he’s got the mullet, swagger and fake ID to prove it.

Introducing Carlos Henrique Raposo, known to all as KAISER.

This guy’s got more front than Copacabana beach. He’s the most loveable of rogues with the most common of dreams: to become a professional footballer. And he isn’t about to let trivial details like talent and achievement stand in his way. . . not when he has so many other ways to get what he wants.

In one of the most remarkable football stories ever told, Kaiser graduates from abandoned slumdog to star striker, dressing-room fixer, superstar party host and inexhaustible lover.

And all without kicking a ball.

He’s not just the king… he’s the Kaiser.

Around the World in 80 Days

Mark Beaumont (Author)

The inspiring story of one man's record-breaking cycle around the world.

On Monday 18th September 2017, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes earlier he set off from the same point, beginning his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time. Covering more than 18,000 miles and cycling through some of the harshest conditions one man and his bicycle can endure, Mark made history. He smashed two Guinness World Records and beat the previous record by an astonishing 45 days.

Around the World in 80 Days is the story of Mark’s amazing achievement - one which redefines the limits of human endurance. It is also an insight into the mind of an elite athlete and the physical limits of the human body, as well as a kaleidoscopic tour of the world from a very unique perspective; inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Mark begins his journey in Paris and cycles through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China. He then crosses Australia, rides up through New Zealand and across North America before the final 'sprint finish' thorough Portugal, Spain and France, all at over 200 miles a day. This is the story of a quite remarkable adventure, by a quite remarkable man.

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