Biography: sport

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  • Aguero

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    Aguero

    ‘Agüero’ is the tale of the boy who would go on to re-write football history forever. His dramatic 94th minute goal on the final day of the 2011/12 season, to snatch the title from under rivals Manchester United’s noses, was the most electric moment in Premier League history. This is how the small boy from Argentina became the biggest hero of all.

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  • BarçA

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    BarçA

    Since the early nineties, when FC Barcelona was still under the charge of sporting legend Johan Cruyff, journalist Simon Kuper has had an intimate connection with the football club, and unprecedented access to staff and facilities. In this book, Kuper tracks the history of FC Barcelona from Cruyff to Lionel Messi. He analyses the largely unchanging structure of the club (from its Catalan merchant-class directors down to its impressive pool of footballing talent), and reveals the localised, long-term focus that has long guided its workings. He studies how the revolutionary ‘Barcelona Innovation Hub’ is shaping the club’s future, how the football philosophy is built on a cross-pollination of different sports such as waterpolo and basketball, and, crucially, how a nutritional revolution is constantly optimising the fitness of the players.

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  • Becoming Muhammad Ali

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    Becoming Muhammad Ali

    Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces in ‘Becoming Muhammad Ali’, the illustrated novel on the life of the boxing legend. A mixture of prose and verse, it follows the life of the young Ali up until age 17.

    £8.99
  • End To End

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    End To End

    The End to End record is the longest place-to-place cycling record in Britain. It is a daunting 842 miles and for the men and women who attempt to break the record, there can be no second place, only the binary outcome of total success or failure. Paul Jones decided to ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in an attempt to understand the relentless physical and mental challenges involved. ‘End to End’ is a captivating and beautifully written narrative. A portrayal of hope and ambition, of what happens when things go wrong and how hard it is to make them right. It is about courage, obsession and joy, but above all else, it is a compelling exploration of why journeys matter for all of us.

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  • Give Them Wings

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    Give Them Wings

    Disabled as a result of childhood meningitis, Paul Hodgson has written this autobiography in order to challenge the stereotype of the wheelchair-bound victim. Far from being a passive spectator, we learn how Paul struggled to care for his mother through several strokes and Alzheimer’s disease and of the rift this caused within his family. He also speaks of the Community Care system, his experiences of education and employment, and the loyalty of his friends. This is his account of life as a fan of Darlington Football Club which reveals another side to Paul’s nature, with its fascinating compendium of mishaps and drink-fueled escapades, which are invariably laced with his own brand of black humour. ‘Give Them Wings’ is a graphic story of one man’s fortitude in the face of severe odds, it offers a unique insight into what it means to be disabled in modern society.

    SKU: 9781782816218 Category: Tag:
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  • How To Think Like Muhammad Ali

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    How To Think Like Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali is the most famous boxer in the history of the sport. Three-times World Champion and the thorn in the side of Vietnam-era America he became a moral beacon at a time when America was on its knees.

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  • Redemption

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    Redemption

    Troy Deeney is best known as Watford FC’s captain and a thorn in Arsenal’s side. But behind the successful and gritty football persona is a remarkable story of resilience. In this brutally honest and inspirational memoir, Troy shares what it was like to grow up on Europe’s largest council estate, where his mum worked three jobs and his father, a notorious drug dealer, was frequently in and out of prison. He shares stories of self-sabotage, from simply not turning up to Aston Villa’s football trials as a teenager, playing while drunk to being imprisoned for affray at the height of his career. But Troy never gave up, even when it meant playing professional football with an ankle tag. He went on to score 20+ goals in three successive seasons and became the Club Captain, an FA Cup finalist, promotion winner and Watford’s record scorer. This is his story.

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  • The Elements of Cricket

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    The Elements of Cricket

    Bat, Ball and Field combines a perfect introduction to the sport of cricket and a wonderful foray into its history.

    ‘Hotten is not just good, he is one of the best’ Cricketer

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  • The Moth and the Mountain

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    The Moth and the Mountain

    In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceived his own crazy, beautiful plan: he would fly a Gipsy Moth aeroplane from England to Everest, crash land on its lower slopes, then become the first person to reach its summit – all utterly alone. Wilson didn’t know how to climb. He barely knew how to fly. But he had pluck, daring and a vision – he wanted to be the first man to stand on top of the world. Traumatised by his wartime experiences and leaving behind a trail of broken hearts, Wilson believed that Everest could redeem him. This is the tale of an adventurer unlike any you have ever encountered: an unforgettable story about the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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  • Vuelta Skelter

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    Vuelta Skelter

    Tim Moore completes his epic (and ill-advised) trilogy of cycling’s Grand Tours. Julian Berrendero’s victory in the 1941 Vuelta a Espana was an extraordinary exercise in sporting redemption: the Spanish cyclist had just spent 18 months in Franco’s concentration camps, punishment for expressing Republican sympathies during the civil war. 79 years later, perennially over-ambitious cyclo-adventurer Tim Moore developed a fascination with Berrendero’s story, and having borrowed an old road bike with the great man’s name plastered all over it, set off to retrace the 4,409km route of his 1941 triumph – In the midst of a global pandemic. What follows is a tale of brutal heat and lonely roads, of glory, humiliation, and then a bit more humiliation.

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