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Mercedes Formula One Team
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526795946
Pub Date: 30 May 2022

Format: Hardback

Pub Date: 30 May 2022

Pages: 192

ISBN: 9781526795946

Description: From the pit crew to Lewis Hamilton, from the admin team to the engine designers, the Mercedes Formula One team have collectively won everything in sight since the new rules in 2014. Formula One moved away from the V8 2.4 litre and bought in the 1.6 litre turbo hybrids. Mercedes hit the ground running in 2014, creating an engine and chassis that worked in sweet harmony, blowing away the field winning more than 84% of the races. Since the start of 2014 they have won every drivers championship and every constructors championship. When just a short time prior to that, Sebastian Vettel won 4 championships in a row with a dominant Red Bull, it was hard to imagine we'd ever see such dominance again, let alone so soon after. Eyebrows were raised when Mercedes successfully signed Lewis Hamilton from McLaren, a team Lewis had grew up with and won his first title with. However, it seems that Mercedes persuaded Lewis they were on to a winner. Lewis Hamilton signing forced the great Michael Schumacher to hang up his helmet once again, but little did Hamilton know the significance, little did he know that move would put him up there with Schumacher as one of the worlds greatest drivers. Drivers and teams have to work in harmony, and Mercedes had given Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg a dream of a car. This book celebrates Mercedes achievements with stats, information, interviews and most of all some beautiful images of perhaps that worlds greatest Formula One cars in action. A pictorial history of Mercedes Formula One Grand Prix victories. A chance to relive how two friends who grew up karting together would one day be creating history together.
RRP: £25.00
How Money Changed Football
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526795908
Pub Date: 30 May 2022

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 30 May 2022

Pages: 192

ISBN: 9781526795908

Description: Football is a sport loved all over the world. A game can be traced back to 2500 B.C according to the Greeks, however the sport as we know it now began with the creation of the F.A of England on 26th October 1863. It wasn't long before the professional game began when players from mill towns like Blackburn and Darwen started to sneakily pay players a wage and a transfer fee. Football soon became global and leagues began to be created. The game exploded and has continued to grow until today. There is an uglier side to the game these days, one in which money has become the number one factor. Money at the heart of football has grown at an astonishing rate since the 1980's, or 1979 to be precise, when the first million pound transfer happened in the UK, Trevor Francis moving from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest. To think that this figure has grown to the staggering 222 million Euro transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain in just 38 years is enough to make the eyes water. This book looks at the financial gap in football, from the sad day in 2019 when Bury were thrown out the league to how the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City can spend hundreds of millions assembling a team. It focuses in on clubs who are run in the right way, to those that spend more than they earn and end up like Bury. Financial Fair Play has been bought in, but that hasn't stopped unscrupulous owners flouting the rules. Football is a game that used to be owned by the fans, these days some clubs have become a play thing for rich benefactors. This book does not look to blame people, instead it's here to shed light on how football has become a game based around pound notes instead of those who sing in the stands.
RRP: £14.99
Nile Wilson - My Story
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781526772015
Pub Date: 26 Nov 2021

Format: Hardback

Pub Date: 26 Nov 2021

Pages: 160

ISBN: 9781526772015

Description: Nile Wilson is known to many as a Great Britain Gymnast who won a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and who is England’s most successful ever gymnast at a Commonwealth Games following his 5 medals in 2018. Yet, Nile is so much more than just a gymnast. A YouTuber with over a million subscribers, a social media influencer, a successful businessman and entrepeneur, Nile is also an advocate for mental health awareness, and who has been very open about his own personal struggles. Nile Wilson – My Story gives an unprecedented look into Nile’s true battle to be fit and ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - throughout the Games and the aftermath. The public perception of Nile Wilson is his humour, openness and how down to earth he is, all of which is true. Due to this perception however, people presume they know everything about him. This book will shatter that perception, and reveal the struggles behind the smiles, from the brutal reality of performing at an elite sporting level, to the mental health battles Nile has had to fight – and continues to fight – every day.
RRP: £20.00
Champion Jump Horse Racing Jockeys
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781526769855
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2021

Format: Hardback

Pub Date: 01 Sep 2021

Pages: 256

ISBN: 9781526769855

Description: ‘It’s one of the real sports that’s left to us: a bit of danger and a bit of excitement, and the horses, which are the best thing in the world.' • HM The Queen Mother on National Hunt racing. This book traces how much National Hunt racing has changed since 1945- and also how Britain has changed too. The advent of motorways has made travel easier and racecourse safety has improved but the challenges for jump jockeys -the bravest of the brave- remain. It covers some of the biggest stories in jump racing over the last seventy-five years, including the dramatic collapse of Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National and the incredible exploits of three-times Grand National winner Red Rum. But it also contains lots of fascinating stories which the reader will not be so aware of, of trainers and horses long forgotten.
RRP: £25.00
'Oi, Key' Tales of a Journeyman Cricketer
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781526768216
Pub Date: 18 May 2020

Format: Hardback

Pub Date: 18 May 2020

Pages: 200

ISBN: 9781526768216

Description: Ex-England batsman Rob Key is one of the wittiest pundits on TV. Whether it’s a drizzly day-nighter in Derby or a World Cup Final at Lord’s, Key’s wizardry with the mic more than matches that which he had with the bat. In his new book, Key reflects on the past and present of an ever-unforgiving game, in so doing shining light into the darkest recesses of the dressing-room. What he finds there is as amusing as it is shocking, as farcical as it is fascinating. Known as one of the sharpest cricket brains around, Key casts a knowledgeable and sometimes acerbic eye over such areas as fitness, captaincy, and sledging, while delivering a close-up view of some of the biggest names in the game. More than anything, Key reveals just what it is to be a professional cricketer, the camaraderie, the comedy, and, of course, the calamity.
The Golf Lover's Guide to Scotland
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781526733771
Pub Date: 24 Jul 2019

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 24 Jul 2019

Pages: 176

ISBN: 9781526733771

Description: Every golf course around the globe has one thing in common – they are all unique. No two courses are ever the same. Golf is the only major sport that offers a different experience wherever you go. Universally regarded as the birthplace of the modern game, Scotland can boast some of the finest courses in the world. Royal Troon, Turnberry and the fabled Old Course, St Andrews to name just a few. These are the courses all keen golfers would wish to play given the opportunity. This guide offers a golfer everything they would require to enjoy a great round of golf at the best courses Scotland has to offer. You will find all the essential information you need here - par scores, yardage, prices, booking procedure, history and how best to play the course.
The Life of a Sports Agent
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781526736994
Pub Date: 18 Nov 2020

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 18 Nov 2020

Pages: 144

ISBN: 9781526736994

Description: There is a lot of mystery that surrounds sports agents and their roles in the lives of their high profile clients. Many percieve the life to be glamorous, spending time with celebrities and earning a lot of money for doing easy or very little work. The Middleman reveals how very wrong this perception is. Having been a high profile sports agent for nearly 10 years, with clients such as James Anderson, Sam Quek, Nile Wilson, James Taylor and Simon Mignolet, Luke Sutton has an incredible insight into the world of sports management across a number of areas. In his new book, The Middleman, Luke reveals stories and personal experiences about the sporting stars he has encountered, both the good and bad, and his very honest opinions about them. This book also aims to give people a true look into how this mysterious industry works, and highlights the important lessons Luke has learnt during his career. The Middleman follows Luke’s 2019 autobiography, Back from the Edge.
Liverpool: The Story of a Football Club in 101 Lives
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781526767783
Pub Date: 02 Dec 2020

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 02 Dec 2020

Pages: 224

ISBN: 9781526767783

Description: Liverpool: The Story of a Football Club in 101 Lives tells the history of the Anfield club through the biographies of key individuals associated with the Merseysiders from their formation in the gas-lit days of Victorian Britain through to the present day. From John Houlding, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool who was the founder of the club in controversial circumstances, to their greatest manager Bill Shankly, and the great players who have worn the famous red shirt throughout its history, the in-depth stories of the characters – players and managers – here paint a fascinating picture of how the club – indeed, the game of football itself – has developed from workers playing for fun to today’s multi-million-pound business.
The Golf Lover's Guide to England
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781526756329
Pub Date: 09 Nov 2020

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 09 Nov 2020

Pages: 248

ISBN: 9781526756329

Description: Every golf course around the world has one thing in common – they are all unique. Golf provides a different experience wherever you go. No two courses are ever the same and each has their own captivating story to tell. Blessed with a rich and varied landscape, England has a prolific collection of coastal links and inland courses created by some of golf’s most cherished craftsmen; Sunningdale (Park Jr. & Colt), Walton Heath (Fowler), St Enodoc (Braid), Alwoodley and Moortown (MacKenzie) to name just a few. This guide offers a golfer everything they would require to enjoy a great round of golf at the best courses England has to offer. All the information you need is right here - par scores, yardage, green-fee price indicators, booking procedure, history of each club and how best to play the course. England is where golf’s greatest artists have gifted us moments to treasure for eternity. A young Ballesteros lifting the claret jug at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Bobby Jones storming to victory at Hoylake on his way to the grand slam, and who can ever forget Nicklaus and Jacklin bringing their titanic Ryder Cup battle to a close with a famous handshake at Royal Birkdale. Sharing a border with its spiritual home, England is undoubtedly golf's exquisite front garden.
Picking the Perfect Cricket Team
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781526769701
Pub Date: 27 Oct 2020

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 27 Oct 2020

Pages: 224

ISBN: 9781526769701

Description: Everyone has always loved to rank sportsmen and which cricket fan hasn’t enjoyed picking their own teams and playing imaginary matches, using dice, cards, table-top games or computers? “You can’t compare eras” is an oft-quoted phrase but it certainly hasn’t stopped countless generations of fans sitting around the school playground, dinner table, pub garden or international match debating who were the greatest players of all time. In this book players are ranked, split according to their roles. Openers, middle-order batsmen, all-rounders, wicket-keepers, fast bowlers and slow bowlers are all selected in the same proportions in which they make up a team. In a game awash with numbers, every cricket fan knows what 99.94 and 501 relate to. Some of the numbers explored here transcend the game itself and have become part of cricket’s long historical narrative. I guarantee your list would be different, so let the debates begin!
Arsenal: The Story of a Football Club in 101 Lives
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781526767745
Pub Date: 30 Jul 2020

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 30 Jul 2020

Pages: 240

ISBN: 9781526767745

Description: Arsenal: The Story of a Football Club in 101 Lives tells the history of the Gunners through the biographies of key individuals associated with the club from its formation in the gas-lit days of Victorian Britain through to the present day. From David Danskin, the Scottish mechanical engineer and footballer who was the driving force behind the team raised at Dial Square, a workshop at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, to Arsene Wenger, the longest-serving and most successful manager in Arsenal’s history, these in-depth stories of the characters – players, managers, chairmen – here paint a fascinating picture of how the club – indeed, the game of football itself – has developed from workers playing for fun to today’s multi-million-pound business.
Back from the Edge
Format: Paperback
Pages: 109
ISBN: 9781526767547
Pub Date: 04 Nov 2019

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 04 Nov 2019

Pages: 109

ISBN: 9781526767547

Description: The truth is that professional sport is a breeding ground for addictive behaviour. Luke Sutton is a business owner and successful agent to sporting stars such as James Taylor, Nile Wilson and Sam Quek, but his life didn't always look so positive. Back from the Edge reveals the huge ups and major downs that a professional career in sport can bring – and the mental health difficulties that can plague a sportsperson along the way. Luke knows this more than most. Brutally but refreshingly honest, this no-frills autobiography of the former professional cricketer describes in detail the moment he hit rock bottom, how he got there, his rollercoaster journey through rehab, and the important lessons he’s learnt since. Throughout the book, Luke remains candid and reveals how his addictions affected his personal life, from his friends to family to his children. Back from the Edge is heart-wrenching. It's also thoroughly genuine, funny and utterly inspirational, and has allowed the former cricketer to speak about his mental health and to raise awareness of addictive behaviour in sport. Now a sports agent, he is perfectly placed to spot the warning signs in young stars, and to support them before they spiral into the same type of experiences he faced.
How to Catch More Salmon
Format: Paperback
Pages: 166
ISBN: 9781526751409
Pub Date: 04 Sep 2019

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 04 Sep 2019

Pages: 166

ISBN: 9781526751409

Description: How to Catch More Salmon is about fishing according to the application of principles and practicalities that will not stop at a first salmon, but go on to catching more salmon, whether or not that is your final destination. It is not unique to fishing that a beginner can coexist with the expert and at times enjoy near-parity in terms of sporting success. But as Charles Ritz wrote in his quirky and brilliant classic, A Fly Fisher's Life: 'More than all else, I like watching other fishers, and examining their tackle. In helping beginners, I often learn as much as they do.' Whether your passion for fishing takes you globe trotting (like Ritz) or not, this book invites you along for the experience, while sharing sporting insight at all levels, including luminaries of today's on and offline media. It is an aim of the book that this melting pot will draw real results from the techniques and conclusions that emerge, in terms of fish caught and opportunities taken. Think and catch more fish is a central theme, but to enjoy the sport via more nuanced and philosophical aspects is key. Get it, teach it and share it, in the UK and Ireland but also on the rivers of Norway, Canada and Russia. Enhance the common good and turn the dream of a fishing lifetime into new reality with the rest of us.
James Taylor: Cut Short
Format: Paperback
Pages: 185
ISBN: 9781526751270
Pub Date: 15 May 2019

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 15 May 2019

Pages: 185

ISBN: 9781526751270

Description: James Taylor was born in Burrough on the Hill, Leicestershire, in 1990. A sporting phenomenon from an early age, he chose to forge a life in cricket, establishing himself as one of the country’s leading batsmen and an England regular. And then tragedy struck. In April 2016, a serious heart condition left Taylor fighting for his life in the changing room. Told he faced possible death if he played cricket, or exercised, ever again, James’s bright and brilliant career was over at the age of 26. In Cut Short, Taylor reveals his route to the top. On the way, he describes how he encountered prejudice against his size and how his Test debut was overshadowed by the negative attentions of Kevin Pietersen. He takes us through the highs and lows of his international career, including a century against the Australians and a closeup view of the unsavoury nature of David Warner. With the world at his feet, Taylor reveals just what it was like to have sporting ambition snatched away right at the point of international breakthrough. He relives in breathless detail the horrific events of the day he thought he was going to die and his desolation at watching a fine sporting career torn from his grasp. The aftermath was a battle bigger than any he ever encountered on the pitch, a battle to rebuild his life and make sense of the personal bombshell with which he had been afflicted, and, unexpectedly, a battle for his future. At the same time, he was getting used to a body which, on several occasions, left him fearing for his existence. That James has emerged from these dark days with courage, good humour, and renewed ambition is testament to a remarkable personality. Cut Short is the story of a true never-say-die character.
Monty Panesar
Format: Hardback
Pages: 202
ISBN: 9781526754509
Pub Date: 14 May 2019

Format: Hardback

Pub Date: 14 May 2019

Pages: 202

ISBN: 9781526754509

Description: It’s almost impossible to think of Monty Panesar without smiling. A world-class spin bowler, but an economy-class fielder, Monty remains one of England’s most popular cricketers and an inspiration for British Asians. Monty Mania swept the country after he became the first Sikh cricketer to play for England, with white men turning up at Test Matches in turbans and beards and fans naming their dogs after him. For the first time he talks about the extreme racism faced by his parents’ generation, about growing up as a happy, cricket-obsessed child in Luton and his thoughts about Norman Tebbit’s infamous cricket test, which questioned the loyalities of Britain's Asian population. Monty had a front-row seat as the greatest dramas of one of English cricket’s most successful eras unfolded: his shock when Marcus Trescothick’s illness was revealed, the unique pressure he faced as a Sikh after the Mumbai bombings in 2008, his role in the miracle of Cardiff in 2009 and his disbelief as England imploded during the 2013-14 Ashes series, which coincided with the onset of severe paranoia that threatened to ruin his career. Told with brutal honesty, dry humour and above all great humanity, this is the hilarious, poignant and ultimately inspiring story of how he confronted and overcame his issues to regain his place as a national treasure. The Full Monty is set to become the feelgood classic of 2019.
How to Catch More Salmon
Format: Hardback
Pages: 166
ISBN: 9781526729897
Pub Date: 07 May 2019

Format: Hardback

Pub Date: 07 May 2019

Pages: 166

ISBN: 9781526729897

Description: How to Catch More Salmon is about fishing according to the application of principles and practicalities that will not stop at a first salmon, but go on to catching more salmon, whether or not that is your final destination. It is not unique to fishing that a beginner can coexist with the expert and at times enjoy near-parity in terms of sporting success. But as Charles Ritz wrote in his quirky and brilliant classic, A Fly Fisher's Life: 'More than all else, I like watching other fishers, and examining their tackle. In helping beginners, I often learn as much as they do.' Whether your passion for fishing takes you globe trotting (like Ritz) or not, this book invites you along for the experience, while sharing sporting insight at all levels, including luminaries of today's on and offline media. It is an aim of the book that this melting pot will draw real results from the techniques and conclusions that emerge, in terms of fish caught and opportunities taken. Think and catch more fish is a central theme, but to enjoy the sport via more nuanced and philosophical aspects is key. Get it, teach it and share it, in the UK and Ireland but also on the rivers of Norway, Canada and Russia. Enhance the common good and turn the dream of a fishing lifetime into new reality with the rest of us.
A History & Guide to the Cricket World Cup
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526753618
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2019

Format: Paperback

Pub Date: 30 Apr 2019

Pages: 192

ISBN: 9781526753618

Description: For the first time in 20 years, the Cricket World Cup returns to England and Wales and with the England team close to the top of the one day rankings, expectation and enthusiasm for this event is bound to be high. Each of the eleven tournaments have been written up to include records of matches and individual performances, as well as a brief setting of the scene. Clear and concise, these chapters include the relevant statistics, such as the highest and lowest totals, match aggregates, highest partnerships, top individual batting and bowling performances and biggest and smallest victory margins. Quirky findings such as the lowest team total to include a century partnership, birthday performances, most batsmen bowled out in an innings, as well as many more, are revealed in the miscellany section and are sure to delight cricket lovers. A History & Guide to the Cricket World Cup is informative, factual and engaging, making it the perfect companion for attendees of the 2019 tournament.
Sam Quek
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781526733498
Pub Date: 16 Jul 2018

Format: Hardback

Pub Date: 16 Jul 2018

Pages: 224

ISBN: 9781526733498

Description: She rose to prominence as one of the Team GB women’s hockey team that made history by winning Olympic gold in Rio in 2016. But Sam Quek’s path to glory was far from easy. Overcoming adversity from a young age, she dreamed of competing for her country in the Olympic arena – yet saw those dreams nearly crushed when she narrowly missed out on selection for Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Hitting rock bottom and contemplating quitting the sport she loved, she battled back to defy the odds and become part of a success story that captivated millions of TV viewers who were on the edge of their seats as Great Britain overcame arch rivals Netherlands in a thrilling final. Since then Sam has faced her fears on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here and has branched out from hockey, proving herself to be a popular and authoritative voice on a range of sports from men and women's football to NFL. Outspoken, courageous and funny, Sam gives readers a unique insight into what it takes to become an elite sportsperson as she charts her remarkable journey from humble beginnings in Liverpool to Olympic gold.
James Taylor: Cut Short
Format: Hardback
Pages: 185
ISBN: 9781526732378
Pub Date: 01 Jun 2018

Format: Hardback

Pub Date: 01 Jun 2018

Pages: 185

ISBN: 9781526732378

Description: James Taylor was born in Burrough on the Hill, Leicestershire, in 1990. A sporting phenomenon from an early age, he chose to forge a life in cricket, establishing himself as one of the country’s leading batsmen and an England regular. And then tragedy struck. In April 2016, a serious heart condition left Taylor fighting for his life in the changing room. Told he faced possible death if he played cricket, or exercised, ever again, James’s bright and brilliant career was over at the age of 26. In Cut Short, Taylor reveals his route to the top. On the way, he describes how he encountered prejudice against his size and how his Test debut was overshadowed by the negative attentions of Kevin Pietersen. He takes us through the highs and lows of his international career, including a century against the Australians and a closeup view of the unsavoury nature of David Warner. With the world at his feet, Taylor reveals just what it was like to have sporting ambition snatched away right at the point of international breakthrough. He relives in breathless detail the horrific events of the day he thought he was going to die and his desolation at watching a fine sporting career torn from his grasp. The aftermath was a battle bigger than any he ever encountered on the pitch, a battle to rebuild his life and make sense of the personal bombshell with which he had been afflicted, and, unexpectedly, a battle for his future. At the same time, he was getting used to a body which, on several occasions, left him fearing for his existence. That James has emerged from these dark days with courage, good humour, and renewed ambition is testament to a remarkable personality. Cut Short is the story of a true never-say-die character.