0
Your cart

Your cart is empty

Browse All departments
Price
  • R0 - R50 (4)
  • R50 - R100 (113)
  • R100 - R250 (1,882)
  • R250 - R500 (4,166)
  • R500+ (2,316)
  • -
Status
Format
Author / Contributor
Publisher

Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Sport

Muhammad Ali: The Story of a Boxing Legend (Hardcover): Alan Goldstein Muhammad Ali: The Story of a Boxing Legend (Hardcover)
Alan Goldstein; Foreword by George Foreman
R609 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R199 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Proclaimed the young fighter from Louisville. Most boxing fans criticised this upstart and few believed he had the skills to justify such a statement. He proved them so very wrong on so many levels. Muhammad Ali became the greatest heavyweight ever to step into the boxing ring and a compelling presence outside of it - the most recognised man on the planet. Muhammad Ali: The Story of a Boxing Legend charts the fascinating story of an extraordinary man through the words of not just Ali himself, but of those who were lucky enough to bear witness to the legend that was unfolding in front of them.

The Escape Artist - Life from the Saddle (Paperback, New Ed): Matt Seaton The Escape Artist - Life from the Saddle (Paperback, New Ed)
Matt Seaton
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) In stock

For a time there were four bikes in Matt Seaton?s life. His evenings were spent 'doing the miles' on the roads out of south London and into the hills of the North Downs and Kent Weald. Weekends were taken up with track meets, time trials and road races ? rides that took him from cold village halls at dawn and onto the empty bypasses of southern England.

With its rituals, its code of honour and its comradeship, cycling became a passion that bordered on possession. It was at once a world apart, private to its initiates and, through the races he rode in Belgium, Mallorca and Ireland, a passport to an international fraternity. But then marriage, children and his wife's illness forced a reckoning with real life and, ultimately, a reappraisal of why cycling had become so compelling in the first place. Today, those bikes are scattered, sold, or gathering dust in an attic.

Wry, frank and elegiac, ?The Escape Artist? is a celebration of an amateur sport and the simple beauty of cycling. It is also a story about the passage from youth to adulthood, about what it means to give up something fiercely loved in return for a kind of wisdom.

AB: Die Outobiografie (Afrikaans, Hardcover): A.B. De Villiers AB: Die Outobiografie (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
A.B. De Villiers 3
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

AB de Villiers is een van Suid-Afrika se grootste sporthelde. Hy is sedert 2011 kaptein van die Suid-Afrikaanse eendagspan asook ’n lid van die nasionale span sedert hy op 20 Desember 2004, op 20-jarige ouderdom, sy buiging vir die Proteas gemaak het. AB het reg deur sy lewe op die sportveld uitgeblink én word vandag as een van die beste kolwers ter węreld, in alle aspekte van die spel beskou.

AB: Die Outobiografie, sal insig bied oor die man agter die kolf en onder die kopskerm, asook oor deurslaggewende oomblikke tydens sy loopbaan en sy verhoudingsbande met verskillende mentors. Die leser sal teruggeneem word na die agterplaas van AB se ouerhuis waar hy as kind die eerste keer saam met sy broers leer krieket speel het, en sal voorgestel word aan al die kleurvolle karakters en sportlui wat paaie met AB gekruis het.

AB se belangstelling in musiek en in die sakewęreld word ook onder die loep geneem asook hoe hy hierdie belangstellings van hom saam met sy internasionale krieketloopbaan uitleef.

The Boys In The Boat - An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Daniel James Brown The Boys In The Boat - An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
Daniel James Brown 2
R230 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, this is the bestselling story about a rowing team's quest for Olympic gold in Nazi Germany. Cast aside by his family at an early age, abandoned and left to fend for himself in the woods of Washington State, young Joe Rantz turns to rowing as a way of escaping his past. What follows is an extraordinary journey, as Joe and eight other working-class boys exchange the sweat and dust of life in 1930s America for the promise of glory at the heart of Hitler's Berlin. Stroke by stroke, a remarkable young man strives to regain his shattered self-regard, to dare again to trust in others - and to find his way back home. Told against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat is narrative non-fiction of the first order; a personal story full of lyricism and unexpected beauty that rises above the grand sweep of history, and captures instead the purest essence of what it means to be alive. 'I really can't rave enough about this book . . . I read the last fifty pages with white knuckles, and the last twenty-five with tears in my eyes' - David Laskin, author of The Children's Blizzard and The Long Way Home.

Coach Tommy Thompson and the Boys of Sequoyah (Paperback): Patti Dickinson Coach Tommy Thompson and the Boys of Sequoyah (Paperback)
Patti Dickinson; Foreword by Chad "Corntassel" Smith
R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When eleven-year-old Tommy Thompson arrived at a government-run Indian boarding school in 1915, it seemed a last resort for the youngster. Instead, it turned out to be the first step toward a life dedicated to helping others. Thompson went on to become a star athlete and football coach--a Cherokee legend whose story is remembered by many and is now finally told for a wider audience.

Following gridiron fame at Northeastern State College, Thompson returned to Sequoyah Vocational School in 1947 as Boys' Coach and Advisor. More than a thousand boys attended the boarding school during the eleven years he coached there. Writing for readers old and young, Patti Dickinson tells the inspiring story of how this one man made a difference in the lives of a generation of Indian youth.

Through football, Thompson taught his boys the skills and values they would need to succeed in life, and twice led his team to the state finals. Dickinson describes the success of that program, including one epic, rain-soaked championship game. She paints compelling portraits of Thompson's boys--the men whose firsthand stories and reminiscences form the basis of the narrative--and re-creates daily life at the school.

To his boys, Thompson was Ah-sky-uh, "the man," a Cherokee term of respect. Half a century after his death, Sequoyah High School still reveres his memory. This book secures his place in history as it opens a new window on the boarding school experience.

Harry Haft - Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano (Paperback): Alan Scott Haft Harry Haft - Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano (Paperback)
Alan Scott Haft
R364 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Alan Scott Haft provides the first-hand testimony of his father, Harry Haft, a holocaust victim with a singular story of endurance, desperation, and unrequited love. Harry Haft was a sixteen-year-old Polish Jew when he entered a concentration camp in 1944. Forced to fight other Jews in bare-knuckle bouts for the perverse entertainment of SS officers, Harry quickly learned that his own survival depended on his ability to fight and win. Haft details the inhumanity of the "sport" in which he must perform in brutal contests for the officers. Ultimately escaping the camp, Haft's experience left him an embittered and pugnacious young man. Determined to find freedom, Haft traveled to America and began a career as a professional boxer, quickly finding success using his sharp instincts and fierce confidence. In a historic battle, Haft fights in a match with Rocky Marciano, the future undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. Haft's boxing career takes him into the world of such boxing legends as Rocky Graziano, Roland La Starza, and Artie Levine, and he reveals new details about the rampant corruption at all levels of the sport. In sharp contrast to Elie Wiesel's scholarly, pious protagonist in Night, Harry Haft is an embattled survivor, challenging the reader's capacity to understand suffering and find compassion for an antihero whose will to survive threatens his own humanity. Haft's account, at once dispassionate and deeply absorbing, is an extraordinary story and an invaluable contribution to Holocaust literature.

Reboot - My Life, My Time (Paperback): Michael Owen Reboot - My Life, My Time (Paperback)
Michael Owen
R436 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R93 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Cycle of Lies - The Fall of Lance Armstrong (Paperback): Juliet Macur Cycle of Lies - The Fall of Lance Armstrong (Paperback)
Juliet Macur 1
R316 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R84 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fly-on-the-wall account of the greatest drama in modern sporting history by the New York Times cycling correspondent. As Lance Armstrong's precipitous fall from grace continues, New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur takes the reader behind the scenes to bring to life the astonishing twists and turns of the scandal that has rocked the world of cycling. With unprecedented access to the key players in the drama - from Armstrong's fellow cyclists and top cycling officials to doctors, trainers and wives - Cycle of Lies reveals how Armstrong built a fortress of people around him to protect his image and upend the lives of anybody who stood in his way. As America's fallen idol faces potential perjury charges, Cycle of Lies widens the focus to expose corruption at all levels of the sport in a thrilling, page-turning work of contemporary narrative history.

He's One Of Our Own - The Story Of Chris Wilder's Blades Revolution (Paperback): Danny Hall He's One Of Our Own - The Story Of Chris Wilder's Blades Revolution (Paperback)
Danny Hall
R353 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In April 2016, as they slumped to their lowest finish since 1983 and anger turned to apathy, Sheffield United was a club on the floor. A year later, they were reborn; champions of the division, history-makers on the rise again. And the man who dragged out of the doldrums was boyhood fan, former ballboy and player and now manager, Chris Wilder. His story is probably as close to a fairytale as modern football allows. Fifteen years after managing in a Sheffield Sunday League, Wilder has established a reputation as one of English football's brightest talents after tasting success, often against a destabilising backdrop of financial difficulty, at every club he has worked at; including one which had no footballs. Featuring contributions from players, friends and acquaintances who know him well, this book explores that apprenticeship and then how Wilder turned around a sleeping giant, transformed their fortunes on and off the field and reconnected club and supporters. Fans hail him as 'one of their own' and under Wilder, United are united again.

Bobby Robson - The Ultimate Patriot (Hardcover): Bob Harris Bobby Robson - The Ultimate Patriot (Hardcover)
Bob Harris 1
R650 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R110 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Faces of Exploration - Encounters with 50 Extraordinary Pioneers (Hardcover): Joanna Vestey Faces of Exploration - Encounters with 50 Extraordinary Pioneers (Hardcover)
Joanna Vestey 2
R618 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R199 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Faces of Exploration" is a lavishly produced collection of interviews, photographs and biographies of fifty of the world's most famous and inspirational explorers. It will appeal to anyone motivated by examples of human endeavour, fascinated by exploration or interested in what makes people risk their lives to undertake epic journeys. Anthropologists, ethnologists, cavers, climbers, balloonists, pilots, astronauts, polar specialists, desert explorers, and sailors are all included. Each pioneer has been interviewed and photographed exclusively by award-winning photographer Joanna Vestey. Best-selling travel writer Justin Marozzi compliments the stunning images with evocative text, an additional photograph is supplied by the explorers themselves from their personal archives. Many were previously unpublished. "Faces of Exploration" is the first collection to focus entirely on contemporary explorers. It is endorsed with the double authority of the Royal Geographic Society and the Explorers Club, and is filled with inspirational stories and images that will bring this defining period of history to life. Explorers featured include: Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Buzz Aldrin, Sir Edmund Hilary, Sir Richard Branson, Steve Fossett, Sir Chris Bonnington, Bear Grylls, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and many more.

Suddenly A Footballer - My Story (Paperback): Juan Mata Suddenly A Footballer - My Story (Paperback)
Juan Mata
R484 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R118 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Jewish Sports Legends - The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (Paperback, Fifth Edition): Joseph Siegman Jewish Sports Legends - The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (Paperback, Fifth Edition)
Joseph Siegman
R957 R747 Discovery Miles 7 470 Save R210 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Following the 1972 Olympics one sportswriter referred to Mark Spitz, winner of seven gold medals, as "the first great Jewish athlete." He couldn't have been more wrong. As Jewish Sports Legends shows, Jews have excelled at athletics for centuries. This engaging volume illuminates the lives and unforgettable accomplishments of Jews in virtually every major sport played worldwide. Baseball stars Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg, basketball's Red Auerbach and Dolph Schayes, and football's Sid Luckman and Marv Levy are only a few notable examples. With photographs accompanying almost every sports personality, this fifth edition introduces some famous and some not-so-famous Jewish sports greats throughout history. More than eighty new entries have been added to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame since 2005, among them Lyle Alzado, Max Baer, Ira Berkow, Kenny Bernstein, Sasha Cohen, Shawn Green, Donna Geils Orender, Aly Raisman, and Bud Selig. While most of those profiled are professional sport champions and Olympic gold medalists, the book also features great coaches, officials, journalists, and other significant contributors in every major sport.

The Rocket - Baseball Legend Roger Clemens (Hardcover): Joseph Janczak The Rocket - Baseball Legend Roger Clemens (Hardcover)
Joseph Janczak
R646 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Big names have always dominated baseball, and one of the biggest in recent history is Roger Clemens - the Rocket. As a baseball great, he has shown what it means to succeed, both on the field and off, in his near quarter century of major-league service. "The Rocket: Baseball Legend Roger Clemens" journeys from Clemens' humble and sometimes difficult childhood through his illustrious career in Boston, Toronto, New York, and Houston. Clemens rose through the ranks, setting a new example of devoted work ethic and responsibility to team and fan alike. Through it all he remained a dedicated family man, not a trait usually associated with the free-for-all image of a major-league baseball player. Joseph Janczak traces Clemens' career from his high school days; through his University of Texas collegiate baseball (where he was given the pre-Rocket nickname of "Goose"); and on to his minor-league and major-league career. Baseball's image when Clemens first started in the halcyon days of the mid-1980s quickly dissolved into that of a sport saddled with crises and scandals, such as gambling, steroids, strikes, and fan distrust. But Clemens rose above it all and has set an example for the fans, who he says are the reason for his hard work on the mound each game. "The Rocket" includes thoughts from teammates, opponents, and Clemens himself on his legendary career. Janczak also discusses the ongoing steroid controversy and the Rocket's philanthropic endeavors to the community. Written for baseball fans of all ages and all levels of knowledge of the game, "The Rocket" shows why baseball is America's pastime and why some stars still deserve to be idolized.

Aim High - Irish Sports Stars, Trailblazers and Mavericks (Hardcover): Donny Mahoney Aim High - Irish Sports Stars, Trailblazers and Mavericks (Hardcover)
Donny Mahoney; Illustrated by Eoin Coveney
R411 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Meet the Irish men and women who aimed high in the sport they love. From Dan Donnelly, our first heavyweight boxing champion, to our greatest runner, Sonia O'Sullivan. From Brian O'Driscoll's amazing rugby performances to Rosemary Smyth's rally driving brilliance. From the heroic rowing of the O'Donoval brothers to the our women's hockey team: the first ever Irish team to reach a world final. Featuring many people whose achievements have fallen from view, such as Anne O'Brien (the first Irish female professional football player) and Francie Barrett, the first traveller to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. The remarkable stories of these trailblazers from throughout Ireland will inspire and excite children of all ages. Donny Mahoney and illustrator Eoin Coveney will draw you into the amazing world of these athletes, and introduce the next generation of role models.

Form - My Autobiography (Paperback): Kieren Fallon Form - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Kieren Fallon 1
R256 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R84 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE SPORTS BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR Kieren Fallon was one of the world's greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest autobiography, he tells all. 'The most eagerly anticipated racing autobiography for many years' Greg Wood, Guardian As a jockey, Kieren Fallon had a unique rapport with his horses, often coaxing them to victory when others had struggled. His skill and commitment made him a punter's favourite. His magnificent record, which saw him crowned Champion Jockey on six occasions, ensured he became one of racing's biggest stars. But that was only ever part of the story. Having come over to the UK from Ireland to make his name, Fallon's combative nature brought him to the attention of the racing authorities. When he dragged a rival jockey off his mount in 1994, he began a series of run-ins that would eventually see him on trial in the Old Bailey, accused of race fixing. Although the judge eventually ruled that there was no case to answer, the damage to his career and reputation had been done. In Form, Kieren Fallon provides a searingly honest account of his life, and the pressures he faced to get to the top of his sport, where winning was never enough, and where relaxation came in the shape of a bottle of vodka or a meal that had to be 'flipped' immediately to ensure he maintained his weight. He worked with some of the best trainers and won all the biggest races, but true happiness only ever really came to him when he was on the back of a horse - a joy that he still feels now that he has retired from racing as he rides work early in the morning. Brutally honest as well as entertaining, this is a unique sporting memoir.

The Alistair Cook Story (Paperback): St James's House The Alistair Cook Story (Paperback)
St James's House 1
R288 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R111 (39%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
You're Better Than That! - How To Fix Modern Football (Paperback): Chris Sutton You're Better Than That! - How To Fix Modern Football (Paperback)
Chris Sutton 1
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

"A manifesto to cure modern football's cornucopia of ills." - i paper "As a player and pundit I've seen and experienced plenty of the good, the bad and the ugly. And let's get face facts - there is still plenty of the bad and ugly. Our game can be so much better, and in this book I'll tell you just how." In his trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, Chris sets his sights on 25 aspects of the modern game that need fixing. From ridiculous rules and feckless agents to dreaded VAR and abusive fans, no subject is out of bounds. Discover which managers Sutton slams for giving bland post-match interviews, which clubs are fleecing their fans and why he believes Messi and Ronaldo aren't as good as Best and Maradona. In You're Better Than That! Sutton also reveals who has bagged a spot in his top 10 lists - from the best-value players and most entertaining teams, to the most underrated players and best FA Cup moments. A former top-level pro player with a 16-year, trophy-laden career behind him, Chris knows the game from the inside out. Now observing from the commentator's perch, his perspective is shot through with experience, passion and occasionally a little anger. Sutton is a man on a mission, determined to get under the skin of the game he loves and to call out exactly what's going wrong.

Mr Unbelievable (Paperback): Chris Kamara Mr Unbelievable (Paperback)
Chris Kamara 1
R281 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R75 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

High jinx and japes from Soccer Saturday's roving reporter extraordinaire, Chris "Kammy" Kamara, whose boyish enthusiasm and often baffling, at-the-ground football reportage has given him cult status and an army of fans.

Over the past decade, football results programme Soccer Saturday has become a television phenomenon, delivering goals and drama via a raft of ex-professional players positioned in TV studios and on precarious gangplanks in rusting stadiums around the country.

At the heart of this success is free-wheeling pundit and roving reporter extraordinaire, Chris "Kammy" Kamara, the former footballer-turned-manager-turned-cult hero who has astounded and dumbfounded a legion of armchair fans with his crackpot catchphrases, hyperactive reporting style and Lionel Richie haircut.

Mr Unbelievable is his rags to riches tale. As a player, Kammy trawled football's outposts with the likes of Bradford City, Stoke City and Portsmouth where he suffered the slings, arrows and hurled bananas of racial abuse. Later, during the autumn of his career, he played in Howard Wilkinson's swashbuckling Leeds team where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Eric Cantona.

On hanging up his boots, he moved into the dugouts at Bradford and Stoke as manager before joining the Sky football revolution as roving reporter on Soccer Saturday and Goal On Sunday's eagle-eyed analyst, amassing a raft of catchphrases along the way.

Mr Unbelievable is a hugely entertaining, moving, shocking and laugh out loud funny story of a genuine cult hero.

Duncan Edwards: The Greatest (Paperback): James Leighton Duncan Edwards: The Greatest (Paperback)
James Leighton 1
R254 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R68 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the greatest players of all time, Duncan Edwards's story is one of tragic heroism, brilliantly and movingly told in this superb biography. From a working-class Dudley upbringing, Edwards rose to great heights at Manchester United. In only five years, he helped United to win two league championships and to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup. Among the Busby Babes - United's young, homegrown team - he was the player they all looked to, someone who could (and did) play in any position and still be the best on the pitch. Edwards made his England debut in a game against Scotland at the age of 18 years and 183 days, becoming his country's youngest international since the Second World War - a record which stood until Michael Owen's debut over forty years later. He went on to play 18 games for his country, including all four of the qualifying matched for the 1958 World Cup, in which he was expected to be a key player.Sir Bobby Charlton described him as 'the only player that made me feel inferior' and Terry Venables claimed that, had he lived, it would have been Edwards, not Bobby Moore, who would have lifted the World Cup as captain in 1966. Sadly, it was not to be, after he lost his life following the Munich Air Disaster of 6 February 1958. Page-turning and poignant, author James Leighton tells a story of a magnificent sportsman and great man - the perfect antidote to the headline-grabbing footballers of today.

The Three Kings (Paperback): Leo. Moynihan, Jonny Owen The Three Kings (Paperback)
Leo. Moynihan, Jonny Owen 1
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Three of the greatest football clubs: Celtic, Liverpool and Manchester United. Their three greatest managers: Jock Stein, Bill Shankly and Matt Busby. Three men born within a 20-mile radius of each other in the central lowlands of Scotland; forged in mining communities to subsequently shape the course of modern football. From a BAFTA-winning documentary film maker and the people who brought us AMY, I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES and SENNA, this is a book for anyone who loves football and its history.

Rocky - The Tears and Triumphs of David Rocastle (Hardcover): James Leighton Rocky - The Tears and Triumphs of David Rocastle (Hardcover)
James Leighton 1
R543 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R189 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In spring 1998, David Rocastle was sitting in the stands at Highbury watching his beloved Arsenal close in on the Premier League title. On the pitch were many of those he had played with earlier in his career. But now, at the age of 30, when he should have been at his peak, injuries meant he was out of the game. Within three years, he would be dead after suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer. It was a loss that devastated his family, and was keenly felt by team-mates and football fans across the country. James Leighton tells the extraordinary story of a boy whose footballing dreams all came true, but whose time at the top was cut short. When former Arsenal chairman David Dein first saw the 16-year-old Rocastle in action, he rushed home saying: 'I've seen the nearest thing to a Brazilian you'll ever see in our Academy - and he's from Lewisham!' A year later he was in the first XI, and by the time he was 20 he had won the League Cup. In 1989, he was part of the team that won the league title in the most dramatic circumstances, with virtually the last kick of the season. Rocastle moved on from Arsenal in 1992, but injuries increasingly hampered his career. Now, in Rocky, we hear from friends, family and team-mates what he was really like, on and off the field. As we do, we understand why it is that Arsenal fans still regularly chant his name almost 25 years since he left the club and why he is one of the select few to have their portraits permanently displayed on the exterior of the Emirates Stadium.

Form - My Autobiography (Hardcover): Kieren Fallon Form - My Autobiography (Hardcover)
Kieren Fallon 1
R571 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R200 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE SPORTS BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR Kieren Fallon was one of the world's greatest jockeys, but his career was littered with controversial incidents. Now, in his powerful and honest autobiography, he tells all. 'The most eagerly anticipated racing autobiography for many years' Greg Wood, Guardian As a jockey, Kieren Fallon had a unique rapport with his horses, often coaxing them to victory when others had struggled. His skill and commitment made him a punter's favourite. His magnificent record, which saw him crowned Champion Jockey on six occasions, ensured he became one of racing's biggest stars. But that was only ever part of the story. Having come over to the UK from Ireland to make his name, Fallon's combative nature brought him to the attention of the racing authorities. When he dragged a rival jockey off his mount in 1994, he began a series of run-ins that would eventually see him on trial in the Old Bailey, accused of race fixing. Although the judge eventually ruled that there was no case to answer, the damage to his career and reputation had been done. In Form, Kieren Fallon provides a searingly honest account of his life, and the pressures he faced to get to the top of his sport, where winning was never enough, and where relaxation came in the shape of a bottle of vodka or a meal that had to be 'flipped' immediately to ensure he maintained his weight. He worked with some of the best trainers and won all the biggest races, but true happiness only ever really came to him when he was on the back of a horse - a joy that he still feels now that he has retired from racing as he rides work early in the morning. Brutally honest as well as entertaining, this is a unique sporting memoir.

Six Foot Two, Eyes OF Blue... - The Authorised Biography of Jim Holton (Paperback): Colin Leslie Six Foot Two, Eyes OF Blue... - The Authorised Biography of Jim Holton (Paperback)
Colin Leslie; Foreword by Jan Holton
R314 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R105 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Brown Bullet - Rajo Jack's Drive to Integrate Auto Racing (Hardcover): Bill Poehler Brown Bullet - Rajo Jack's Drive to Integrate Auto Racing (Hardcover)
Bill Poehler
R652 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R142 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Free Delivery
Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+
You may like...
Cristiano & Leo - The Race To Become The…
Jimmy Burns Paperback R330 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730
A Handful Of Summers
Gordon Forbes Paperback R270 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230
Commander In Cheat - How Golf Explains…
Rick Reilly Hardcover  (1)
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720
Too Black To Wear Whites
Richard Parry, Jonty Winch Paperback R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080
Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder…
Mark Schultz, David Thomas Paperback  (1)
R295 Discovery Miles 2 950
The Jersey - The Secrets Behind The…
Peter Bills Paperback R340 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810
Empire, War & Cricket In South Africa…
Dean Allen Hardcover  (3)
R390 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120
Ordinary Joe
Joe Schmidt Paperback  (1)
R210 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490
Confluence - Beyond The River With…
Piers Cruikshanks Paperback  (3)
R285 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360
Miracle Men - How Rassie's Springboks…
Lloyd Burnard Paperback  (1)
R275 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850

 

Partners