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Nine Lives - Expeditions to Everest (Paperback): Robert Mads Anderson Nine Lives - Expeditions to Everest (Paperback)
Robert Mads Anderson
R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Robert Mads Anderson is an elite mountaineer with a solitary goal: to conquer Everest. After nearly getting killed on his first expedition, he led a team up a new route on the Kangshung Face without oxygen or Sherpa support, climbed solo on the remote North Face, and finally guided a team to the top of the world. Incorporating a who's who of internationally recognised climbers, including Stephen Venables, Reinhold Messner and Chris Bonington, Nine Lives traces the story of Everest, from the big, nationally supported expeditions of the 1980s; through the small teams forging new routes and climbing solo; to the commercially guided expeditions of today. Set against the majestic backdrop of the world's tallest peak, Anderson's nine Everest expeditions over eighteen years define what truly drives a human being to the greatest of heights. With a foreword by Peter Hillary and 32 pages of colour photography, in Nine Lives Robert Mads Anderson offers his personal account of the world's highest mountain.

Magnus Carlsen -- A Life In Pictures - The story of the World Champion in more than 200 photos (Paperback): Jonathan Tisdall Magnus Carlsen -- A Life In Pictures - The story of the World Champion in more than 200 photos (Paperback)
Jonathan Tisdall
R545 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R47 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Magnus Carlsen: A Life in Pictures tells the story of the reigning World Chess Champion. Magnus Carlsen, born in 1990 in Oslo, Norway, became a Grandmaster by 13. Carlsen was crowned World Champion in 2013, when he defeated Anand and has successfully defended his title three times. He currently plays again for the title in Dubai. Carlsen is a family man, often surrounded by his father, mother and sisters. As a sports fanatic he plays and follows football and basketball. He doesnt shy away from his celebrity status, and was both a G-Star model and a Real Madrid VIPguest. But his most genuine smile breaks through when he talks chess with his youngest fans, the kids in a chess tournament. For this book, publisher New In Chess, part of the Play Magnus Group, had access to pictures of the Carlsen family archive and to all pictures of the best chess photographers.

I Am Third - The Inspiration for Brian's Song: Third Edition (Paperback, 3rd ed.): Gale Sayers, Al Silverman I Am Third - The Inspiration for Brian's Song: Third Edition (Paperback, 3rd ed.)
Gale Sayers, Al Silverman
R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Gale Sayers' book I Am Third, with Al Silverman, is a stirring, painfully honest account of his struggle to become the greatest running back in history and that agonizing moment between immortality and becoming a cripple." The New York Times Book Review

Oscar Charleston - The Life and Legend of Baseball's Greatest Forgotten Player (Paperback): Jeremy Beer Oscar Charleston - The Life and Legend of Baseball's Greatest Forgotten Player (Paperback)
Jeremy Beer
R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Winner of the SABR Seymour Medal Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year by Spitball Magazine Winner of SABR's Larry Ritter and Robert Peterson Awards Buck O'Neil once described him as "Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Tris Speaker rolled into one." Among experts he is regarded as the best player in Negro Leagues history. During his prime he became a legend in Cuba and one of Black America's most popular figures. Yet even among serious sports fans, Oscar Charleston is virtually unknown today. In a long career spanning from 1915 to 1954, Charleston played against, managed, befriended, and occasionally fought men such as Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Jesse Owens, Roy Campanella, and Branch Rickey. He displayed tremendous power, speed, and defensive instincts along with a fierce intelligence and commitment to his craft. While Charleston never played in the Major Leagues, he was a trailblazer who became the first Black man to work as a scout for a Major League team when Branch Rickey hired him to evaluate players for the Dodgers. Charleston's combined record as a player, manager, and scout makes him the most accomplished figure in Black baseball history. His mastery of the quintessentially American sport under the conditions of segregation revealed what was possible for Black achievement, bringing hope to millions. Oscar Charleston introduces readers to one of America's greatest and most fascinating athletes.

Ron Greenwood - A Biography of English Football's Forgotten Manager (Hardcover): Mike Miles Ron Greenwood - A Biography of English Football's Forgotten Manager (Hardcover)
Mike Miles
R514 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This is the first full-length biography of Ron Greenwood, West Ham United's most successful trophy-winning manager - a man who was instrumental in the development of 1966 World Cup-winning heroes Moore, Hurst and Peters. Ron lacked the ruthlessness of his more feted contemporaries, Bill Shankly and Don Revie, with whom his trophy success did not compare. But his West Ham team of the mid-1960s had its own moments of heady triumph - an FA Cup win in 1964 (the club's first), a European Cup Winners' Cup victory in 1965 (only the second European win by an English club) - and crucially they were always easy on the eye, even in defeat. Then there was the little matter of supplying three team members to England's World Cup victory in 1966, at a tournament in which their perfection of Greenwood's near-post cross ploy proved devastating. After 16 years at West Ham, Greenwood became England manager in 1977 and led them to the 1982 World Cup. An impeccable sportsman, deep thinker and skilled communicator, he was a noble servant to football.

7 Steps to Strong - Get Fit. Boost Your Mood. Kick Start Your Confidence (Hardcover): Lisa Lanceford 7 Steps to Strong - Get Fit. Boost Your Mood. Kick Start Your Confidence (Hardcover)
Lisa Lanceford
R405 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R81 (20%) Ships in 7 - 12 working days

*Change your life through fitness - feel-good, sustainable advice on nutrition, training & mental health - from the UK's N.1 Women's Fitness Trainer* Strong Body = Strong Mind. Lisa Lanceford's life was transformed through the power of fitness. The daily habit of working out and eating better led to improvements in her mood, confidence and personal relationships. Today she feels strong, loves her body and is happier at home and work. Written with Lisa's characteristic warmth, accessibility and humour, and founded in nutritional science, 7 Steps to Strong outlines her essential advice for readers in an easy-to-follow guide. Includes tips on: - Weight Training and how to build muscle (and fight stereotypes/misconceptions of femininity) - Fat Loss and the myths around losing 'weight' - Daily HIIT schedules, nutrition and mood-boosting workouts - Gym-free alternatives and home fitness - How to unlock confidence, de-stress and conquer anxiety

Chalked Up - My Life in Elite Gymnastics (Paperback): Jennifer Sey Chalked Up - My Life in Elite Gymnastics (Paperback)
Jennifer Sey
R371 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R60 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Fanciful dreams of gold-medal glory led Jennifer Sey to the local gymnastics club in 1976. A natural aptitude and a willingness to endure punishing hard work took her to the elite ranks by the time she was eleven years old. Jennifer traveled the country and the world competing for the U.S. National team, but the higher she set her sights--the world championships, the 1988 Olympics--the more she began to ignore her physical and mental well-being. Jennifer suffered devastating injuries, developed an eating disorder, and lived far from family and friends, all for the sake of winning. When her parents and coaches lost sight of her best interests, Jennifer had no choice but to redefine her path into adulthood. She had to save herself.

Chalked Up delivers an unforgettable coming-of-age story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt not good enough and has finally come to accept who they were meant to be.

Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball (Hardcover): Dolph Grundman Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball (Hardcover)
Dolph Grundman
R557 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R89 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Grundman presents readers with a portrait, the first of its kind, of Dolph Schayes - the star of the Syracuse Nationals basketball team during the 1950s and 1960s. Schayes may not have one of the most recognizable names in basketball history, but his accomplishments are staggering. He was named one of the fifty greatest players of all time by the NBA, and he held six NBA records, including one for career scoring, at his retirement. Grundman chronicles Schayes's life from his early days as the child of Jewish Romanian immigrants, through his illustrious basketball career, first at New York University, then as part of the Syracuse Nationals. In writing about Schayes's career, Grundman also reflects on many of the revolutionary changes that were happening in the professional basketball world, changes that affected not only Schayes and his contemporaries but also the essence of the sport.

The Russian Affair - The True Story of the Couple who Uncovered the Greatest Sporting Scandal (Paperback, UK Edition): David... The Russian Affair - The True Story of the Couple who Uncovered the Greatest Sporting Scandal (Paperback, UK Edition)
David Walsh
R230 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R38 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2020 'Reads like a thriller, or even a spy novel...Walsh keeps you gripped' Rosamund Urwin, Sunday Times 'A turbulent but ultimately inspiring tale. The candour...is rare and gripping' Matt Dickinson, The Times It was the story that shocked the world: Russian athletics was revealed to be corrupt from top to bottom, with institutionalised doping used to help the nation's athletes win medals they did not deserve. But the full story of the couple who blew the whistle has never been told - until now. When Russian anti-doping official Vitaly Stepanov met the young 800m athlete Yuliya Rusanova, for him it was love at first sight. Within two months, they were married. But there was a problem - in fact, there were lots of problems. She admitted she was doping and that everyone else was doping, and she let him know that she came from a dark place ... It could all have brought a very swift end to a very hasty marriage, but gradually the Stepanovs began to realise that whatever you did, the system in Russia was stacked against you. In the end, the only ones they could rely upon were each other. Fully aware of the risks they were taking, they decided to turn the tables on those who had manipulated them and cheated the sporting world. The result of their investigative work sent shockwaves around the planet and led to Russia's athletes being banned from world sport, while the Stepanovs themselves had to go into hiding. The Russian Affair is a gripping true-life drama that at times reads like a spy novel and at others like an epic love story. But, at the centre of it all, is a quietly determined couple who knew that if they stood together they could shine a light on a corrupt system and bring it crashing to the ground.

A Clear Blue Sky - A Remarkable Memoir About Family, Loss and the Will to Overcome (Paperback): Jonny Bairstow, Duncan Hamilton A Clear Blue Sky - A Remarkable Memoir About Family, Loss and the Will to Overcome (Paperback)
Jonny Bairstow, Duncan Hamilton 1
R234 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R24 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

WINNER OF THE WISDEN BOOK OF THE YEAR As a young boy of eight, Jonny Bairstow was dealt a cruel blow. His father David 'Bluey' Bairstow, the combative and very popular wicketkeeper and captain of Yorkshire, took his own life at the age of forty-six. David left behind Jonny, Jonny's sister Becky and half-brother Andy, and his wife Janet, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer at the time of his death. From these incredibly tough circumstances, Jonny and his family strived to find an even keel and come to terms with the loss of their father and husband. Jonny found his way through his dedication to sport. He was a gifted and natural athlete, with potential careers ahead of him in rugby and football, but he eventually chose cricket and came to build a career that followed in his father's footsteps, eventually reaching the pinnacle of the sport and breaking the record for most Test runs in a year by a wicketkeeper. Written with multiple-award-winning writer Duncan Hamilton, this is an incredible story of triumph over adversity and a memoir with far-reaching lessons about determination and the will to overcome.

Breck - My Life in Football (Paperback): John Breckin, Les Payne Breck - My Life in Football (Paperback)
John Breckin, Les Payne
R317 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R50 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

To some, he is Mr Rotherham United. To Millers fans, he's a club legend. To everyone, simply - 'Breck'. From toddler fan to Life President, John Breckin's association with the club tops 50 years - starting as an apprentice professional at only 14. Third on the club's appearances list, no one knows The Millers better. His time with Ronnie Moore is fondly regarded as a special era in Rotherham United's modern history. In "BRECK: My Life in Football" his fund of tales and anecdotes provide intriguing insight and info into players, managers, transfers and lots more. Who was the household name throttling him and which two teammates rescued him? What he said to Elton John that got a favour from the Superstar. Sir Alex Ferguson's whispered advice. What did Chris Swailes say in the tunnel to the opposition? How he might have joined Sheffield Wednesday. Which local manager arranged a clandestine meeting in a darkened car park to try and sign him. The chairman seeking to pick the team; what was Ken Booth like and the ruse pulled on him? The player who loved a punch up, and the Millers fan who got Guy Branston sent off. Why he left three times and how he wished he'd linked up with Ronnie Moore one more time. Plus the hardest journey of his life. The abuse from his own supporters and the mental health issues that arose. Breck shows his serious side in two personal, emotional chapters sure to resonate with so many people who will identify with his pain. Typically, it's all in a great cause with profits to Rotherham Hospice, a place close to John's heart. Any Millers supporter throughout John Breckin's time will find something to enjoy and, hopefully, enlighten and amuse as well.

Paul Parker: England Cover (Hardcover): Paul Parker, Pat Symes Paul Parker: England Cover (Hardcover)
Paul Parker, Pat Symes
R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Paul Parker's England manager, Sir Bobby Robson, once described him as a player who "leaps like a salmon and tackles like a ferret". Paul's positional sense saw him snuff out the threat of the world's top strikers as he wrote his name into football's history books with his dazzling displays in the Italia 90 World Cup. The night England lost the semi-final to Germany on penalties saw Paul intrinsically involved in both goals, in a game which has gone down in football history. At the time he was captain and one of the most high-profile players of a buoyant QPR team. He later won a host of medals with Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson built a dynasty on the defence, marshalled by Paul. In his autobiography, Paul relives the years of struggle against racism which brought him to the top level of English football, reveals how he saved Fulham Football Club from extinction, why he left QPR and refused to sign for Arsenal and Spurs and how he struggled to cope with the debilitating injury which cost him his career. Never one to shirk an opinion, Paul reveals his thoughts on everything from bungs to racism, from the proliferation of England caps in the modern era to having a winning mentality. He also tells bundles of stories about the many personalities within the game with whom he has worked including Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Paul Gascoigne, Bobby Gould, Trevor Francis and Malcolm MacDonald. With a foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson, "Paul Parker: Tackles Like a Ferret" will entrance fans of all three clubs, plus a much wider audience who still hark back to that night in Turin when England so nearly reached the World Cup Final.

Beckham - The Making of a Megastar (Hardcover): Wayne Barton Beckham - The Making of a Megastar (Hardcover)
Wayne Barton 1
R267 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R88 (33%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Few footballers in history have commanded as much media attention as David Beckham. From the moment he announced himself to the world with a breathtaking goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996, he became public property. Over the next two years, as he embarked on a relationship with a Spice Girl and was sent off in a crucial World Cup game for England, he was loved and loathed in equal measure. The restoration of brand Beckham saw him installed as England captain and almost universally loved by the time he blazed a trail across the globe with stops in Madrid, Los Angeles, Milan and Paris. But what about the player behind the celebrity? What about the boy born to play for Manchester United - the midfielder who exemplified the idea that dedication and hard work can pay off? Isn't it time he was celebrated too? Drawing on exclusive interviews with former Beckham team-mates, acclaimed footballer writer Wayne Barton explores Beckham's contribution as one of the greatest players of his generation.

Beneath the Surface - My Story (Paperback): Michael Phelps Beneath the Surface - My Story (Paperback)
Michael Phelps; As told to Brian Cazeneuve; Foreword by Bob Costas
R395 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R57 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Peek into the mind of a champion swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time (28 medals, including 23 gold) In this candid memoir, Phelps talks openly about his battle with attention deficit disorder, the trauma of his parents' divorce, and the challenges that come with being thrust into the limelight. Readers will relive all the heart-stopping glory as Phelps completes his journey from the youngest man to ever set a world swimming record in 2001, to an Olympic powerhouse in 2008, to surpassing the greatest athlete of ancient Greece, Leonidas of Rhodes, with 13 triumphs in 2016. Athletes and fans alike will be fascinated by insights into Phelps's training, mental preparation, and behind-the-scenes perspective on international athletic competitions. A chronicle of Phelps's evolution from awkward teenager to record-breaking powerhouse, Beneath the Surface is a must-read for any sports fan.

Mind Games - The Ups and Downs of Life and Football (Paperback): Neville Southall Mind Games - The Ups and Downs of Life and Football (Paperback)
Neville Southall
R225 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R19 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this unique book, one of football's greatest cult players reflects on the travails of the sport and draws upon his own experience to offer an honest assessment on one of its final remaining taboos: mental health. The most difficult position in football? Being a goalkeeper. That's what they say, right? You must be mad to stand between those posts and bat away shots and crosses all game long. Neville Southall should know. He was the goalkeeper for one of the best teams of the 1980s and became an icon of the game during his 20-year career between the sticks. But what did it take to prepare himself mentally for the difficulties of the position? How did he dig so deep on the biggest occasions and in the highest-pressured moments? What scars were left at the end of his long career - a tenure that saw the highs of winning trophies, but also the lows of losing games, making mistakes and feeling the full weight of club and country on your shoulders. And how has he used his post-playing career to campaign for a better future for the next generation? In this unique book, one of football's greatest cult players reflects on the travails of the modern game, how some of society's problems are reflected within it and draws upon his own experience to tackle one of its final remaining taboos: mental health. On fear of failure, confidence, sexuality and homophobia, suicide, social media and many other talking points - Neville doesn't hold back on the biggest subjects and gets stuck in to some of the most important topics surrounding the beautiful game.

Deliberate Concealment - An Insider's Account of Cricket South Africa and the Ipl Bonus Saga (Paperback): Mtutuzeli Nyoka Deliberate Concealment - An Insider's Account of Cricket South Africa and the Ipl Bonus Saga (Paperback)
Mtutuzeli Nyoka 1
R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) Ships in 7 - 12 working days

Mtutuzeli Nyoka grew up loving and playing the game of cricket. In 2008, he was appointed as the president of Cricket South Africa (CSA), a position he held until October 2011 when, after a protracted battle with the CSA board, he was dismissed. However, he continued to call for a commission of inquiry into irregularities in CSA. And when retired Judge Chris Nicholson conducted an investigation into CSA, his findings on the corruption and maladministration in the game were damning, particularly in terms of Gerald Majola.

In Deliberate Concealment, Nyoka shares his behind-the-scenes experiences and personal journey as events unfolded, including his own mistakes, the repercussions of the scandal on the game of cricket in South Africa, and his fight for the truth to prevail.

"This is an extraordinary story of one man’s courage and determination to seek the truth and make sure it saw the light of day." – GILES CLARKE, president of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

"During his tenure as president of Cricket South Africa, Mtutuzeli Nyoka fought almost alone to expose corruption and improve corporate governance within the higher echelons of South African cricket … For this the cricket community of South Africa owe him a great deal of gratitude." – DR ALI BACHER

Full Time: The Secret Life Of Tony Cascarino (Paperback, Re-issue): Paul Kimmage Full Time: The Secret Life Of Tony Cascarino (Paperback, Re-issue)
Paul Kimmage 1
R228 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R60 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In a world where so many books by and about footballers are little more than bland PR exercises, Full Timebreaks the mould decisively. Stripping away the facade of what we think life must be like for an international football star, Paul Kimmage reveals a different story when it comes to Irish footballer Tony Cascarino. Scarred by his childhood, haunted by indiscretion and troubled by a secret from his past, Cascarino is struggling to find answers as he speeds towards the most terrifying juncture in sport: the end. As Cascarino opens up about his fears, crippling loss of confidence and sexual indiscretion, no wonder The Timesvoted it one of the Top Ten football books of all time and Eamon Dunphy said of it: 'If it were fiction this book could win the Booker Prize.'

They Call Me Coach (Paperback, Ed): John Wooden They Call Me Coach (Paperback, Ed)
John Wooden
R581 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R95 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The critically acclaimed, classic autobiography of UCLA basketballs legendary coach



What Knute Rockne was to football, Connie Mack to baseball, and Wilbur and Orville Wright to flying, John Wooden is to basketball. --Los Angeles Times



They Call Me Coach is grassroots Americana, a story bigger than basketball. One of those rare sports books that is must reading for everyone. --Chicago Tribune



Now featuring a great new look and a Foreword by hoop Hall of Famer Bill Walton, this classic bestselling sports bio by Americas winningest coach is back. Still charming fans everywhere, college basketball legend John Wooden reflects on his record-breaking career, his inspired life behind the scenes, and how his top players went on to shape and change the NBA. With worldly wisdom, Wooden offers a very personal history of an unforgettable time in college basketball, answering the most-asked questions about his life, his career, and the players who made his team unbeatable.



The Rebounders - A Division I Basketball Journey (Hardcover): Amanda Ottaway The Rebounders - A Division I Basketball Journey (Hardcover)
Amanda Ottaway
R660 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R115 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Unlike the stories of most visible Division I college athletes, Amanda Ottaway's story has more in common with those of the 80 percent of college athletes who are never seen on TV. The Rebounders follows the college career of an average NCAA Division I women's basketball player in the twenty-first century, beginning with the recruiting process, when Ottaway is an eager, naive teenager, and ending when she's a more contemplative twentysomething alumna. Ottaway's story, along with the journeys of her dynamic Wildcat teammates at Davidson College in North Carolina, covers in engaging detail the life of a mid-major athlete: recruitment, the preseason, body image and eating disorders, schoolwork, family relationships, practice, love life, team travel, game day, injuries, drug and alcohol use, coaching changes, and what comes after the very last game. In addition to the everyday issues of being a student athlete, The Rebounders also covers the objectification of women athletes, race, sexuality, and self-expression. Most college athletes, famous or not, play hard, get hurt, fail, and triumph together in a profound love of their sport and one another, and then their careers end and they figure out how to move on. From concussions and minor injuries to classrooms, parties, and relationships, Ottaway understands the experience of a Division I women's basketball player firsthand. The Rebounders is, at its core, a feminist coming-of-age story, an exploration of what it means to be a young woman who loves a sport and discovers herself through it.

Tim McCarver's Diamond Gems (Hardcover, Ed): Tim McCarver Tim McCarver's Diamond Gems (Hardcover, Ed)
Tim McCarver
R793 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R146 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Baseball's premier national television analyst Tim McCarver presents fascinating tales from the game's greatest players and personalities

"Tim McCarver's Diamond Gems" is a treasure trove of fabulous anecdotes from the many baseball celebrities who have appeared on "The Tim McCarver Show." A valuable mix of baseball history with a personal touch, this book is a natural for everyone who loves the game. Includes tales from baseball greats Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Tom Seaver, Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny Bench, Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, David Wright, and many more.

"Baseball is THE storyteller's game. So, if you love the game, you'll love Tim McCarver's treasure trove of stories. And you'll also understand why Tim never has to fear a rain delay."
--Bob Costas, NBC & HBO Sports

""Tim McCarver's Diamond Gems" is the modern version of "The Glory Of Their Times." It's fun and engaging and instructive and even sweet now and then. Tim could always call the pitches, and he also seems to get everyone to deliver their best stuff here."
--Frank Deford, author, "The Entitled"

Belonging: The Autobiography (Hardcover): Alun Wyn Jones Belonging: The Autobiography (Hardcover)
Alun Wyn Jones
R517 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'A true warrior. He demands excellence from himself and others around him. He has had success and disappointment, joy and sadness. People think they know him but unless you read this book you will never know the REAL Alun Wyn Jones.' Warren Gatland Match Day. Closing a hotel room door, down into the team room. Up into a hotel lobby full of supporters in red shirts, of cheers and applause and shouts of good luck. This is where the story of Alun Wyn Jones's journey begins, the story that every child who has dreamt of playing rugby for their country starts with. From the tightness in your stomach to the look on your team-mates' faces, the adrenaline starting to flow within. Belonging is the story about how the boy left Mumbles and returned as the most capped rugby player of all time. It is the story of what it takes to become a player who is seen by many as one of the greatest Welsh players there has ever been. What it takes to go from sitting, crossed legged on the hall floor at school, watching the 1997 Lions Tour of South Africa to being named the 2021 Lions Captain. But is it also about perthyn - belonging, playing for Wales, working your way through the age-grades and the club matches and regional sides. What it takes to earn the right to be there, and what it feels like to make the sacrifices along the way. Feeling the bond to the great players not long gone, and feeling the ties to the millions in front rooms and pubs across the hillsides and the valleys, coast to coast. Knowing that deep down you just want to belong, be a part of it, as everyone does. From the rain swept pitches of Swansea to making his test debut against Argentina in Patagonia in 2006, from touring with the Lions in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2021 to losing a parent and building a family, Belonging is the autobiography of one of the most compelling figures in World rugby. Told with unflinching honesty, this is the ultimate story of what it takes and what it means to play for your country: what it means to belong.

The First Black Footballer - Arthur Wharton 1865-1930: An Absence of Memory (Paperback, annotated edition): Phil Vasili The First Black Footballer - Arthur Wharton 1865-1930: An Absence of Memory (Paperback, annotated edition)
Phil Vasili; Series edited by J.A. Mangan, Boria Majumdar
R1,177 Discovery Miles 11 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Arthur Wharton was the world's first black professional footballer and 100 yards world record holder, and was probably the first African to play professional cricket in the Yorkshire and Lancashire leagues. His achievements were accomplished against the backdrop of Africa's forced colonization by European regimes. But while Arthur was beating the best on the tracks and fields of Britain, the peoples of the continent of his birth were being recast as lesser human beings. The tall Ghanaian was an extreme irritation to many white supremacists because his education and sporting triumphs refuted their theories. In the late Victorian era, when Britain's economic and political power reached its zenith and when the dominant ideas of the age labelled all blacks as inferior, it was simply not expedient to proclaim the exploits of an African sportsman. This shaped the way Wharton was forgotten.

Cycling into the Unexpected - Adventures on two wheels at home and abroad (Paperback): Fran Adams Cycling into the Unexpected - Adventures on two wheels at home and abroad (Paperback)
Fran Adams
R333 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R22 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
No Excuses - One Man's Incredible Rise Through the NFL to Head Coach of Notre Dame (Paperback): Charlie Weis, Vic Carucci No Excuses - One Man's Incredible Rise Through the NFL to Head Coach of Notre Dame (Paperback)
Charlie Weis, Vic Carucci
R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Weis was taught football by some of the best minds in the game: Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Parcells would give him a life-defining break in 1990 by hiring him as an assistant on the New York Giants staff. For a Jersey guy who loved sports, this was a dream come true, especially when Weis won his first championship in his debut year in the NFL. He'd always wanted to be a sports announcer--the next Marv Albert--but he'd caught the coaching bug and was now in a position to learn from the best. And he did, following Parcells to the New England Patriots and then to the New York Jets. Under enormous pressure and exacting standards, Weis flourished and later became offensive coordinator.

When Parcells stepped down as coach of the Jets, Weis joined his colleague and friend Bill Belichick, who was the newly named Patriots head coach. Together they would thrive, building a storied franchise, a rare modern-day dynasty that won three Super Bowls in four years. Through it all, Weis designed offensive schemes that would befuddle even the best defenses in the NFL, and he coached a number of players to greatness, including Pro Bowlers Ben Coates, Curtis Martin, and, of course, Tom Brady.

The chance of a lifetime arrived in December of 2004: Weis was offered the opportunity to lead one of the most prestigious football schools in the country, Notre Dame--home of coaching legends Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine, and Lou Holtz. And so began a new chapter in Weis's career. Weis took over a program in dire need of direction, and now he is in the process of building his own legacy with his unique vision.

Off the field, Weis faced his other challenges. Seeking to improve his health and lose weight, he decided to get gastric bypass surgery. What he thought would be a routine procedure turned into a nightmare as he nearly bled to death, lapsed into a coma, and was read the last rites. It was a horrifying experience, yet he battled back in inspiring fashion and still demands nothing less of himself despite the long-lasting aftereffects.

He has had his joys, too. Weis considers his wife, Maura, his best friend. They have two beautiful children: Charlie, his "best buddy," and Hannah, who he and his wife consider their "guiding angel." Hannah is developmentally delayed and has been the inspiration leading to the establishment of Hannah and Friends, a nonprofit foundation seeking to improve the quality of life for people with special needs.

"No Excuses" is not only illuminating and insightful, it is an extraordinary look inside one of football's greatest minds who has helped shape today's game.

Willie - The Game-Changing Story of the NHL's First Black Player (Hardcover): Willie O'Ree, Michael McKinley Willie - The Game-Changing Story of the NHL's First Black Player (Hardcover)
Willie O'Ree, Michael McKinley; Foreword by Jarome Iginla
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An inspiring memoir that shows that anyone can achieve their dreams if they are willing to fight for them. In 1958, Willie O'Ree was a lot like any other player toiling in the minors. He was good. Good enough to have been signed by the Boston Bruins. Just not quite good enough to play in the NHL. Until January 18 of that year. O'Ree was finally called up, and when he stepped out onto the ice against the Montreal Canadiens, not only did he fulfil the childhood dream he shared with so many other Canadian kids, he did something that had never been done before. He broke hockey's colour barrier. Just as his hero, Jackie Robinson, had done for baseball. In that pioneering first NHL game, O'Ree proved that no one could stop him from being a hockey player. But he soon learned that he could never be just a hockey player. He would always be a black player, with all that entails. There were ugly name-calling and stick-swinging incidents, and nights when the Bruins had to be escorted to their bus by the police. But O'Ree never backed down. When he retired in 1979, he had played hundreds of games as a pro, and scored hundreds of goals, his boyhood dreams more than accomplished. In 2018, O'Ree was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in recognition not only of that legacy, but of the way he has built on it in the decades since. He has been, for twenty years now, an NHL Executive and has helped the NHL Diversity program expose more than 40,000 boys and girls of diverse backgrounds to unique hockey experiences. Inspiring, frank, and shot through with the kind of understated courage and decency required to change the world, Willie is a story for anyone willing to persevere for a dream.

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