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No Is a Four-Letter Word - How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life (Paperback): Chris Jericho No Is a Four-Letter Word - How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life (Paperback)
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Bestselling author and six-time WWE champion Chris Jericho shares twenty of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want, jam-packed with fantastic stories and the classic off-the-wall, laugh-out-loud Jericho references he's famous for. The result is a fun, entertaining, practical and inspiring book from the man with many scarves but only one drive: to be the best. After reading No Is a Four-Letter Word, you'll discover that you might have what it takes to succeed as well ... you just need to get out there and do it. That's what Jericho would do.

Cherry Picking - Life Between the Sticks (Paperback): Steve Cherry, Jonathan Nicholas Cherry Picking - Life Between the Sticks (Paperback)
Steve Cherry, Jonathan Nicholas
R367 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R73 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Steve Cherry was born into a large family in 1960 in the Nottinghamshire pit village of Calverton. His family initially assumed that he would follow his father and brother into the nearby pit, but it was clear from an early age that he had a special relationship with football, and this quickly became his main obsession in life. Aged 15, Steve was already goalkeeping in the local colliery team playing with and against full grown miners when he was spotted by a scout from Derby County, then in the top table of English football. He signed as a schoolboy before turning professional, and was capped for England several times in his youth before eventually winning Derby County's `Player of the Year' in 1983. He then played for Walsall, again winning `Player of the Year', before heading south for Plymouth Argyle where he distinguished himself by winning `Player of the Year.' After a short time at Chesterfield he joined the boyhood club of his dreams, Notts County just after Neil Warnock arrived. County progressed from the bottom of Division Three up to the top of English football via two Wembley play-off wins, and yet again Steve won `Player of the Year'. He left Notts in 1995 for a return to Plymouth Argyle via Watford, then Rotherham United, Rushden & Diamonds, and several other clubs. In his later years Steve used his love of the game to coach young boys in many different teams until only recently hanging up his boots. Steve worked with some of the best football managers in the business and played against some of the English football greats. He played for a dozen clubs in 743 League games and is still fondly remembered and welcomed back at all of them.

Michael Carrick: Between the Lines - My Autobiography (Paperback): Michael Carrick Michael Carrick: Between the Lines - My Autobiography (Paperback)
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R266 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

NOMINATED FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR, SPORTS BOOK AWARDS Michael Carrick was the heartbeat of Manchester United. For more than a decade he was the player that made them tick. In his book, he reveals how to win relentlessly while playing under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, invites us to experience the camaraderie and clashes inside the United dressing room, and lets us feels what it's like to walk out on the Old Trafford pitch alongside some of the biggest names in the game - from Ronaldo to Scholes to Giggs, Rooney and the rest. In his seventeen-year professional career, Michael has won twelve major trophies at United, winning the Premier League five times, as well as three League Cups, the FA Cup, the Europa League, the Club World Cup and the Champions League. In Between the Lines, Michael honestly reveals for the first time his battles with mental health, growing up in the north-east, his struggles with the national side, as well as the redemption he has found with his family and his team. *All of Michael Carrick's proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Michael Carrick Foundation, dedicated to providing financial support to community services that will give underprivileged children living in the North and North East better opportunities so that they feel safe, valued and inspired.*

Kylian Mbappe: The Ultimate Fan Book (Hardcover): Iain Spragg Kylian Mbappe: The Ultimate Fan Book (Hardcover)
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R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Kylian Mbappe: The Ultimate Fan Book takes you into the young French superstar's world like no other book. Just to look at the records Kylian has broken, equalled or come close to breaking shows just what a special star he is. When he breaks Thierry Henry's record, or matches Pele, you realise he is moving in exalted company. When the FIFA World Cup 2018 ended, Kylian was still five months short of his 20th birthday and he had a resume and medal/honours collection that would be coveted by successful players in their 30s. Written in a lively, buzzing style and filled with fun features, fantastic photographs and enlightening quotes, Kylian Mbappe: The Ultimate Fan Book celebrates his greatest moments and most famous goals, including the goals which have made him one of the world's most watchable superstars.

Facing Up - A Remarkable Journey To The Summit Of Mount Everest (Paperback, New edition): Bear Grylls Facing Up - A Remarkable Journey To The Summit Of Mount Everest (Paperback, New edition)
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At the age of twenty three, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest. This is the story of how he overcame severe eather conditions, dehydration and a last minute illness to stand on top of the world's highest mountain only two years after breaking his back.

Sincerely, Ty Cobb (Paperback): Hank O'Neal Sincerely, Ty Cobb (Paperback)
Hank O'Neal
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In 1948 Hank O'Neal was eight years old, and his baseball mentors were his grandfather, C. A. Christian, who'd been an exceptional semipro player at the turn of the century, and two of his father's classmates at TCU, Jim Nolan and Jim Busby. His grandfather went on to college and became a pharmacist, but he never forgot his days of glory as a teammate of the soon-to-become-legendary Ty Cobb. After his introduction to these three men, all Hank wanted was to play baseball. In 1954 his family moved to Syracuse, New York, where Hank hung around McArthur Stadium, the home of the Syracuse Chiefs. One of the players, Ben Zientara, lived two doors away, and not only did Hank pester him and the other players, but he also began writing major league players, both active and retired. One of them, Ty Cobb, became his pen pal in 1955. He'd played with Hank's grandfather in Georgia fifty-five years earlier, and the 'nastiest man in baseball' was kind and supportive to his young fan. Sincerely, Ty Cobb traces ten years of a child's life in baseball, from his first struggles on the sandlot to his final high school game. It is illustrated with period memorabilia and twelve pages of handwritten letters from Ty Cobb, plus others from Hall of Fame players like Eddie Walsh and Frankie Frisch.

Making Waves - My Journey to Winning Olympic Gold and Defeating the East German Doping Program (Hardcover): Chris Epting,... Making Waves - My Journey to Winning Olympic Gold and Defeating the East German Doping Program (Hardcover)
Chris Epting, Shirley Babashoff, Donna DeVarona
R624 R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Save R197 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In her extraordinary swimming career, Shirley Babashoff set 39 national records and 11 world records. Heading into the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Babashoff was pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and followed closely by the media. All of that changed once Babashoff questioned the shocking masculinity of the swimmers on the East German women's team. Here, Babashoff tells her story in the same unflinching manner that made her both the most dominant female swimmer of her time and one of the most controversial athletes in Olympic history.

Twin Tracks - The autobiography (Paperback): Roger Bannister Twin Tracks - The autobiography (Paperback)
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R292 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R91 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It was a blustery late spring day in 1954 and a young Oxford medical student flung himself over the line in a mile race. There was an agonising pause, and then the timekeeper announced the record: three minutes, fifty-nine point four seconds. But no one heard anything after that first word - 'three'. One of the most iconic barriers of sport had been broken, and Roger Bannister had become the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. To this day, more men have conquered Mount Everest than have achieved what the slender, unassuming student managed that afternoon. Sixty years on and the letters still arrive on Roger Bannister's doormat, letters testifying to the enduring appeal of the four-minute mile and the example it set for the generation of budding athletes who were inspired to attempt the impossible. In this frank memoir, Sir Roger tells the full story of the talent and dedication that made him not just one of the most celebrated athletes of the last century, but also a distinguished doctor, neurologist and one of the nation's best-loved public figures. With characteristically trenchant views on drugs in sport, the nature of modern athletics and record-breaking, the extraordinary explosion in running as a leisure activity, and the Olympic legacy, this rare and brilliant autobiography gives a fascinating insight into the life of a man who has lived life to the fullest.

Arsenal: The Story of a Football Club in 101 Lives (Paperback): Anton Rippon Arsenal: The Story of a Football Club in 101 Lives (Paperback)
Anton Rippon
R372 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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. The 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.

Lewis Hamilton - Through the Lens (Hardcover): Bruce Hales-Dutton Lewis Hamilton - Through the Lens (Hardcover)
Bruce Hales-Dutton
R606 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R128 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lewis Hamilton is the record breaking driver of Formula 1, having won his 3rd world championship in 2015. He is competing for his 4th championship in 2016. His rivalry with Nico Rosberg and his incredible career from Karting champion to one of the greatest drivers on the planet with the likes of Senna and Schumacher in his sights. He has become the greatest British F1 driver ever. Jackie Stewart says that he has rewritten the rule book. This is his story, illustrated with incredible images from Getty.

The Tour According to G - My Journey to the Yellow Jersey (Paperback): Geraint Thomas The Tour According to G - My Journey to the Yellow Jersey (Paperback)
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R280 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R51 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The inspirational inside story from the 2018 Tour de France and Sports Personality of the Year winner "This year G was the strongest rider, and he finally had Lady Luck on his side. An unstoppable combination" Chris Froome "I understood what Geraint's win meant: for him, for me, for the team, and for Wales, too" Dave Brailsford "Wow!" Arsene Wenger For years Geraint Thomas appeared blessed with extraordinary talent but jinxed at the greatest bike race in the world: twice an Olympic gold medallist on the track, Commonwealth champion, yet at the Tour de France a victim of crashes, bad luck and his willingness to sacrifice himself for his team-mates. In the summer of 2018, that curse was blown away in spectacular fashion - from the cobbles of the north and the iconic mountain climbs of the Alps to the brutal slopes of the Pyrenees and, finally, the Champs-Elysees in Paris. As a boy, G had run home from school on summer afternoons to watch the Tour on television. This July, across twenty-one stages and three weeks, and under constant attack from his rivals, he made the race his own. With insight from the key characters around Geraint, this is the inside story of one of the most thrilling and heart-warming tales in sport. Not only can nice guys come first - they can win the biggest prize of all.

Atlas - From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man (Paperback): Teddy Atlas Atlas - From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man (Paperback)
Teddy Atlas
R255 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R67 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In "Atlas", Teddy recounts his incredible life, from juvenile delinquent, to his induction into the legendary Cus D'Amato's Boxing Camp and his first major challenge - training 14-year-old Mike Tyson. An amateur boxer trained by D'Amato, Atlas captured the Adirondack Golden Gloves title at 139 pounds in 1976. Forced out of competition because of injury, Teddy turned his talents to training fighters, including Mike Tyson, Barry McGuigan, Tracy Patterson, Joey Gamache, Simon Brown and Donny Lalonde. In 1994, in a memorable performance as trainer and corner man, Teddy inspired Michael Moorer to beat Evander Holyfield for the world heavyweight championship. Teddy has also employed his talents outside of the ring appearing in 2 films and choreographing fight scenes for the television series "Against the Law". "Atlas" is the remarkable story of all of these achievements, told in Atlas' completely inimitable voice. As you'd expect from a boxing memoir, it pulls no punches.

Billy McNeill - In Praise of Caesar (Paperback): Alex Gordon Billy McNeill - In Praise of Caesar (Paperback)
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R285 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R55 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Billy McNeill is one of the most legendary Celts of all time, spending his entire playing career at the Glasgow giants and making 832 appearances between 1958 and 1975. He was voted the Greatest-Ever Captain by the fans and also had two stints as manager of the team, including guiding them to the League and Cup double during Celtic's Centenary year in 1988. The photograph of McNeill holding aloft the European Cup in the brilliant Lisbon sunshine after the side's 2-1 triumph over Inter Milan on May 25 1967 is the most iconic image in the club's history. As the onfield leader, he won nine Scottish League championships, seven Scottish Cups, six League Cups while playing 29 times for his country. He was awarded the MBE in 1974. Now, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell pays his own special tribute to the Parkhead great along with a Who's Who of the game's royalty, talking about their unforgettable experiences and wonderful memories of playing with and against Billy McNeill. Billy McNeill's breathtaking journey through the beautiful game is charted from his debut against Clyde on 23 August 1958 through the momentous years as player and manager, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the tears. 60 years on from his debut appearance, this unique book celebrates the astonishing life and times of one of world football's best- loved personalities.

Breaking Free - My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Paperback): Herschel Walker Breaking Free - My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Paperback)
Herschel Walker; Foreword by Jerry Mungadze
R401 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R25 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The NFL legend and Heisman Trophy winner shares the inspiring story of his life and diagnosis with dissociative identity disorder.

Herschel Walker is widely regarded as one of football's greatest running backs. He led the University of Georgia to victory in the Sugar Bowl on the way to an NCAA Championship and he capped a sensational college career by earning the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Herschel spent twelve years in the NFL, where he rushed for more than eight thousand yards and scored sixty-one rushing touchdowns.

But despite the acclaim he won as a football legend, track star, Olympic competitor, and later a successful businessman, Herschel realized that his life, at times, was simply out of control. He often felt angry, self-destructive, and unable to connect meaningfully with friends and family. Drawing on his deep faith, Herschel turned to professionals for help and was ultimately diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.

While some might have taken this diagnosis as a setback, Herschel approached his mental health with the same indomitable spirit he brought to the playing field. It also gave him, for the first time, insight into his life's unexplained passages, stretches of time that seemed forever lost. Herschel came to understand that during those times, his "alters," or alternate personalities, were in control.

Born into a poor, but loving family in the South, Herschel was an overweight child with a stutter who suffered terrible bullying at school. He now understands that he created "alters" who could withstand abuse. But beyond simply enduring, other "alters" came forward to help Herschel overcome numerous obstacles and, by the time he graduated high school, become an athlete recognized on a national level.

In "Breaking Free, " Herschel tells his story -- from the joys and hardships of childhood to his explosive impact on college football to his remarkable professional career. And he gives voice and hope to those suffering from DID. Herschel shows how this disorder played an integral role in his accomplishments and how he has learned to live with it today. His compelling account testifies to the strength of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any challenge.

Belichick - The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time (Paperback): Ian O'Connor Belichick - The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time (Paperback)
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R411 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
I think therefore I play (Paperback): I think therefore I play (Paperback)
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Lure of the Mountains - The Life of Bentley Beetham, 1924 Everest Expedition Mountaineer (Hardcover): Michael D. Lowes, Graham... Lure of the Mountains - The Life of Bentley Beetham, 1924 Everest Expedition Mountaineer (Hardcover)
Michael D. Lowes, Graham Ratcliffe
R366 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R51 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lure of the Mountains is the first published biography of accomplished photographer, ornithologist, teacher and 1924 Everest expedition member Bentley Beetham (1886 - 1963). Written by the late Michael D. Lowes, a pupil of Beetham's at Barnard Castle School in County Durham, and with a foreword by Graham Ratcliffe MBE, the first Briton to have summited Everest from both the North and South sides, and also a pupil of Barnard Castle School, Lure of the Mountains charts Beetham's life from childhood in Darlington, to rock climbing in the Lake District and selection by the Mount Everest Committee as a member of the infamous and ill-fated 1924 Everest Expedition on which George Mallory and Sandy Irvine disappeared high on the mountain. Many of Beetham's images, including those made on the 1924 expedition, were for over 25 years curated by Michael Lowes and are reproduced in this book with the kind permission of the Bentley Beetham Trust and Durham University. His images of Tibet are 'an important historical record of Tibetan culture and a way of life that in modern times has rapidly begun to disappear'. Beetham was a highly skilled rock climber and a pioneer of new routes in the Borrowdale Valley, where he established such notable climbs as Little Chamonix on Shepherd's Crag, and Corvus on Raven Crag. The author, like many other pupils Beetham inspired, was introduced to climbing by his teacher in the Lake District on club trips, and over the years he became a valuable source of information and expert on Beetham's life and work.

Real Men Do Cry - A Quarterback's Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss (Paperback): Eric... Real Men Do Cry - A Quarterback's Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss (Paperback)
Eric Hipple; As told to Gloria Horsley, Heidi Horsley
R302 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R19 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Real Men Do Cry, by former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple, is an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. After his 15-year-old son died of suicide, Eric fell into a debilitating downward spiral. Bankrupt and jailed for drunk driving, he found the strength to seek therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback. With unflinching honesty, Eric shares his journey, thus opening the door for others to realize that depression is treatable. This page-turner is packed with practical resources for families living with depression and is a valuable tool for counselors and mental health professionals nationwide. Resources include a Nine-Symptom Checklist for Depression along with Signs of Depression and Possible Suicide Risk.

Bottled - English Football's Boozy Story (Paperback): Benjamin Roberts Bottled - English Football's Boozy Story (Paperback)
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R368 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R76 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bottled tells the story of English football's complicated relationship with booze through the experiences of the players who found themselves in crisis when they could no longer put it down - from George Best and Paul Gascoigne to Tony Adams and Paul Merson, as well as many others who escaped the headlines. Footballers play under intense pressure in the unforgiving glare of the media spotlight. But what do their stories tell us about ourselves? Are some challenges they face specific to a player's lifestyle? With insights from those at the sharp end, here is an examination of footballers in need and the help available from the industry. Untangling the complex web of links between alcohol and the beautiful game, Bottled explores the stories that characterised the origins of many of England's clubs, as churches and breweries vied for the souls of young men. From trashed hotel rooms to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous via the China Jump club, Bottled navigates the journey from the stars to the gutter and, sometimes, back again.

Space Below My Feet (Paperback, Digital original): Gwen Moffat Space Below My Feet (Paperback, Digital original)
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R365 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R68 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A classic mountaineering memoir by one of the UK's foremost female climbers. 'A story of climbing and compulsive love of mountains ... magnificent' OBSERVER In 1945, when Gwen Moffat was in her twenties, she deserted from her post as a driver and dispatch rider in the Army and went to live rough in Wales and Cornwall, climbing and living on practically nothing. She hitch-hiked her way around, travelling from Skye to Chamonix and many places in between, with all her possessions on her back, although these amounted to little more than a rope and a sleeping bag. When the money ran out, she worked as a forester, went winkle-picking on the Isle of Skye, acted as the helmsman of a schooner and did a stint as an artist's model. And always there were the mountains, drawing her away from a 'proper' job. Throughout this unique story, there are acutely observed accounts of mountaineering exploits as Moffat tackles the toughest climbs and goes on to become Britain's leading female climber - and the first woman to qualify as a mountain guide.

Hell-Bent - Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga (Paperback): Benjamin Lorr Hell-Bent - Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga (Paperback)
Benjamin Lorr
R441 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Author Benjamin Lorr wandered into a yoga studio--and fell down a rabbit hole"

"Hell-Bent"" "explores a fascinating, often surreal world at the extremes of American yoga. Benjamin Lorr walked into his first yoga studio on a whim, overweight and curious, and quickly found the yoga reinventing his life. He was studying Bikram Yoga (or "hot yoga") when a run-in with a master and competitive yoga champion led him into an obsessive subculture--a group of yogis for whom eight hours of practice a day in 110- degree heat was just the beginning.

So begins a journey. Populated by athletic prodigies, wide-eyed celebrities, legitimate medical miracles, and predatory hucksters, it's a nation-spanning trip--from the jam-packed studios of New York to the athletic performance labs of the University of Oregon to the stage at the National Yoga Asana Championship, where Lorr competes for glory.

The culmination of two years of research, and featuring hundreds of interviews with yogis, scientists, doctors, and scholars, "Hell-Bent" is a wild exploration. A look at the science behind a controversial practice, a story of greed, narcissism, and corruption, and a mind-bending tale of personal transformation, it is a book that will not only challenge your conception of yoga, but will change the way you view the fragile, inspirational limits of the human body itself.

Billy Slater Autobiography (Paperback, Updated ed.): Billy Slater Billy Slater Autobiography (Paperback, Updated ed.)
Billy Slater
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Sydney Wooderson - A Very British Hero (Paperback): Rob Hadgraft Sydney Wooderson - A Very British Hero (Paperback)
Rob Hadgraft
R344 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first full biography of Sydney Wooderson, Britain's most popular sportsman during the 1930s and 1940s. A more unlikely sports hero is hard to imagine - he was small, shy and ran in thick glasses and baggy shorts. The public loved seeing him beat bigger and more muscular `Johnny Foreigners', symbolising Britain's bulldog spirit. At the 1936 `Hitler Olympics' Sydney secretly photographed the Fuhrer, a snap recently uncovered in a dusty attic and published here! Against all odds he broke world records and won titles galore, and for years was the world's fastest miler. He was widely expected to be first under four minutes, only for war to intervene. Despite his fame, Sydney took the daily train to his London office job, happy to be anonymous in dark suit, hat and briefcase. Bad eyesight meant his war service was restricted to the home front, doing his bit running for war charities before falling seriously ill. He bounced back to become the European 5,000 metres champion and English national cross-country champion. Sir Roger Bannister was among many to name him their No.1 inspirational figure. During his glory days Sydney was best-known sportsman in the land, but his shyness and dislike of publicity saw him become a forgotten hero. The book covers every race from his school days to retirement, describes his life in austerity Britain.

Thanks, Johnners - An Affectionate Tribute to a Broadcasting Legend (Paperback): Jonathan Agnew Thanks, Johnners - An Affectionate Tribute to a Broadcasting Legend (Paperback)
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Perfect for cricket fans everywhere, Thanks Johnners is a warm and witty tribute to Brian Johnston and his time at the helm of Test Match Special.

The Test Match Special on-air incident, in which Jonathan Agnew's comment on Ian Botham's attempt to avoid stepping on his stumps "He just couldn't quite get his leg over" provoking prolonged fits of giggles, most notably from Brian Johnston, has been voted the greatest piece of sporting commentary ever. The friendship between "Aggers" and "Johnners" became immortalised through that broadcasting classic, but there was a far deeper bond between the two men, as this fascinating book reveals.

Jonathan Agnew had grown up to the sound of Johnston, Arlott, and a young Martin-Jenkins et al on TMS as he followed his father around on the family farm, ear glued to the transistor radio, but the two men met formally only when Agnew joined the BBC team at Headingley in 1991.

Thus began a great working partnership which, fuelled by a mutual passion for the noble game, bridged the generation gap and ended only with Johnston's sudden death in 1994. As this book demonstrates so convincingly, Johnners's wit, warmth and sense of fun was a feature not only of his cricket commentaries, but also in the way he lived his life. His influence on "Aggers" is clearly recognisable in the same amiable and informal manner in which his successor presents Test Match Special today.

Thanks, Johnners is a rich blend of biography and anecdote, of antics and dramas on and off the pitch, in and out of the commentary box, its pages filled with stories about the great names of cricket including Fred Trueman, Geoffrey Boycott, Vivian Richards, Michael Holding and Ian Botham. Just as TMS is the sound of summer, so Thanks, Johnners is the fresh breeze rippling the long grass of remembered pleasures."

Neil Lennon: Man and Bhoy (Paperback): Neil Lennon Neil Lennon: Man and Bhoy (Paperback)
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R339 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R93 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Captain of Celtic and midfield enforcer for Northern Ireland, Neil Lennon is one of the most controversial figures in British football. His story, fully updated for the Celtic 2006/7 season in this paperback edition, is an extraordinary tale of religious bigotry, life-threatening career injury and tumultuous football success at club level.

The first Northern Irish Roman Catholic to play for Celtic and to be chosen to captain his country, Lennon was sensationally forced to quit the captaincy even before he took the field following death threats by Loyalist paramilitaries.

In Northern Ireland, the words Neil Lennon RIP were painted on a wall near his family home, while in Scotland, he has been the target of vicious verbal and physical assault by fans of Old Firm rivals Rangers including being mugged on the street and hung in effigy. Now he will give his side of these stories, revealing in full the terrible consequences of the religious hatred that has tainted his career.

Lennon will write of his Leicester years under Martin O Neill, and how the Midlands club defied bigger rivals by maintaining their Premiership League status and winning two League Cups. He will also tell the inside story of Celtic under O Neill; how his 5 million transfer to Parkhead nearly didn t happen; his wrongful arrest on a club night out; lifting the domestic treble in a glorious first season with Celtic, and the continued revival of the club to the point where they reached the UEFA Cup Final (narrowly losing out to a Jose Mourinho-inspired Porto); and his relationship with current boss Gordon Strachan.

As he approaches the twilight of his playing career, Lennon has decided the time is right to reveal all about his life on the field including his horrific spinal injury and his less than happy apprenticeships at Motherwell and Manchester City as well as his hitherto closely guarded private life, including his battle with depression.

It s a book that will shock football to its core."

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