• 2020 NZ Cricket Almanac
    2020 NZ Cricket Almanac
    ISBN: 9781988516974
    Title: 2020 NZ Cricket Almanac
    Author: PAYNE FRANCIS & SMITH IAN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • 2021 Rugby Almanack
    2021 Rugby Almanack
    ISBN: 9781990003158
    Title: 2021 Rugby Almanack
    Author: AKERS CLIVE, HILL ADRIAN & BURNES CAMPBELL


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-First Century
    Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-First Century
    ISBN: 9781509854271
    Title: Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-First Century
    Author: GOLDBLATT DAVID

    The epic exploration of football in the twenty-first century through the prism of sociology, politics, and economics, by David Goldblatt, the critically acclaimed author of The Ball is Round.'David Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been' - Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday TimesIn the twenty-first century football is first. First among sports themselves, but it now commands the allegiance, interest and engagement of more people in more places than any other phenomenon. In the three most populous nations on the earth - China, India and the United States where just twenty years ago football existed on the periphery of society - it has now arrived for good. Nations, peoples and neighbourhoods across the globe imagine and invent themselves through playing and following the game.In The Age of Football, David Goldblatt charts football's global cultural ascent, its economic transformation and deep politicization, taking in prison football in Uganda and amputee football in Angola, the role of football fans in the Arab Spring, the footballing presidencies of Bolivia's Evo Morales and Turkey's Recep Erdogan, China's declared intention to both host and win the World Cup by 2050, and the FIFA corruption scandal. Following the intersection of the game with money, power and identity, like no sports historian before, Goldblatt's sweeping story is remarkable in its scope, breathtaking in its depth of knowledge, and is a brilliantly original perspective of the twenty-first century. It is the account of how football has come to define every facet of our social, economic and cultural lives and at what cost, shaping who we think we are and who we want to be.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Ali: A Life
    Ali: A Life
    ISBN: 9781471155956
    Title: Ali: A Life
    Author: EIG JONATHAN

    "As Muhammad Ali's life was an epic of a life so Ali: A Life is an epic of a biography . . . pages in succession its narrative reads like a novel--a suspenseful novel with a cast of vivid characters." - Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review

    Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay in racially segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a sign painter and a housekeeper. He went on to become a heavyweight boxer with a dazzling mix of power and speed, a warrior for racial pride, a comedian, a preacher, a poet, a draft resister, an actor, and a lover. Millions hated him when he changed his religion, changed his name, and refused to fight in the Vietnam War. He fought his way back, winning hearts, but at great cost.
    Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, sheds important new light on Ali's politics, religion, personal life, and neurological condition through unprecedented access to all the key people in Ali's life, more than 500 interviews and thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files and audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Ali: A Life is a story about America, about race, about a brutal sport, and about a courageous man who shook up the world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Around the World in 80 Pints: My Search for Cricket's Greatest Places
    Around the World in 80 Pints: My Search for Cricket's Greatest Places
    ISBN: 9781471172427
    Title: Around the World in 80 Pints: My Search for Cricket's Greatest Places
    Author: LLOYD DAVID

    'Part travelogue, part memoir and wholly engaging' Daily Mail

    Bestselling author and hugely popular commentator David 'Bumble' Lloyd takes the reader on an unmissable and hilarious tour of the cricketing world as he searches for the perfect pint.

    After more than 50 years involved with cricket as a player, international, umpire, coach and now commentator, David Lloyd has travelled the world. It's all a long way from his childhood, growing up in a terraced house in post-war Accrington, Lancashire. But cricket has taken him all over the globe, and he has experienced everything from excruciating agony Down Under to the Bollywood glamour of the IPL - he's even risked it all to cross the Pennines into Yorkshire.&

    In Around the World in 80 Pints, Bumble relives some of the most exciting and remarkable periods in his life, showing how his travels have opened up new and exciting avenues for him. The book is packed full of brilliant stories from famous Ashes matches and Roses clashes, sharing the commentary box with Ian Botham and Shane Warne, and much else besides - all told in his idiosyncratic style that has won him so many fans the world over. His previous autobiography, Last in the Tin Bath, was a huge bestseller, and this one is sure to appeal to anyone who shares Bumble's unquenchable love for cricket - and life!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Aston Martin
    Aston Martin
    ISBN: 9781529410785
    Title: Aston Martin
    Author: COLLINS BEN


    Aston Martin is a story of spies, speed and hard-driving genius: a driver's love letter to one of the world's best-loved machines.

    The company's first, wickedly fast models were forged at a time when Ferrari's premises at Maranello was nothing but a ploughed field. This book celebrates a century of innovators who kept the fire burning brightly for over a century, from the visionary pioneers Martin and Bamford to modern-day design guru Adrian Newey; from a glamorous web of pre- and post-war spies and racing drivers, to David Brown and the achingly beautiful DB models beloved of Bonds past and present.

    Bestselling author, racer and stunt driver Ben Collins explores the car with the double-o prefix from a unique perspective behind the wheel, carving through country lanes in his father's V8 Vantage, driving Aston Martins in four James Bond movies and competing against them in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race.

    Ultimately, this is a very British success story: of a triumph of engineering that has burned brightly from the Roaring 20s to the 2020s, and an iconic car that never says die.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
    Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
    ISBN: 9781472151414
    Title: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
    Author: FINNEGAN WILLIAM

    Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard. "Sports Illustrated"
    ""
    "Barbarian Days" is William Finnegan s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
    Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. "Barbarian Days" takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves.
    Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui is served up with rueful humor. As Finnegan s travels take him ever farther afield, he discovers the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissects the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, and navigates the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity.
    "Barbarian Days "is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.
    Praise for "Barbarian Days"
    Without a doubt, the finest surf book I ve ever read . . . But on a more fundamental level, "Barbarian Days" offers a clear-eyed vision of American boyhood. Like Jon Krakauer s "Into the Wild," it is a sympathetic examination of what happens when literary ideas of freedom and purity take hold of a young mind and fling his body out into the far reaches of the world. " The New York Times Magazine"
    ""
    Incandescent . . . I d sooner press this book upon on a nonsurfer, in part because nothing I ve read so accurately describes the feeling of being stoked or the despair of being held under. . . . But] it s also about a writer s life and, even more generally, a quester s life, more carefully observed and precisely rendered than any I ve read in a long time. " Los Angeles Times""

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Be the Fittest: Your Ultimate 12-Week Guide to Training Smart, Eating Clever & Learning to Listen to Your Body
    Be the Fittest: Your Ultimate 12-Week Guide to Training Smart, Eating Clever & Learning to Listen to Your Body
    ISBN: 9781787135581
    Title: Be the Fittest: Your Ultimate 12-Week Guide to Training Smart, Eating Clever & Learning to Listen to Your Body
    Author: BRENNAND TYRONE

    BE THE FITTEST is a powerful, fun and inspirational guide that will change your life.

    Tyrone is a personal trainer who turned his life around through fitness. In this, his first book, he shares his ground-breaking workout and meal plans so that anyone can learn to BE THE FITTEST in 12 weeks.

    * Train the fittest: 12 weekly workout plans based on Tyrone's unique method of combining HIIT with yoga, with clear photographs of the exercises and easy-to-use weekly workout schedules to fit into busy lives
    * Eat the fittest: 60 recipes with photographs and accompanying meal plans, using supermarket ingredients and including time-saving and/or healthy tips and tricks
    * Feel the fittest: essential yoga poses, with clear photographs, as well as breathwork exercises and self-care tips

    Be the fittest: motivational advice, goal-setting and encouragement to help you sustain the new, fittest you

    You'll need no special equipment or expensive ingredients to follow Tyrone's unbeatable fitness plan. And since the book offers questions to help you figure out what your current level of fitness is, you'll be able to start working out at a level that suits YOU.

    Are you ready to BE THE FITTEST?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Best American Sports Writing 2020
    Best American Sports Writing 2020
    ISBN: 9780358196990
    Title: Best American Sports Writing 2020
    Author: MACMULLAN JACKIE ED

    The latest addition to the acclaimed series showcasing the best sports writing from the past year.

    For over twenty-five years, The Best American Sports Writing has built a solid reputation by showcasing the greatest sports journalism of the previous year, culled from hundreds of national, regional, and specialty print and digital publications. Each year, the series editor and guest editor curate a truly exceptional collection. The only shared traits among all these diverse styles, voices, and stories are the extraordinarily high caliber of writing, and the pure passion they tap into that can only come from sports.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00

    $37.00
  • Best: How Champions Are Made
    Best: How Champions Are Made
    ISBN: 9781529304367
    Title: Best: How Champions Are Made
    Author: WILLIAMS MARK & WIGMORE TIM

    "Insightful, thoughtful, and altogether wonderful." DANIEL COYLE, New York Times bestselling author of THE TALENT CODE"This book is a must read." EDDIE JONES, Head Coach, England Rugby THE SECRETS OF SUPERHUMAN PERFORMANCENever have the best sportspeople seemed so far removed from the rest of us, their prowess so unfathomable. So how are these extraordinary athletes made?THE BEST reveals how the most incredible sportspeople in the world get to the top and stay there. It is a unique look at the path to sporting greatness; a story of origins, serendipity, practice, genetics and the psychology of excellence, as well as of sports science and cutting edge technology.Packed with gripping personal stories and exclusive interviews with top athletes including Siya Kolisi, Marcus Rashford, Pete Sampras, Steph Curry, Jamie Carragher, Ian Poulter, Helen Glover, Ada Hegerberg, Elena Delle Donne, Joey Votto and Mike Hussey, it explains how the best athletes develop the extraordinary skills that allow them to perform remarkable feats under extreme pressure.Get inside the minds of champions and understand first-hand what makes them perform during high-octane competition, what they think about in the heat of the moment and what drives them to do what they do.By combining examples from numerous original interviews with top athletes and leading sports science research, THE BEST deconstructs superhuman performance and answers the question on every sports fan's mind: "How did they do that?"

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Big O: The Life & Times of Olsen Filipaina
    Big O: The Life & Times of Olsen Filipaina
    ISBN: 9781988516844
    Title: Big O: The Life & Times of Olsen Filipaina
    Author: SKENE PATRICK

    The Big O by Patrick Skene is the story of Olsen Filipaina, a New Zealand Hall of Fame rugby league legend who was a pathfinder for the Maori and Pasifika players who today dominate the Australian National Rugby League. In a career that saw him play 29 Tests for New Zealand and more than 100 first grade NSWRL games, Filipaina was an object of fascination for the rugby league community.To fans he was "the Galloping Garbo", a working-class hero who thrilled crowds in between shifts as a garbageman. To opponents, who feared his Polynesian power game, he was The Big O. To coaches and critics, he was simply "Olsen the enigma".Featured in the book are some of the pivotal figures of 1980s Australia and New Zealand sport including Sir Graham Lowe, Arthur Beetson, Roy Masters, Sir Peter Leitch, David Tua, Sir Bryan Williams, Wayne Pearce, Sir Michael Jones, John Ribot, Mark Graham, David Lange and NRL Immortal Wally Lewis who for the first time opens up about being outplayed by Filipaina in the 1985 Test series.The Big O tracks Olsen's story from his rise out of working-class South Auckland, to overcoming depression, racism and cultural dislocation in Sydney, to the Cinderella story of his success for the New Zealand Kiwis.Forty years after Filipaina burst into Australian rugby league, Skene relates the tale of a humble and principled man, a dynamic and magical pioneer of the 'Pacific Revolution'.The Big O' is a timely story of resilience, redemption, bravery and love. To understand Olsen's story is to understand the cultural changes that have reshaped the game of rugby league.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Biker's Tale
    Biker's Tale
    ISBN: 9781990003127
    Title: Biker's Tale
    Author: HELLEMANS JOHN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Bill Pratney: Never Say Die
    Bill Pratney: Never Say Die
    ISBN: 9780958267328
    Title: Bill Pratney: Never Say Die
    Author: ROBINSON JIM

    Bill Pratney's cycling career began in 1926 at the age of 17 and spanned and astounding seven decades. He won an array of championship titles, from one-mile to 120-mile. He triumphed in numerous classic races and became New Zealand's greatest Maori cyclists.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Born to Run
    Born to Run
    ISBN: 9781846684227
    Title: Born to Run
    Author: MCDOUGALL CHRISTOPHER

    At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long. With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Boy in the Water
    Boy in the Water
    ISBN: 9780141988757
    Title: Boy in the Water
    Author: GREGORY TOM

    Eltham, South London. 1984- the hot fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to swim but not yet wanting to take his foot off the bottom. Fast-forward four years. Photographers and family wait on the shingle beach as a boy in a bright orange hat and grease-smeared goggles swims the last few metres from France to England. He has been in the water for twelve agonizing hours, encouraged at each stroke by his coach, John Bullet, who has become a second father.

    This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a coach and a boy, and a love letter to the intensity and freedom of childhood.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Boys in the Boat: An Epic True-life Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin
    Boys in the Boat: An Epic True-life Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin
    ISBN: 9781447210986
    Title: Boys in the Boat: An Epic True-life Journey to the Heart of Hitler's Berlin
    Author: BROWN DANIEL JAMES

    The Boys in the Boat is the story of Joe Rantz, a charismatic young man born dirt poor in the woods of Washington State, who dreams of escaping the challenges of the Great Depression, and a complicated family life full of painful memories. What follows is an extraordinary journey, as Joe and eight other young men exchange the sweat and graft and dust of ordinary life for the purer rigours of sport at its very highest level - a journey at the end of which lies a gold medal rowing race at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, in front of Hitler himself. Told against the grand backdrop of 1930s America, The Boys in the Boat is a story full of lyricism and unexpected beauty; a story that rises above sport, and even the grand sweep of history itself, in favour of something more personal. For as becomes clear in an interview with Joe shortly before his death, during the writing of this book, what shines most brightly in the old man's mind is not memories of medals, or the boat in particular, or even the boys that he called his friends. It is the thought of something more transcendent; a singular thing that had happened in a fleeting, golden sliver of time long gone, when nine good-hearted young men strove together, pulled together as one, gave everything they had for one another, bound together forever by unspoken bonds of pride and respect and love. Joe was crying, at least in part, for the loss of that vanished time, but much more, I think, for the sheer beauty of it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Can You Make This Thing Go Faster?
    Can You Make This Thing Go Faster?
    ISBN: 9780241464489
    Title: Can You Make This Thing Go Faster?
    Author: CLARKSON JEREMY


    Pre-order the hilarious new collection of stories and observations from Jeremy Clarkson - setting our off-kilter world to rights with thigh-slapping wit once again.


    These days, you might know him better as a tractor-driving Gentleman Farmer, but Jeremy Clarkson wasn't always a horny-handed son of the soil.


    Not at all . . .


    Back in the day Jeremy was far more likely to be found gunning around the world in a haze of burnt rubber and petrol fumes. But life as a globe-trotting petrol-head also meant he was forced endure more than his fair share of foolishness, frustration and downright bafflement. And, while Jeremy may not a patient man, you have to ask why anyone should have to consider issues as diverse and perplexing as:


    - The downsides of relaxing in a bath of crude oil
    - Why fishing is for people who hate their kids
    - Whether there are noise-cancelling headphones with the power to silence James May
    - Why saving the planet means soggy paper straws and no more children
    - What to do about the rambler who stole his marrow


    But as puzzling and exasperating as life on the road often seemed to be, you could always count on Jeremy to set the world to rights with a rare wit and unique understanding. And at full throttle. Just don't expect it to all go smoothly . . .


    Praise for Clarkson:


    'Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud'Daily Telegraph

    'Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches' Time Out


    'Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube' Evening Standard



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Captain's Run: What It Takes to Lead the All Blacks
    Captain's Run: What It Takes to Lead the All Blacks
    ISBN: 9781775541646
    Title: Captain's Run: What It Takes to Lead the All Blacks
    Author: GREGOR PAUL

    How the captains of the last 50 years have gone about leading the world's most successful rugby team.

    The job of All Blacks captain comes with a scrutiny that puts it alongside the prime minister in terms of profile and public expectation. It takes a strong, confident and assured personality to captain a team where failure is never tolerated.

    The Captain's Run is a behind the scenes journey into the world of All Blacks captaincy. It reveals how the great captains dealt with the pressure of the toughest job in world rugby, how they coped with failure, and what they would have done differently, if given their time again.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Car Hacks
    Car Hacks
    ISBN: 9781785216510
    Title: Car Hacks
    Author: STEWART CRAIG

    Driving, owning, repairing and maintaining a car can be expensive, frustrating and time-consuming. Car Hacks is here to explain how to use the things you have around your home to improve your car life, and balance your well-being in the process. From ensuring you never lose a screw when repairing your car, to spending less on fuel, and using cereal boxes to keep you car tidy, this book will open your eyes to the joys of car hacking.

    Here are some favorite hacks you'll find in Car Hacks
    • Interior hacks - Storage, cleaning, fixes, upgrades
    • Exterior hacks - Bodywork, mechanical, quick repairs using everyday items
    • Workshop hacks/Garage hacks - Working on your car
    • Journey hacks - Easy storage solutions, luggage packing hacks, avoiding motorway food prices
    • Driving hacks - Getting better fuel economy, avoiding motorway fuel prices, avoiding jams
    • Family hacks - Entertaining kids (and adults ), simple tablet holders, ensuring everything stays charged, cable tidies, adding WiFi to your car
    • Everyday hacks
    • PLUS 'Tool Hacks' box outs placed throughout the book


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Cheat: The Not-so-subtle Art of Conning Your Way to Sporting Glory
    Cheat: The Not-so-subtle Art of Conning Your Way to Sporting Glory
    ISBN: 9781760894481
    Title: Cheat: The Not-so-subtle Art of Conning Your Way to Sporting Glory
    Author: O'REILY TITUS




    Where there's sport, there's cheating. No sport is immune; athletics, swimming, rugby, American Football, cricket, baseball, badminton, motorsports, tennis and curling. Yes, even that sport on the ice with brooms.

    Almost as soon as humans started playing sport competitively, they started to cheat. They cheated to win, for the fame, for the money and sometimes for reasons that are hard to understand.

    From the fiendishly clever to the outright hare brained, the borderline to the blatant, Titus O'Reily takes us through the many and varied ways athletes and countries have tried to cheat over the years.

    There's the winner of the New York marathon who was driven in a car part of the way, the male basketballer whose drug test revealed he was pregnant, the Tour De France where many of the riders took the train, the Spanish Paralympic basketball team who faked being intellectually disabled to win gold at the 2000 Paralympics.

    As well as sharing an alarming amount of tales involving swapping bodily fluids, Titus takes you through doping, illegal equipment, bribes, playing dirty, faking injuries, wearing disguises, dodgy referees, ball tampering, eye gouging, itching powder, licking an opponent to distract them and sending a dwarf out to bat to shrink the strike zone.

    Just as sport has become more sophisticated, so has cheating in sport, from state backed doping programs to tiny motors in Tour De France bikes.

    What does this say about us, that we cheat with such regularity and creativity? Will technology help stop cheating or will it only make it worse?

    Mastering the not-so-subtle art of cheating is a hilarious trip through the history of cheating in sport, and a handy how-to-guide for the professional athlete in your family.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Cicerone Tour of Mont Blanc Complete Two-way Trekking Guide
    Cicerone Tour of Mont Blanc Complete Two-way Trekking Guide
    ISBN: 9781852847791
    Title: Cicerone Tour of Mont Blanc Complete Two-way Trekking Guide
    Author: REYNOLDS KEV


    The Tour of Mont Blanc is one of the best - if not the best - of the world's classic hikes. It circumnavigates the Mont Blanc massif in about eleven days. This new edition incorporates details of the new routes on the Italian section, as well as all other recent route changes and variants. The walk has all the excitement of the high mountains yet none of the worry of altitude sickness. It crosses numerous cols with stunning views of spectacular snow and rock peaks. Accommodation along the route is plentiful.The 'official' Tour du Mont Blanc follows an established route around the main block of mountains containing not only Mont Blanc but its principal allied summits. The author describes the tour both in the traditional 'anti-clockwise' direction and the 'clockwise' direction. There are several alternative routes that subsequently link, and these are also described. The routes, along with suggestions for alternative exploration, give what the author thinks is the very best perspective and appreciation of the whole region.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport
    Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport
    ISBN: 9781473699588
    Title: Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport
    Author: CLEGG JONATHAN & ROBINSON JOSHUA


    SHORTLISTED FOR TELEGRAPH FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019

    A fascinating book, by two witty and meticulous sports writers Sunday Times


    A jaunty journey through the past quarter of a century in English football The Times


    Magnificent ... Witty, pacy, thorough, this is a book hard to put down Daily Mail


    Brilliant Independent


    How did English football - once known for its stale pies, bad book-keeping and hooligans - become a commercial powerhouse and the world's premium popular entertainment?


    This was a business empire built in only twenty-five years on ambition, experimentation and gambler's luck. Lead by a motley cast of executives, Russian oligarchs, Arab Sheikhs, Asian Titans, American Tycoons, battle-hardened managers, ruthless agents and the Murdoch media - the Premier League has been carved up, rebranded and exported to phenomenal 185 countries. The United Nations only recognizes 193.


    But the extraordinary profit of bringing England's ageing industrial towns to a compulsive global attention has come at a cost. Today, as players are sold for hundreds of millions and clubs are valued in the billions, local fans are being priced out - and the clubs' local identities are fading. The Premier League has become the classic business fable for our globalised world.


    Drawing on dozens of exclusive and revelatory interviews from the Boardrooms - including Liverpool's John W. Henry, Tottenham's Daniel Levy, Martin Edwards and David Gill at Manchester United, Arsène Wenger and Stan Kroenke at Arsenal, Manchester City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain, and executives at Chelsea, West Ham, Leicester City and Aston Villa - this is the definitive bustand boom account of how the Premier League product took over the world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Complete Golf Manual
    Complete Golf Manual
    ISBN: 9780241393352
    Title: Complete Golf Manual
    Author: NEWELL STEVE

    Covering every aspect of the game, this is the ultimate self-improvement guide for every player - from the novice to the experienced club golfer.

    Showing readers exactly what it takes to achieve an effective - and repeatable -
    golf swing, this book works systematically through every type of shot, from tee shots, iron play, pitching, and chipping, to coping with bunkers and putting. Each section includes a test to establish your level of ability and provides a series of progressive exercises designed to develop your technique. A section on the ten most common faults that can creep into your game shows you how to fix them quickly and efficiently.

    The Complete Golf Manual also shows you routines to help you think more decisively on the course and deal with high-pressure situations. An invaluable reference section advises you on buying equipment, including custom fitting, guides you through all-important golf etiquette, clearly explains golf's most important rules, and defines all the key golfing terms.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories & Other Serious Business
    Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories & Other Serious Business
    ISBN: 9781788701969
    Title: Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories & Other Serious Business
    Author: THOMPSON WRIGHT

    'Wright Thompson's stories are so full of rich characters, bad actors, heroes, drama, suffering, courage, conflict, and vivid detail that I sometimes thinks he's working my side of the street - the world of fiction.' - John Grisham There is only one Wright Thompson. He is, as they say, famous if you know who he is: his work includes the most read articles in the history of ESPN (and it's not even close) and has been anthologised in the Best American Sports Writing series ten times, and he counts John Grisham and Richard Ford among his ardent admirers. But to say his pieces are about sports, while true as far as it goes, is like saying Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove is a book about a cattle drive. Wright Thompson figures people out. He jimmies the lock to the furnaces inside the people he profiles and does an analysis of the fuel that fires their ambition. Whether it be Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods or Pat Riley or Lionel Messi, he strips away the self-serving myths and fantasies to reveal his characters in full. There are fascinating common denominators: it may not be the case that every single great performer or coach had a complex relationship with his father, but it can sure seem that way. And there is much marvellous local knowledge: about specific sports, and times and places, and people. Ludicrously entertaining and often powerfully moving, The Cost of These Dreams is an ode to the reporter's art, and a celebration of true greatness and the high price that it exacts.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Crusade On: Celebrating 25 Years of the Crusaders
    Crusade On: Celebrating 25 Years of the Crusaders
    ISBN: 9781988538648
    Title: Crusade On: Celebrating 25 Years of the Crusaders
    Author: MCILRAITH MATT


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Riding the Iron Curtain
    Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Riding the Iron Curtain
    ISBN: 9781784705350
    Title: Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Riding the Iron Curtain
    Author: MOORE TIM

    A hideously over-ambitions challenge on doomed machinery: Tim Moore, author of Gironimo , cycles the length of the old Iron Curtain.

    Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike.

    Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland.

    Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his 'so-small bicycle' are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods, plus a shameful addiction to Magic Man energy drink.

    Haunted throughout by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse -- at a time of ratcheting East-West tension.

    After three months, 20 countries and a 58-degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

    $28.00
  • Distant Shores Surfing the Ends of the Earth
    Distant Shores Surfing the Ends of the Earth
    ISBN: 9781623261177
    Title: Distant Shores Surfing the Ends of the Earth
    Author: BURKARD CHRIS

    Distant Shores is an impressive photographic record of Chris Burkard's search for wild, remote surfing destinations around the globe.

    Chris Burkard's photographs are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss.

    With the ocean as his main muse, Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographs.

    - Burkard spent more than a decade on this quest.
    - Explores how surfing is a bridge between the humble human figure
    and awe-inspiring, powerful natural landscapes
    - Features adventure-seeking surfers and images of natural serenity

    Chris Burkard has established himself as a major photographer in the surf, outdoor, and adventure communities.

    Chronicling some of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world, Distant Shoresmakes a great pick for lovers of surfing, nature, and photography.

    - Perfect for surfers, photographers, adventurer seekers, and those
    who appreciate the beauty of our natural landscape
    - Features extreme locations around the globe and awe-inspiring
    phenomena, like the aurora borealis alongside extreme surfers
    - Gorgeous on display on the coffee table
    - Add it to the shelf with books like Swell: A Year of Waves
    by Evan Slater, Leroy Grannis: Surf Photography
    of the 1960s and 1970s
    by Jim Heimann and
    Steve Barilotti, and The California Surf Project
    by Eric Soderquist and Chris Burkard

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

    $50.00
  • Empire Strikes: The Extraordinary Life of Laurie Laxon
    Empire Strikes: The Extraordinary Life of Laurie Laxon
    ISBN: 9780473477493
    Title: Empire Strikes: The Extraordinary Life of Laurie Laxon
    Author: DILLON MIKE

    The Empire Strikes is the tale of the well-known Melbourne Cup winner and one of the world's finest horse trainers, New Zealander Laurie Laxon. While most winners come from horse stock, Laurie Laxon was an apprentice builder in Ngaruawahia. To come from that background to become one of the world's finest horse trainers is astonishing. On the way he won every one of New Zealand's major races, a number of them multiple times, and became Singapore's champion trainer a stunning nine years running. It wasn't a boring journey. Laurie overcame financial difficulties to become a multi-millionaire, coped with a potentially fatal flight from New Zealand to Australia on a horse charter aircraft, and battled with racing's stewards, on the reverse side he refused to allow the grief of his wife being killed by a drunk driver destroy him.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer
    Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer
    ISBN: 9781781317587
    Title: Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer
    Author: HODGKINSON MARK


    ROGER FEDERER is almost universally recognised as the greatest tennis player of all time; he might also be the greatest athlete. Adored around the world, Federer has become one of sport's most iconic and popular figures. In this innovative graphic biography, Federer's genius is explored and celebrated like never before, with beautiful infographics looking at his serving patterns, the speed of his shots, the spin he generates, his movement, as well as his performance in high-pressure situations such as tiebreaks and Grand Slam finals. Federer's astonishing records -- no man has won more majors, or spent more weeks as the world number one -- are also showcased against his rivals and the legends of the game. Drawing on his conversations with Federer, as well as exclusive interviews with those close to the Swiss, Mark Hodgkinson tells the story of how a young hothead from Basel transformed himself into a calm and poised athlete who came to dominate tennis. And who, while deep in his thirties, has continued to seek improvements, to challenge men many years younger than him and to contend for the sport's biggest prizes. The infographics, stunning photography and insight and analysis -- from Federer's rivals, idols, coaches and members of his inner circle -- will give you a new appreciation of his greatness and how his tennis has moved so many people.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Fever Pitch  (Pop Penguin)
    Fever Pitch (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141045498
    Title: Fever Pitch (Pop Penguin)
    Author: HORNBY NICK

    For many people watching football is mere entertainment; to some it's more like a ritual; but to others, its highs and lows provide a narrative to life itself. For Nick Hornby's devotion to the game has provided one of the few constants in a life where the meaningful things - like growing up, leaving home and forming relationships- have rarely been as simple or as uncomplicated as his love for Arsenal.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Frankel: One Race, 12 Horses & the Beginning of a Racing Dynasty
    Frankel: One Race, 12 Horses & the Beginning of a Racing Dynasty
    ISBN: 9780008307042
    Title: Frankel: One Race, 12 Horses & the Beginning of a Racing Dynasty
    Author: COOPER SIMON


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Great Romantic
    Great Romantic
    ISBN: 9781473661851
    Title: Great Romantic
    Author: HAMILTON DUNCAN

    Neville Cardus described how one majestic stroke-maker 'made music' and 'spread beauty' with his bat. Between two world wars, he became the laureate of cricket by doing the same with words.

    In The Great Romantic, award-winning author Duncan Hamilton demonstrates how Cardus changed sports journalism for ever. While popularising cricket - while appealing, in Cardus' words to people who 'didn't know a leg-break from the pavilion cat at Lord's'- he became a star in his own right with exquisite phrase-making, disdain for statistics and a penchant for literary and musical allusions.

    Among those who venerated Cardus were PG Wodehouse, John Arlott, Harold Pinter, JB Priestley and Don Bradman. However, behind the rhapsody in blue skies, green grass and colourful characters, this richly evocative biography finds that Cardus' mother was a prostitute, he never knew his father and he received negligible education. Infatuations with younger women ran parallel to a decidedly unromantic marriage. And, astonishingly, the supreme stylist's aversion to factual accuracy led to his reporting on matches he never attended.

    Yet Cardus also belied his impoverished origins to prosper in a second class-conscious profession, becoming a music critic of international renown. The Great Romantic uncovers the dark enigma within a golden age.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Gulf Wars: How We Kept the Cup
    Gulf Wars: How We Kept the Cup
    ISBN: 9781990003318
    Title: Gulf Wars: How We Kept the Cup
    Author: GLADWELL RICHARD


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Harry Watson: The Mile Eater
    Harry Watson: The Mile Eater
    ISBN: 9780958267311
    Title: Harry Watson: The Mile Eater
    Author: KENNETT JONATHAN

    The Europeans laughed at his old-fashioned bicycle and predicted that he would never make it in the Tour de France, the world's hardest and most prestigious cycling race. But in 1928 Harry Watson, the first New Zealander to enter, became the favourite underdog. He returned home a hero, and cemented his claim to greatness by winning almost every long-distance cycling race in New Zealand during the 1930s, creating several enduring records in the process.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141045566
    Title: Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    Author: THOMPSON HUNTER S

    The Hell's Angels erupted into 1960s America, paralysing whole towns with fear. Determined to discover the truth behind the terrifying reputation of these marauding biker gangs, Hunter S. Thompson spent a year on the road with the Angels, documenting his hair-raising experiences with Charger Charley, Big Frank, Little Jesus and The Gimp. Hell's Angels was the result: a masterpiece of underground reportage whose free-wheeling, impressionistic style created the legend of Gonzo journalism, and made Thompson's name as the wild man of American writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Historic NZ Racing Cars
    Historic NZ Racing Cars
    ISBN: 9781869539863
    Title: Historic NZ Racing Cars
    Author: HOLMES STEVE

    From the sleek futuristic McLaren M8A to the missile-shaped RA Vanguard, these are New Zealand's Historic Racing Cars in all their full-colour, tire-burning glory! Historic New Zealand Racing Cars reveals the fascinating histories of eighteen cars whose stories are intertwined with our motoring history. Author Steve Holmes delves into the origins of each vehicle - from design, to racing achievements, and their fate thereafter. Each car is highlighted with a wealth of eye-catching photography. Featuring such racing greats as the mighty 1968 McLaren M8A Can-Am, through to the grass-roots domestic Specials. Single seaters, sports cars, and saloons are all profiled, with cars from the 1940s to the 1980s. Cars that were designed and built locally, to others of international origin, combined they represent a golden era of New Zealand motor racing history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Hooked for Life
    Hooked for Life
    ISBN: 9780995105355
    Title: Hooked for Life
    Author: HILL LES

    Based on Les Hill’s 63 years of fly fishing in New Zealand, HOOKED FOR LIFE is packed with interesting, amusing and informative anecdotes. The book resonates with the sheer joy of hunting and catching trout, while imparting a lifetime’s worth of invaluable lessons on how to go about it. The reader will not only benefit from the author’s years of experience with nymph and dry fly, but will enjoy soaking up the special atmosphere he evokes and relive vicariously the primal contest between angler and fish. Along the way they’ll learn to think like a trout and understand the nature of the world it lives in; get some tips on streamside photography; and come to appreciate the author’s view that it is often more satisfying to catch one special fish than a large number on a particular day, or that the trout that gets away can provide as much fun as several brought to a net. In the second part of the book, Dr Graham Macdonald’s thoughtful chapters on fishing and wellness give an insight into the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing, an unusual angle not often explored in fly fishing literature. From page one, HOOKED FOR LIFE is lavishly illustrated with over 120 superb large-format colour photographs that not only invite one into the book, but also reveal the beauty of our rivers, streams, lakes and countryside, and encourage the reader to head out to experience the wonderful world of fly fishing. The perfect gift for any angler. "A marvel of a book, illustrated with superb photography and written with quiet wisdom, story-telling art, information and love. A treasure trove gathered from more than 60 years of perfect pleasure." - Kevin Ireland, author of How To Catch A Fish ABOUT THE AUTHOR Les Hill is a retired school teacher. He lives on a two-acre block close to Hokitika with panoramic views of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. He enjoys life in the outdoors – trout fishing, whitebaiting, sea fishing and hunting. He always carries a camera. He is the author or co-author of seven previous, highly acclaimed books on trout fishing. Les was a regular contributor to Fish and Game magazine and has had numerous articles and photographs published in books and magazines both in NZ and abroad.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • How to Catch Fish & Where #2: The Big Fish Edition
    How to Catch Fish & Where #2: The Big Fish Edition
    ISBN: 9781869539887
    Title: How to Catch Fish & Where #2: The Big Fish Edition
    Author: RENDLE MIKE

    Following on from Michael's hugely successful How to Catch Fish and Where, this book tells you how to catch the biggest of all your favourite fish, including snapper and hapuka, as well as big game fish. Drawing from more than four decades of fishing experience throughout New Zealand and the Pacific, Michael Rendle has written a book that will be loved by fishermen. Packed-full of colour, description, diagrams and detail, this book is easy to read, simple to follow and includes lots of tips and hints.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • How to Stay Alive The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation
    How to Stay Alive The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation
    ISBN: 9780552168793
    Title: How to Stay Alive The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation
    Author: GRYLLS BEAR


    THE ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE FROM THE WORLD'S LEADING SURVIVAL EXPERT.
    ___________


    Do you know how to...
    Survive a bear attack?
    Make fire from virtually nothing?
    Fly a plane in an emergency?
    Survive in the most extreme conditions?


    Bear Grylls does.


    There is barely a terrain he hasn't conquered or an extreme environment he hasn't experienced. From his time in 21 SAS, through to his extraordinary expeditions in the toughest corners of each of the seven continents, Bear has accumulated an astonishing wealth of survival knowledge.


    Now, for the first time, he is putting all his expertise into one book. How To Stay Alive will teach you all of the essential skills you need to survive in the modern world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • How to Watch a Game of Rugby (#1 Ginger Series)
    How to Watch a Game of Rugby (#1 Ginger Series)
    ISBN: 9780958250931
    Title: How to Watch a Game of Rugby (#1 Ginger Series)
    Author: ZAVOS SPIRO

    Full of enthusiasm, this guide sets out to convince non-believers that rugby is the world's greatest game.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
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