If the World Cup football or the Commonwealth Games has made you want to read more about these sporting events, our selection this month will keep you entertained – along with books on running, cricket and sailing.
Brazil Futebol : football to the rhythm of the samba beat / Keir Radnedge.
“‘Brazil Futebol’ captures the essence of the world’s premier football nation and tells the story of more than a century of footballing passion. Starting in the 1870s when the Scottish expatriate Thomas Donohue introduced the game to the native Brazillians, it recounts the unprecedented success of the national team, building to the debut World Cup win in 1958 and beyond, detailing the most famous moments and players.” (Books in Print)
Shadows on the Road : life at the heart of the peloton, from US Postal to Team Sky / Michael Barry.
“In 2012, veteran cyclist Michael Barry announced his retirement from the sport. Weeks later he testified against his former team mate Lance Armstrong, as part of the USADA investigation.In a stunning piece of writing, Barry explores the dreams and passion of a young, idealistic cycling fan from Toronto, what it was like to go on to ride as a teammate alongside such giants of the sport as Lance Armstrong, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, and how those dreams were compromised early on in his career by a sport in crisis. But it is also the story of his eleven years riding clean, before and after his time in the notorious US Postal Team. What was it like to head for Europe at such a young age, and what was it like to escape the environment of doping, to try and start again, all the time aware that past actions may one day catch up with him? Offering an elegiac insight into the life and mind of a professional sportsman – the pressures, sacrifices, fears, crashes, injuries and neuroses – Shadows on the Road is a must-read for cycling and sports fans alike.” (Books in Print)
The World Cup : heroes, hoodlums, high-kicks and head-butts / Paul Hansford.
“Overview of the World Cup, the international competition played by the best soccer players in the world. The World Cup has a strong, irreverent and humourous writing voice. It concentrates on the stories behind the legends, teams and great matches of the World Cup, putting aside the pundits’ picks for who will win (they invariably get it wrong anyway) and concentrating on the weird, whacky, controversial and legendary moments of the world’s best sporting event. For example, it references the cult hero Ilunga Mwepu in the 74 finals against Brazil. Clearly unsure of the rules of association football, when the referee blows his whistle for Brazil to take a free kick, he pegs it out of the wall and blasts the ball up field. A yellow card and eternal infamy follow. There are hundreds of brilliant tales like this in the history of the game and they receive as much coverage as the heroes and greatest matches.” (Syndetics summary)
Climbing Manual : the essential guide to rock climbing / Nigel Shepherd.
“This climbing manual is a thoroughly modern introduction to rock climbing. From getting started with equipment, clothing, fitness, and basic skills through to advanced techniques and coping with tricky situations, this book is packed with practical step-by-step sequences and inspirational photography, making it the perfect guide for the novice or intermediate climber.” (Books in Print)
The Commonwealth Games : extraordinary stories behind the medals / Brian Oliver.
“Sports journalist Brian Oliver brings these often overlooked Games to life with fantastic stories of the athletes who have competed over the years. He delves into past games for the best tales, and interviews the key protagonists to unveil the highs and lows of this eccentric sporting competition.” (Syndetics summary)
Cricket Manual : the official guide to playing the game / Andy Tennant ; foreword by Michael Vaughan.
“From health and fitness through to training, bowling, batting, fielding, strategy, coaching and umpiring, every aspect of the game is analysed and explained in detail. Presented in an attractively designed and user-friendly style with numerous photographs and graphics, this manual is an essential reference book for the keen cricketer as well as an informative read for any sports fan.” (Books in Print)
Cyclopedia : it’s all about the bike / written by William Fotheringham.
“Fotheringham (Cycle Racing) offers a reference to bicycles and cycling culture. Organized alphabetically, entries include brief biographies, terms, competitions, bicycle models and makers, team song lyrics, and even time lines. Informative and frank biographical entries open with birth and death dates, major wins, nicknames, and (when applicable) books written. Framed sidebars present subject trivia, while maps detail a competition’s geographical course. A humorous yet substantial addition to sports or cycling history collections.” (Library Journal)
The Big Book of the World Cup / by Clive Batty and John Murray.
“Bursting with action-packed pictures, fascinating facts, stats, trivia and vital World Cup information, The Big Book of the World Cup is the perfect companion to the greatest sporting show on Earth. The book features an in-depth guide to each of the 32 competing nations, profiles of the star players who will be there plus a tour of South Africa looking at the colourful setting and the wonderful stadiums which will provide the backdrop for the 2010 tournament. Also features an interactive fixtures guide and scorechart, as well as a complete TV viewing guide.” (Books in Print)
Trail Running : from start to finish / Graeme Hilditch.
“The popularity of running has never been greater and with thousands of everyday people taking in conventional 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon road running events, there seems to be a natural desire to seek other arguably more challenging forms of running. Trail Running helps advise runners how to make the transition from road running to off road running, whether your intention is purely for fun or to take part in specialist off road events.” (Syndetics summary)
The Complete Running & Marathon Book / senior editor, Catherine Saunders.
“Includes tips that can help you to gain a vital competitive edge, from goal-setting and motivation to running psychology and race tactics. This book helps you assess and develop your technique under clear no-nonsense guidance with detailed visuals to help you understand what your body is going through.” (Syndetics summary)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sailing / by Diane Selkirk.
“There’s something magical about casting off on your own sailboat to parts unknown. This guide gives you tons of tips for enjoying your time on the water.” (Syndetics summary)
Feet in the Clouds : a tale of fell-running and obsession / Richard Askwith.
“Feet in the Clouds is a chronicle of a masochistic but admirable sporting obsession and an insight into one of the oldest extreme sports”–Publisher’s description.