It’s a big year for sports with the Olympics, T20 World Cup and Euros in the coming months. But until they roll around, why not settle in with one of these?
100 essential things you didn’t know you didn’t know about sport / John D. Barrow
“100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Sport sheds light on the mysteries of running, jumping, swimming and points scoring across the whole sporting spectrum. Whether you are a competitor striving to go faster or higher, or an armchair enthusiast wanting to understand more, this is a fascinating read with one hundred short pieces that range across a wide number of sports.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)
The perfect punter : a year of losing everything and trying to win it all back / Dave Farrar
“Like millions of other sports-mad gamblers around the world, Dave Farrar loved taking on the bookies. But when the girl that he loved walked out on him without explaining why, it all went wrong and he embarked on an ill-disciplined six-month losing streak that made him decide that he was done with punting forever. As he started to get over the fact that the girl wasn’t coming back, he resolved not to give up without a fight. But this time, he was going to do it properly, making sure that he did enough research to take on the bookmakers and win.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)
Knuckle / James Quinn McDonagh
“Irish travellers live in a closed community. What we think we know about them is based on hearsay, rumour and stereotype. But not any more. Knuckle is the true story of James Quinn McDonagh — clan head and champion bare-knuckle fighter. It’s a journey from his grandfather’s horse-drawn caravan at the side of the road to the country lanes of Ireland where he stood, fists bloodied and bandaged, fighting a clan war that he never asked for. Two men, two neutral referees, a country lane. No gloves, no biting, no rests. The last man standing wins, takes home the money, and more importantly, the bragging rights. Caught in a brutal cycle of violence that has left men dead, houses burned and lives destroyed, James tells a story that opens up a hidden world — revealing why history repeats itself, and why he can never go home!” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)
The bodyboard travel guide : where to score the world’s best bodyboarding waves / [Owen Pye with Rob Barber and Mike Searle ; foreword by Mitch Rawlins].
“The modern polyurethane bodyboard was only invented as recently as 1971, yet there are now estimated to be several million frothing bodyboarders around the world. This book examines the history and development of the sport, hails its greatest. stars, and showcases the craziest bodyboard waves around the globe.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Rugby skills, tactics and rules / Tony Williams.
“Today, the sport of rugby is played in more than 80 countries of the world, and the United States contains more than 1000 rugby clubs. Until recently, however, few books on the sport were published here, but this is one of a number of rugby books scheduled for publication this year, including Rugby (HarperCollins) and Think Rugby (A. & C. Black). Hunter, currently coach of New Zealand’s Auckland Blues, and Williams, who has written 13 books on rugby, make lavish use of color photographs to illustrate the basic positions, general and specialized skills, tactics, and rules of the game. These photographs and the occasional diagrams greatly enhance the clearly written text. A 32-page section contains an abbreviated, plain-language list of basic rugby rules. This work is aimed at the beginning rugby player and is appropriate for readers age ten and above. Recommended for most sports collections, junior high and above.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)
The fitness book / [principal writer, Kelly Thompson]
“Find a fitness workout that works for you with the home fitness bible. Whether you want to fit into your skinny jeans, brave a swimming costume in six weeks or squeeze in some exercise during your lunch break, The Fitness Book will help you find a workout that fits perfectly into your busy lifestyle.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)