Running, Poker, Golf, Climbing, Biographies of sports personalities, Cycling, Wrestling and Tennis – all included in this month’s selection of Recent Picks for Sports and Fitness.
Winning Tennis : The Smarter Player’s Guide / Rob Antoun.
“A comprehensive guide on targeting an opponent’s style of play for a winning advantage. ‘Winning Tennis’ is unlike any other tennis instruction guide. It doesn’t explain how to hit a tennis ball, and it leaves grips, strokes and serves aside. The book focuses on winning tennis by reading an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses for clues, patterns, court position and more. Knowing what is about to come across the net is a huge advantage for preparing a winning return…..The Smarter Player’s Guide is an essential resource that can revolutionize a player’s tennis skills, and thus their ability to win.” (Books In Print)
Your 12-Week Guide to the Gym : from your armchair to a complete body workout in 12 weeks / by Daniel Ford ; training programme by Paul Cowcher.
“Your 12-week Guide to the Gym offers an achievable step-by-step guide to help get an unfit person to a definable goal – a 90 minute workout in 12 weeks. The book outlines how to get started, what’s needed and how to make that first step. Then using the week-by-week guide the reader works towards the target goal in very gradual steps with a weekly programme plus basic tips on nutrition, motivation, stretching and so on. The emphasis is on a very gradual approach towards achieving the goal so that the reader feels comfortable and there is constant reaffirmation of achievements as he/she works through the programme.”–Publisher’s description.
The 50 Greatest Professional Wrestlers of all Time : the definitive shoot / by Larry Matysik.
“Larry Matysik is a wrestling promoter and the author of Brody , Drawing Heat the Hard Way , and Wrestling at the Chase . He has worked with Sam Muchnick, cofounder and former president of the National Wrestling Alliance, and Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.” (Library Catalogue)
Shipton and Tilman : The Great Decade of Himalayan Exploration / Jim Perrin.
“Using unpublished diaries, Jim Perrin, the acclaimed author of “The Villain” and “Menlove”, tells the story of the greatest exploring partnership in British history. In the 1930s Tilman and the younger Shipton pioneered many routes in Africa and the Himalayas and found the key to unlocking Everest. They crossed Africa by bicycle, explored China with Spender and Auden, journeyed down the Oxus River to its source and, with no support, opened up much of the Nepalese Himalaya. In the words of Jim Perrin, “The journeys of discovery undertaken through two decades by this pair of venturesome ragamuffins are unparallelled in the annals of mountain exploration.” (Library Catalogue)
In the City of Bikes : the story of the Amsterdam cyclist / Pete Jordan.
“In 2002, the newlywed American author came to Amsterdam to study urban planning for five months. He, his wife, and his son live there still,….. Need a work visa in a tight labor market? Just be a janitor at a garbage-processing plant. Low funds and two-room apartments? Who cares when you’re holding your pregnant wife’s hand as she bikes along beside you? That’s right. Everyone bikes in Amsterdam: the elderly, the brief-cased, the ladder-carrying, the ballroom-gowned. All without helmets. No history of bicycles is complete without a history of bike thievery, and Jordan delivers.” (Booklist)
“Part personal memoir, part history of cycling, part fascinating street-level tour of Amsterdam, In The City of Bikes is the story of a man who loves bikes – in a city that loves bikes.” (Book Jacket)
Everest 1953 : the epic story of the first ascent / Mick Conefrey.
“A gripping narrative underpinned by meticulous research. With the same forensic eye for detail that informs his documentary films, Conefry reminds us that this was actually a great team effort,
which only just succeded at the eleventh hour.” – Stephen Venables (Book Jacket)
“A thoroughly and well-researched book which tells the ‘inside’ story of an often misunderstood expedition. Essential reading for anyone with a fascination for Everest.” Matt Dickson (Book Jacket)
Ronaldo : The Obsession for Perfection / Luca Caioli.
“When a young Portugese player with sublime abilities arrived at Manchester United in 2003, Alex Ferguson put the number 7 shirt – once worn by Best, Cantona and Beckham – on his back without hesitation….. Luca Caioli tells the inside story of this global superstar both on and off the pitch, unveiling as never before the life of one of modern football’s great players, who is driven by seemingly unstoppable force to be absolutely the best he can be.” (Book Jacket)
The Muddy Olympians / Jonathan and Simon Kennett.
The stories of the six mountain bikers who have represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games.
“New Zealand mountain biking pioneers Simon and Jonathan Kennett trace the stories of our cross-country champions – and the development of the sport in New Zealand – from friendly races in the back blocks to the fierce battle for international titles and professional team contracts.” (Book Jacket)
Golf’s Moment of Truth : how to play under pressure and conquer the choke point / Robin Sieger.
“A refreshinly simple yet original approach to the mental aspects of golf.” (Book Jacket)
The Unstoppable Golfer : trusting your mind & your short game to achieve greatness / Bob Rotella with Bob Cullen.
“Dr Bob Rotella is the pre-eminent golf psychologist to the game’s top players – he has coached stars like Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke – and he has offered his advice to golffers of all skill levels in his best selling books, including Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and Golf Is a Game of Confidence. Now he tackles the mind’s role in the most difficult aspect of golfing – the short game.” (Book Jacket)
The Art of Running Faster / Julian Goater, Don Melvin.
“Julian Goater offers a practical approach to running, explaining not only what to do but how to do it. The Art of Running Faster is a must-have guide for becoming a better runner.” (Book Jacket)
Poker : The Real Deal / by Phil Gordon and Jonathan Grotenstein.
“Seizing on poker’s explosion in popular culture, Gordon (co-host of Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown and two-time World Poker Tour champion) and Grotenstein offer an instructive overview of the game, lifestyle and culture that reaches beyond dry technicalities. A rigorous defense of poker as a game of skill, not chicanery, the book frames it as an all-American exercise in individual shrewdness. (Publisher Weekly)
“Like a secret society, poker has its own language and customs – its own governing logic and rules of etiquette that the uninitiated may find intimidating. It’s a game of skill, and playing well depends on more than just a good hand or the ability to hide emotion. The first step toward developing a style worthy of the greats is learning to think like a poker player. In a game where there are no absolutes, mastering the basics is only the begining – being able to pull off the strategy and theatrics is the difference between legendary wins and epic failure….The authors provide tips on everything you need to know about the home game, online poker, card rooms, tournaments, and becoming a professional.” (Book Jacket)