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Sport, fitness & recreation picks for May

Fancy walking the length of New Zealand? Then get to know the Te Araroa Trail in one of the highlights added to our catalogue this month. There are also two takes on running; barefoot and ultra marathon. If the outdoor exertion seems to much in this chill, then a definitive English translation of Aaron Nimzowitch’s My system is great news for chess enthusiasts at all levels.

Syndetics book coverA Walking Guide to New Zealand’s Long Trail : Te Araroa / Geoff Chapple.
“This is the guidebook of Te Araroa Trail: The Long Pathway, a continuous trail running from Cape Reinga to Bluff …..The book maps the 3000-kilometre trail in 40-kilometre sections, with maps by leading map maker Roger Smith of Geographx. Author Geoff Chapple is a modern-day visionary who took the concept of a continuous trail running the length of New Zealand and turned it into a reality…” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA life Without Limits / Chrissie Wellington ; with Michael Aylwin.
“Chrissie Wellington is the world’s No 1 female Ironman triathlete, a triple World Champion and World Record holder. In 2009 she was voted Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, and in 2010 was awarded the MBE. She is the undefeated champion of Triathlon, having won twelve Ironman titles from twelve races. She set a new World Record of 8 hours 19:13 at Quelle Roth Germany in 2010, which slashed over 14 minutes from the previous record and where she was only beaten by six men. She went on to improve this time by another minute in the 2011 race. She also set a new world record for the fastest ever Ironman sanctioned event at Ironman South African in April 2011…..This is the remarkable story of how a Norfolk girl, (a sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene) became a world champion.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSlaying the Badger : LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France / Richard Moore.
“The Tour de France is sport’s most compelling battle — an annual cauldron of heroism and treachery, spectacle and controversy, mind-games and endurance. But the 1986 Tour stands out as the year in which a show-stopping rivalry had spectators across the world gripped. When Greg LeMond …..dubbed ‘L’American’ — won the 1986 Tour, he made history. The first non-European to win the Yellow Jersey, he broke the Old World stranglehold and changed the face of the competition. But LeMond’s victory was hard won. It was seemingly snatched from the jaws of the man ominously dubbed ‘The Badger’…” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Fan’s Guide to World Rugby : The Essential Rugby Travel Guide / by Daniel Ford and Adam Hathaway.
This book is for the travelling rugby fan. If you love rugby then inside these pages you’ll find everything you need to plan your trip and enjoy the action.

Syndetics book coverMy System : A Chess Manual on Totally New Principles / Aaron Nimzowitch ; [translated by Ian Adams].
“For the first time, an English-speaking audience can appreciate the true nature of this famous classic chess book, as this brand-new translation recreates the author’s original intention…..This is the first new English translation in decades and, unlike previous translations, does not censor or dilute the author’s writing.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRunning Beyond Limits : The Adventures of an Ultra Marathon Runner– / Andrew Murray.
“Andrew Murray has been running since 2005 when he realised that it might be a good way to see a bit of the world. Since then he has been placed first overall in races in the Arctic, the Sahara, Outer Mongolia and the jungle, amongst others. But in 2010 he devised a challenge that put all his previous attempts in the shade – to run from Scotland to the Sahara in one continuous push with no rest days!….This book is the story of that run…” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInto the Silence : The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest / Wade Davis.
“In a monumental work of history and adventure, ten years in the writing, Wade Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept on climbing on that fateful day. His answer lies in a single phrase uttered by one of the survivors as they retreated from the mountain: ‘The price of life is death.’ Mallory walked on because for him, as for all of his generation, death was but ‘a frail barrier that men crossed, smiling and gallant, every day’.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot Running / by Craig Richards and Thomas Hollowell.
“Enhanced running-naturally. For 30 years runners have been told that their only hope of salvation from injury is an expensive shoe – until now. The barefoot running and minimalist-footwear revolution is here and it is turning the world of running upside down. Offers expert advice on how to run barefoot and strengthen atrophied muscles and revitalize super-sensitive soles. A Harvard University study made from early 2010 shows that barefoot running is better for the body and feet than running in expensive shoes” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDance With Me : Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy / Julia A. Ericksen.
“In Dance With Me , Julia Ericksen, a competitive ballroom dancer herself, takes the reader onto the competition floor and into the lights and the glamour of a world of tanned bodies and glittering attire, exploring the allure of this hyper-competitive, difficult, and often expensive activity…” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEngage : The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson / Paul Kimmage.
“The shocking, controversial, and moving story of Matt Hampson, the rugby player who dislocated his neck and was paralyzed in an England training session “Engage!” was the last word Matt Hampson heard before dislocating his neck while in rugby training with other young England hopefuls…… In that moment his life changed forever. Paul Kimmage went to visit Matt as he recuperated, and wrote an award-winning piece on him for the Sunday Times . They struck up a friendship which led to this spectacular book – where Paul tells Matt’s whole story,….a story of terrible sadness yet unadorned triumph and joy, of anger yet of reconciliation and peace – and of a boy who became a man.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New sport books: Punching, punting and more!

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?

Syndetics book cover100 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)

Syndetics book coverThe 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)

Syndetics book coverKnuckle / 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)

Syndetics book coverThe 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)

Syndetics book coverRugby 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)

Sports & fitness, indoors & out

There’s a good workout for the mind as well as the body in this month’s recent picks selection for Sport and Fitness.

Syndetics book coverBatsford’s Modern Chess Openings / completely revised by Nick de Firmian.
“A brand new edition of this perennial chess favourite, with more than 25% new material. This book has been the standard reference work on chess openings for more than half a century, and has been called ”the chess player”s bible”. It is the most comprehensive single-volume work on the openings….This latest updated edition is an indispensable reference work for club and tournament players.” – (adapted from Global Books summary)

Syndetics book coverSocial Game Design : Monetization Methods and Mechanics / Tim Fields, Brandon Cotton.
“Social Game Design reveals what you need to know in order to add money-making features to your online social games. Using examples from successful social game designs, you’ll learn what makes these games compelling, and why people will pay to play them. This book will inspire you to apply these principles in order to meet the challenges of this new space, creating original games that both delight players and generate profit.” – (adapted from Global Books summary)

Syndetics book coverRaw Combat : the underground world of mixed martial arts / Jim Genia.
“Forget pay-per-view. Forget championship belts or sanctioning bodies. This is Mixed Martial Arts combat in it’s purest, rawest form. Follow Jim Genia into the illicit world of ‘vale tudo’ (anything goes)….Jim Genia offers on-the-mat access to a brutal arena and the men who spill their blood there.” – (Book cover description)

Syndetics book coverTennis : Strokes and Tactics to Improve Your Game / John Littleford and Andrew Magrath. “This is a completely unique approach to learning tennis. From serves, strokes and volleys to smashes and lobs, the strokes are demonstrated visually from five agles: front, back, left, right and from above. This “all round” view shows the accurate positioning of your feet, body and racket, so you can easily adopt the correct stance when playing a killer back hand or putting a lethal top spin on your forehand.” – (Book cover description)

Syndetics book coverTangled Lines : a lifelong quest for the perfect day’s fishing / Anthony Swainson.“Anthony Swanson has devoted more than half a century in search of the perfect day’s fishing. His quest includes the rivers and streams of New Zealand, the raging East Coast seas and fishing trips half way round the world. “Tangled Lines” is his collection of whimsical stories, relating his fishing odyssey.” – (Book cover description)

Syndetics book coverWild Horizons : More Great Hunting Adventures / Greig Caigou.
“Greig’s first book, Hunting Adventures, shared the experience of an ordinary New Zealand hunter who gets out into the back-country whenever he can. In this second volume, he still aims to get beyond the road-end and into more wild horizons” – (Book cover description)

Syndetics book coverRugby League Through the Decades : all the players, all the statistics– everything that’s happened in rugby league since 1907 / Ian Collis, Alan Whiticker.
“A celebration of each epoch of the game throughout Australian history. Including almost 1000 images, many never before published, rare memorabilia, season records and international details, it is completely up to the minute with chapters about recent events, new clubs and fresh controversy. Also covers tour matches from Perth to Brisbane and points in between.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside the Divide : one city, two teams, the Old Firm / Richard Wilson.
“Since 1888, Rangers and Celtic football clubs have been locked into an intense and frequently explosive rivalry: Rangers the product of West Scotland’s Protestant establishment, Celtic the team founded to raise money for the Catholic underclass of Glasgow.On 2 January 2010 the two teams met in the Old Firm’s New Year Derby, a fixture that had been banned for ten years because of the trouble it brought with it. Richard Wilson puts that game at the centre of a book which delves into the history and widens out to the cultural resonance of the fixture within Scotland. It is a potent mix of close-up observation and big-picture thinking, with insight, understanding and depth.” – (adapted from Global Books summary)

Syndetics book cover9.58 : My Story : Being the World’s Fastest Man / Usain Bolt with Shaun Custis.
“Beautifully illustrated with dozens of specially commissioned photographs, the fastest man on the planet tells the story of his life so far. A skinny kid from the Jamaican parish of Trelawny, Usain Bolt’s life changed in August 2008 when the Olympic men’s 100-meter starter pistol was followed just 9.69 seconds later by his streak across the finish line and the first of his three gold medals.” – (adapted from Amazon.com summary)

Summer sports and fitness picks

This month’s picks cover classic summer activities like cycling, tennis, swimming, cricket. Also, gain insight into the likes of Theo Walcott and Shane Watson with some sporting biographies.

Syndetics book coverZinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance / Lennard Zinn ; illustrated by Todd Telander.
“Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance” is the world’s best-selling book on mountain bike maintenance and repair. This smartly organized and clearly illustrated guide–now in two colors for easier reference–can make a bike mechanic out of anyone. Lennard Zinn’s expert advice makes quick work of mountain bike repair. Newcomers and experienced mechanics alike will benefit from the hundreds of illustrations, the exploded views of how components go together, and Zinn’s practical, time-saving tips…… no matter what mountain bike you may have in your garage, chances are you’ll find it–and the way to fix it–in these pages.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCold Water Souls / Chris Nelson.
“Cold Water Souls” goes in search of surfing’s cold water pioneers, from the wilds of Alaska to the frozen wastes of Nova Scotia, and from Scotland’s storm-lashed north coast to Japan’s Hokkaido island. Surf writer Chris Nelson has teamed up with some of world’s top surf photographers to produce this stunning account of the world’s most extreme surfing environments.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWatto / Shane Watson with Jimmy Thomson.
“For Shane Watson, this was a body blow, even more devastating than the injuries that had stalled his promising career. It felt like the end of his boyhood dreams of being Australia’s number one all-rounder. He was shattered. He might never wear the Baggy Green again, even as a batsman. With so many talented young players available, he was losing the weapon that made him stand out from the crowd.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTheo : Growing Up Fast / Theo Walcott.
“When the name of Theo Walcott was included in the England squad for the 2006 World Cup, shock waves ran through the football world. But no one was more surprised than Theo himself. Five years later, Theo Walcott is one of the most recognizable names in football…..It has been an incredible adventure, an unbelievable story for a quiet boy from a small village who only started playing football when he was 10. But how does it feel for your dreams to come true? In Theo: Growing Up Fast, Theo Walcott takes you for the first time right inside his world.” – (adapted from Global Books description)

Syndetics book coverInto the Silence : The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest / Wade Davis.
“If the quest for Mount Everest began as a grand imperial gesture, as redemption for an empire of explorers that had lost the race to the Poles, it ended as a mission of regeneration for a country and a people bled white by war.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWinning the Ashes down Under : The Captain’ Story / Andrew Strauss ; with Simon Hughes.
“In November 2010, Andrew Strauss faced the ultimate challenge for an England cricket captain: winning the Ashes on Australian soil, a feat that had not been achieved for 24 years. By the end of a series that gripped the nation, he had led his team to an overwhelming victory – inflicting an unprecedented three innings defeats on the old enemy.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHigh Strung : Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis’s Fiercest Rivalry / Stephen Tignor.
“Through the lens of [the] era’s final tournament, the 1981 U.S. Open, [this book] chronicles the lives and careers of the men who made those Wild West days of tennis so memorable.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSex, Lies and Handlebar Tape : the remarkable life of Jacques Anquetil, the first five-times winner of the Tour de France / Paul Howard.
“Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape is the astonishing biography of French cycling star Jacques Anquetil. For the first time since his death in 1987, it reveals the extraordinary truth behind the legend, the man and the cyclist.His list of ‘firsts’ alone makes him worthy of a place in the cycling pantheon: the first man to win the Tour de France five times; the first man to win all three grand tours – the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España and the first man to win both the Tour and Vuelta in the same year.However, the extraordinary life of Anquetil does not stop at his achievements on a bike…” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Australian Ballet, cycling, mountain-climbing, & camping under the stars

We’ve put together our picks of the new sports and fitness books for this month, and they’re heavy on sports biographies – including tomes from Benji Marshall, Jack Ralston, Mick Foley, and more. Plus, nail-biting, suspenseful and insightful stories of mountain climbers! Have a browse.

Syndetics book coverSecond Wind : One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents / Cami Ostman.
“Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself when an old friend suggests she go for a run to distract her from the grief of her recent divorce. Excited by the clarity of mind and breathing space running offers her, she keeps it up albeit slowly and she decides to run seven marathons on seven continents…..Insightful and uplifting, Second Wind carries the reader along for the ride as Ostman runs her way out of compliance with the patriarchal rules about being a woman that long held her captive and into authenticity and self-love.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverMankind / Mick Foley.
“This intimate glimpse into the passionate personality of a World Wrestling Federation champion is updated with a bonus chapter summarizing the past 15 months–from Foley’s experience as a bestselling author to his parting thoughts before his final match.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBenji Marshall : A Tribute to a Rugby League Genius / John Matheson.
“Not long ago Benji Marshall was contemplating life on the rugby league scrapheap. Multiple shoulder operations had taken their toll, but the Wests Tigers and Kiwis superstar is yet to meet a challenge worth giving in to. This is the story of the Kiwis captain from his early years growing up with his extended family in small-town New Zealand to his move to a rugby league school on the Gold Coast.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverLuminous : Celebrating 50 Years of The Australian Ballet / [edited by Kate Scott and Lorelei Vashti ; picture research Jo Sapir and Jasmin Tulk ; art direction & design by 3 Deep Design].
Luminous captures 50 years of The Australian Ballet, revealing dancers at work and at play, on stage and on tour, in rehearsals and in love, and the designers, director and choreographers who nurtured its artistic vision. This handsome coffee table book features defining images and never-before-seen photos accompanied by essays by Australia’s leading arts writers.

Syndetics book coverThe Sports Insider : A Life Among Champions / Jack Ralston with Steve Kilgallon.
“Jack Ralston is New Zealand’s ultimate sports insider. Having started his sporting career training with Arthur Lydiard, he went on to head up Nike Sports Marketing working with greats like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Carl Lewis. Drawn back to New Zealand, Jack then worked for the New Zealand Rugby Union, trained triathletes like Hamish Carter and worked with Round-the-World yachting syndicates. He’s a businessman, a sportsman, a trainer and a great story teller.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverBike Snob : / BikeSnob NYC [i.e. Eben Weiss] ; illustrations by Christopher Koelle.
Systematically and mercilessly re-aligning the world of cycling. “In this wickedly funny rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, blogger and cyclist BikeSnobNYC offers a unique look at yhe ins and outs of cycling…” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverWind from a Distant Summit / Pat Deavoll.
“For over three decades Pat Deavoll has been climbing at the elite level of her sport, in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, in the Canadian Rockies and Alaska and undertaking extreme, world-class expeditions to the great mountain ranges of Central Asia, including the Himalayas and the Karakorum. In WIND FROM A DISTANT SUMMIT she tells of her beginnings in the mountains of New Zealand, and of how far a singular level of drive, determination and talent has taken her – there are few mountaineers in New Zealand, women or men who have managed her level of achievement, and who have climbed so hard for so long.” (Global Books)

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Sport & Fitness – new books for November

In this month’s sport and fitness recent picks: English cricketing greats, psychological warfare on the 1986 Tour de France, and a stunning book of photographs from the Rugby World Cup (Black: Back Where it Belongs). Plus, an account of a year spent fly-fishing in New Zealand, and another of climbling New Hampshire’s collection of four-thousand foot mountains with a very special miniature schnauzer. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverJack Hobbs : England’s Greatest Cricketer / Leo McKinstry.
“The astonishing feats of Sir Jack Hobbs continue to resonate more than a century after he first played Test cricket. During his long career that stretched from the age of W.G. Grace to the era of Don Bradman, he scored more first-class runs and centuries than any player. Even today, he remains England’s greatest run-maker in Ashes Tests. He changed the art of batting with his elegant style, and transformed the status of professional cricketers through the strength of his quiet, dignified personality. Despite his significance in the game, there has never been a comprehensive biography of Hobbs. Now Leo McKinstry, the acclaimed author of a best-selling life of Geoff Boycott, has remedied that.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverSlaying the Badger : LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France / Richard Moore.
“The 1986 Tour stands out as the year in which a show-stopping rivalry had spectators across the world gripped. When Greg LeMond – a blue-eyed, blonde-haired Californian boy, dubbed ‘L’American’ – won the 1986 Tour, he made history. The first non-European to win the Yellow Jersey, he broke the Old World stranglehold and changed the face of the competition. But LeMond’s victory was hard won. It was seemingly snatched from the jaws of the man ominously dubbed ‘The Badger’. Frenchman Bernard ‘The Badger’ Hinault was five times winner of the Tour and as tough as boots. After winning the 1985 Tour, in which LeMond came a close second, Hinault vowed to return for one final Tour, and with a single purpose: to help LeMond win. But could Hinault be trusted?” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGreats of Origin / Neil Cadigan.
“In 1980 the State of Origin series was born at Lang Park in front of a crowd of 33,000, a hard-fought game in an electrifying atmosphere. Little has changed in three decades, the intensity and determination of the players running onto the field is the stuff from legends. Only now it has become Australia’s premier sporting event, attracting a huge television audience and constantly sells out the stadium. Cadigan interviews the highest profile players of the game, including Allan Langer, Mal Meninga, Wally Lewis, Andrew Johns, Ricky Stuart, Phil Gould, Wayne Bennett and Steve Mortimer amongst others, discovering what Origin means to them, how it has changed from ‘their day’ and what they think of their old foes.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverOur Game / photographed by Arno Gasteiger ; written by Peter Malcouronne.
“Our Game celebrates the grassroots of our national game – rugby played by weekend warriors and embryonic All Blacks, far from the steely glare of stadium lights. It takes place in snow and mud in the south, on sun-parched plains in the north, on provincial fields, in back paddocks, back lawns and on beaches….As much as it is a sport of the people, rugby is a sport of the landscape. Taking in these themes, New Zealand Geographic photographer Arno Gasteiger has captured the sport, the heart and soul of New Zealand, and the landscape in which it is played….” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverThe trout Diaries : A Year of Fly-fishing in New Zealand / Derek Grzelewski.
“With disarming honesty and freshness, Derek Grzelewski has written a highly readable account of his year dedicated to fly-fishing in New Zealand, relating the highs and lows, and the intricacies and finesse, of pursuing trout in the wild places and pristine waters he loves so much… The Trout Diaries contains a wealth of captivating and often amusing anecdotes as well as useful technical information making it a true angler’s companion, both literary and practical”–Jacket.

Syndetics book coverBlack : Where It Belongs / Bob Howitt.
“The must-have souvenir record of the 2011 RWC. One of rugbys most respected commentators, Bob Howitt, provides definitive commentary to the stunning array of images from leading international photo library TRANZ. Text and photos include: Introduction; Pool A New Zealand games, along with other B, C and D pool games (56 pages); quarter-finals (26 pages); semi-finals (14 pages); playoff for 3rd (2 pages); the Final (10 pages); profiles of tournament players; an interview with Graham Henry; statistics; and a selection of colourful spectator photos.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverFollowing Atticus : Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship / Tom Ryan.
” After the death of his dog Max, newspaper publisher and writer Ryan meets a breeder with one very special miniature schnauzer pup available. From there, in a story at times reminiscent of Marley & Me though without that book’s blatant humor, the reader is pulled into the relationship that develops between Ryan and Atticus… Ryan uses his newspaper columns to discuss Atticus’s impact on his life. The companionship improves Ryan’s physical and emotional health. He reconnects with family and bears his father’s death and the loss of his friend Vicki to cancer. Eventually, tired of the strain of an investigative reporting career and wishing to honor Vicki’s memory, he decides to climb New Hampshire’s 4000 White Mountains to earn money for charities, with Atticus at his side.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverDoyle Brunson’s Super System 2 : A Course in Power Poker / contributions by Doyle Brunson … [et al.] ; [foreword to the new edition by Avery Cardoza].
“This essential guide features winning strategies and professional secrets from the world’s best poker players.” (Syndetics summary)

New sport & fitness picks

Now that the rugby fever is over, it’s time to look at some other activities to keep fit.

Syndetics book coverTaekwondo Taegeuk Forms : The Official Forms of Taekwondo / by Sang H. Kim, Kyu Hyung Lee ; [photos by Marc Yves Regis].
“This is a concise reference for the Taegeuk forms (poomsae) of Taekwondo. Grandmasters Sang H Kim and Kyu Hyung Lee have combined their extensive knowledge of traditional taekwondo forms to teach you the correct way to perform the 8 official taegeuk poomsae as required for all taekwondo students up to black belt level.” – (adapted from Global Books)

Syndetics book coverSports Coaching : A Reference Guide for Students, Coaches and Competitors / edited by Anita Navin.
“Written by acknowledged experts, (this book) presents a detailed analysis of performance and good coaching practice , and provides a concise overview of the coaching process from a scientitic and pedagogical perspective.” – (adapted from Global Books)

Syndetics book coverSport Psychology : A Practical Guide / Arnold LeUnes.
“This new, updated, fourth edition of Arnold LeUnes’s textbook has comprehensive coverage of sport psychology with a healthy balance between theory and application. The strong applied approach is emphasized throughout but is essentially apparent in the second half of the book. The book features a strong pedagogical program including interesting applied vignettes, chapter outlines, emboldened key terms with glossary, very thorough chapter summaries, student-oriented suggested readings, and numerous tables and figures to visually summarize the key concepts.” – (adapted from Global Books)

Syndetics book coverRoger Federer : The Greatest / Chris Bowers.
“For several years, tennis aficionados wondered whether they could really call Roger Federer the greatest ever tennis player. In 2009, Federer ended that debate by completing his collection of career Grand Slams and overtaking Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14 major titles. With his olympic gold medal from 2008, Federer is now recognised as the greatest tennis player and has achieved legendary status in the wider sporting world…. In characteristic style, Federer silenced his critics by winning the French Open title for the first time, reclaiming his Wimbledon crown and ending 2009 at the number one position for the fifth time.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverThe Ledge : An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier / Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan.
“Davidson relates the story of the mountaineering accident that claimed his best friend, and his own 80-foot climb out of the crevasse into which the two had plunged after “summiting” Mt. Rainier…. Davidson and journalist Vaughn have crafted a modern Aristotelian tragedy.” – (adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe Football Men : Up Close with the Giants of the Modern Game / Simon Kuper.
“The great footballers and coaches are rarely glimpsed from up close. They shield themselves from the tabloids, hide their personalities behind professionalism, and in the words of the cliché, ‘do their talking on the pitch’. The Football Men describes the upbringings of these men, the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage that they bring to their relationships at work.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSoccernomics : Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey– and even Iraq– are destined to become the kings of the world’s most popular sport / Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski.
“Just in time for the world’s most anticipated and watched sporting event–the World Cup–two award-winning journalists reveal the secrets, mysteries, and oddities of the beautiful game.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Sports books!

Rugby fever is here, and our selection of new sports books this month certainly reflects it! Have a browse:

Syndetics book coverIRB Rugby World Cup 2011 : The Official Guide / Chris Hawkes ; foreword by Bernard Lapasset.
“Packed with expert analysis of all the 20 teams involved, from France to South Africa and from England to Russia, this fascinating guide also features detailed profiles of the star players…and the key statistics that all fans will need to enjoy the Tournament.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverA History of the Rugby World Cup / Gerald Davies ; foreword by John Eales.
“In The History Of The Rugby World Cup, Wales and Lions legend and current correspondent for The Times, Gerald Davies gives a detailed analysis of the evolution of the tournament, providing commentary, statistics and interviews with those players and coaches who have battled it out for the ultimate prize.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Rugby World Cup 2011 / Jon Richards.
“Find out everything you need to know about rugby, from the players and laws of the game to the teamwork involved in winning the ultimate tournament, the Rugby World Cup” – (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to Watch the Rugby World Cup 2011 / Spiro Zavos.
“Since the Rugby World Cup tournament began in 1987, it’s powerful players, speed-charged runs, soaring kicks, brutal scrums and controversial refereeing decisions have gripped billions of people around the world. In 2011 the tournament returns to its birthplace, New Zealand, where 20 qualifying nations will battle to win rugby’s most coveted prize.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverAli’s Utterly Unreliable Guide to the 2011 World Cup / with James Griffin.
“This book takes a light-hearted look at the All Blacks squad members, all of the countries participating and brings to light statistics that many players would have preferred never to have seen the light of day.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverRugby League Through the Decades : all the players, all the statistics– everything that’s happened in rugby league since 1907 / Ian Collis, Alan Whiticker.
“A celebration of each epoch of the game throughout Australian history. Including almost 1000 images, many never before published, rare memorabilia, season records and international details, it is completely up to the minute with chapters about recent events, new clubs and fresh controversy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRugby in Focus.
“Rubgy in Focus is a visual, historical record of the development and growth of the game, with background on more than a century of the most successful teams and the greatest matches, a players’ hall of fame, and a guide to the hallowed grounds where the game is played.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverRugby Union for Dummies / by Greg Growden.
“With the 2011 World Cup coming up fast, you need to know why a haka is not someone feeling queasy and why a goose-step is nothing to worry about! Let this second edition of RUGBY UNION FOR DUMMIES guide you past the high tackles, teach you how to spot a decoy and help you avoid a yellow card.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTitch : Sevens Is My Game : The Gordon Tietjens Story / Heather Kidd.
“Gordon Tietjens is arguably New Zealand’s most successful sporting coach of the past 25 years. He has set the standard in Sevens coaching since taking over as national coach in 1994. Tietjens has coached the NZ Sevens team to numerous IRB World Sevens Series titles and, as well, his sides have won World Championships and four Commonwealth Games gold medals under his stewardship. His story is unique in the annals of New Zealand sporting achievement.” (Global Books)

New sports and fitness books

Are you ready for the Rugby World Cup? Whether you’re excited and gearing up or just want to cover all bases with some background reading on the subject, our selection of new sports and fitness books this month includes a few titles for you (as well as our regular content!).

Syndetics book coverIRB Rugby World Cup 2011 : The Official Guide / Chris Hawkes ; foreword by Bernard Lapasset.
“The Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Guide provides excellent background information about the host nation, New Zealand, key details of the venues along with tourist highlights. It includes a must-have tournament fill-in chart, to keep fans in-tune and involved with the matches.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverHow to watch the Rugby World Cup 2011 / Spiro Zavos.
“Since the Rugby World Cup tournament began in 1987, its powerful players, speed-harged runs, soaring kicks, brutal scrums and controversial refereeing decisions have gripped billions of people around the world. In 2011, the tournament returns to its birthplace, New Zealand, where teams from 20 qualifying nations will battle to win rugby’s mo’st coveted prize. For players and coaches, this is the ultimate test. [...] Zavos also unveils the inside stories and controversies surrounding all six Rugby World Cup tournaments to date. This is a book that thrills from start to finish.” (Drawn from Fishpond)

Rugby World Cup 2011 : Official Tournament Guide / [editor, Mark Cashman].
This guide analyses all 20 teams and profiles key players.

Syndetics book coverFrom Last to First : A long-distance runner’s journey from failure to success / Charlie Spedding.
“An inspirational tale brilliantly told – of how a lad who finished last in his first race on school sports day reached the heights of the Olympic rostrum.” – Independent (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverMile Markers : The 26.2 most important reasons why women run / Kristin Armstrong.
“Built on the success of her popular blog on RunnersWorld.com, Kristin Armstrong’s new book is an intensely personal look at how running creates a special sense of community for the women who participate, and how it has helped her and many others mark the milestones of their lives.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Sweetest Thing : A boxer’s memoir / Mischa Merz.
“Mischa Merz takes a wild and unpredictable journey through the fascinating world of womens boxing in America”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverI’m Here to Win : A world champion’s advice for peak peformance / by Chris McCormack with Tim Vandehey.
“Details the motivational and practical fitness secrets of a world-class athlete. Macca shares his secrets on what it takes to be a champion – his strategies for success, training and motivation tips and his diet and exercise programs. Whether you are a weekend enthusiast, a fitness professional or a seasoned veteran who needs that extra push, Macca’s book is a unique fitness guide to inspire you to achieve your own peak performance and give you the heart to win your own race.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe Art of the Swing : Short game swing-sequencing secrets that will improve your total game in 30 days / Stan Utley with Matthew Rudy.
“In the first golf book to link to smartphone video lessons, “the hottest instructor in golf” (Sports Illustrated) delivers a thirty-day greenside clinic for revolutionizing your full swing….” Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverThe Complete Fishing Manual / Henry Gilbey.
“Explains the basics of fishing, including equipment, types of lure to use in freshwater or saltwater, different varieties of fish, and places to fish around the world.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverCaught Out : Shocking revelations for corruption in international cricket / Brian Radford ; foreword by Darrel Hair.
“International cricket is being contaminated by crooked players, ruthless gamblers and bent officials. This staggering catalogue of revelations exposes appalling scandals involving the biggest names in the sport.” (Library Catalogue)

All New Zealand Sports & Fitness

For all of you New Zealand manly blokes!

Syndetics book coverHunter / Graeme Marshall.
“Graeme Marshall has always loved to write. This, his tenth book, is devoted to his passion for hunting. He wrote his first magazine article for fledgling Rod and Rifle in 1981 and has contributed to every issue bar one since then. Whilst most of his books have revolved around trout fishing this is his fourth hunting book, including the most recent, Aerial Hunter, The Dick Deaker Story.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverSouth Island Trout Fishing Guide / John Kent ; photography by Patti Magnano Madsen.
“John Kent’s South Island Trout Fishing Guide is a comprehensive guide to the South Island’s incomparable trout fishing waters. More than 400 rivers and 150 lakes are described, along with their location, access, fishing season and appropriate techniques and flies. This book will be of special interest to anglers who enjoy the challenge of exploring and fishing new water.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverThe New Zealand tramper’s handbook : everything you need to know to stay safe and have fun / Sarah Bennett & Lee Slater.
“New Zealand has some of the most magnificent and accessible wilderness areas on earth, and exploring them on foot is both exhilarating and rewarding. The key to an enjoyable and safe outdoor adventure lies in sound preparation, and THE NEW ZEALAND TRAMPER’S HANDBOOK is an excellent starting point. Aimed at beginner trampers, it gives practical and sensible information on: clothing, footwear and equipment; maps and navigation; weather, river crossings and other challenges; safety and survival skills; camping tips and hut etiquette; the trampers’ pantry – eating well on the track; useful pre-trip checklists.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverBlue Water : Stories from a Life Afloat / Lindsay Wright.
“Blue Water is a book for all those who hear the call of the ocean and dream of whenthey can next go down to the sea.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverHooked on Hunting : Stories from the Bush / Martin Brenstrum.
“Martin Brenstrum has been exploring New Zealand’s backcountry since as far back as he can remember. In HOOKED ON HUNTING he shares a decade and a half of hunting yarns (and a few good fishing yarns along the way), from the days when you could go bush in the morning and be home in the evening with a deer cheque in your pocket and a satisfied, if knackered, grin on your face. Recalling the many friends he hunted with and the often hugely entertaining – at least in the telling – experiences they had in all weathers, in all conditions, but invariably with equal doses of enthusiasm and determination, Brenstrum also shares his keen knowledge of their quarry, the surrounds and the skills needed to be successful in the rough terrain they traversed. Thoroughly engaging reading, this is not a book just for hunters but for anyone who enjoys a good yarn.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFishing New Zealand : Over 1000 Fishing & Diving Spots / [edited by] Mark Draper, Tony and Jenny Enderby.
Book includes
- North Cape to Stewart Island boat fishing & diving spots
- shore fishing & fresh water spots
- marine charts & topographic maps
- GPS marks, target species, best conditions & expert tips.

Syndetics book coverThe New Zealand Pig Hunter’s Handbook : and Resource Guide / Paul Askin.
“At last a book that covers all aspects of pig hunting in New Zealand, practical information based on experience, written by a skilled and knowledgeable hunter. It covers everything an aspiring hunter needs to know and a lot of information an experienced hunter can learn from.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverFly Fishing in New Zealand Lakes / John Kent & David Hallett.
“New Zealand has a worldwide reputation as a fly fisher’s paradise. Renowned author and trout-fishing specialist John Kent has selected 20 of the very best lakes, covering both the North and South islands, and presents here, complete with stunning photography by David Hallett, a complete guide to New Zealand’s premier fly fishing spots.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverSoft Plastic Bait Fishing in New Zealand / John Eichelsheim.
“Fishing with soft plastics has continued to grow in New Zealand. The baits continue to catch more fish. John Eichelsheim has returned to the file to update and revise the text with new develolpments in the soft bait revolution. John is perfectly placed as a freelance writer for a number of fishing and boating magazines – and a keen fisherman – to be able to access key information related to soft baits.” (Global Books)


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