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.
A 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)
A 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)
Slaying 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)
A 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.
My 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)
Running 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)
Into 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)
The 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)
Dance 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)
Engage : 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)