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.
Second 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)
Mankind / 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)
Benji 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)
Luminous : 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.
The 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)
Bike 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)
Wind 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)