Waterstones has drawn up its top ten Christmas gifts for sports fans – and to celebrate the festive season it is are giving readers of The Press the chance to win a £100 gift voucher.
After such a spectacular sporting summer, it is no surprise that Waterstones’ top ten sporting Christmas gifts includes a triumphant trio of books from Olympic stars.
London 2012 gold medal winners Jessica Ennis, Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton have all produced compelling and emotional accounts of their glittering careers, each providing a real insight into what it takes to be the best.
For football fans there’s much to enjoy, including Be Careful What You Wish For, Simon Jordan’s cautionary tale of the perils of owning your own football club, while The Secret Footballer lifts the lid on the beautiful game.
Winner of this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, the controversial The Secret Race from cyclist Tyler Hamilton is a must-read for all fans of the sport, as he gives his explosive account of the doping system in Lance Armstrong’s US Postal team.
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WATERSTONES’ top ten Christmas gifts for sports fans
The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton (Bantam £18.99)
On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner in Boulder, Colorado. Tyler finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong’s team-mate on US Postal, his decade spent running from the truth. The result of this is The Secret Race, a book that takes us into the secret world of professional cycling like never before.
Unbelievable by Jessica Ennis (Hodder £20)
On August 4, 2012, Jessica Ennis kicked off what some described as the greatest night in British sporting history. For her it was the end of a long, winding, and sometimes harrowing road. Unbelievable is a refreshingly candid account of Ennis’ rise to fame. This is the story of how the girl next door became London’s poster girl, and how an ordinary woman used an extraordinary talent to claim the title of the world’s greatest all-round female athletics star.
Fibber In The Heat by Miles Jupp (Ebury £11.99)
Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps bluffing his way into the press corps during England’s Test series in India wasn’t his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Struggling in the heat under the burden of his own fibs, reality soon catches up with Miles as he bumbles from one disaster to the next.
My Time by Bradley Wiggins (Yellow Jersey £20)
On July 22, 2012, Bradley Wiggins became the first British man ever to win the Tour de France. In an instant ‘Wiggo’ became a national hero. Ten days later, having swapped his yellow jersey for the colours of Team GB, he won Olympic gold in the time trial, adding to his previous six medals to become the nation’s most decorated Olympian of all time. Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion.
Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan (Yellow Jersey £18.99)
Ever dreamed of owning the football club you supported as a child? Simon Jordan grew up a stone’s throw from Crystal Palace Football Club. As a boy he used to break into the Palace ground for a kick-about on the hallowed turf. On leaving school he entered the mobile phone business. By the age of 32, he’d built a company from nothing, sold it for £75 million and bought his childhood club. By the age of 42 Palace were in administration and Jordan had lost nigh on everything. Breathtakingly honest, highly controversial, humorous and full of jaw-dropping anecdotes, Be Careful What You Wish For is far more than a football book.
Between The Lines by Victoria Pendleton (HarperSport £20)
Victoria Pendleton is not your typical female athlete. Admired as much by the weekly glossies as she is the newspaper back pages, she transcends her sport. Arriving in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, Pendleton was soon on top of the world after taking gold. And then it started to go wrong. Feted by the press and the public alike, behind the scenes the cracks and strains started to show.
An Open Book by Darren Clarke (Hodder & Stoughton £20)
A golfer loved for his courage and charisma, Darren Clarke has the crowds behind him. They know he is a warm, funny raconteur who likes a Guinness, who both works hard and plays hard. More important, they know that this man pulled himself up by his bootstraps, having lost his wife, Heather, to cancer, to triumph at the 2006 Ryder Cup. In An Open Book, he speaks candidly about fellow players and coaches.
I Am The Secret Footballer (Guardian £12.99)
Who is The Secret Footballer? His identity is jealously guarded by just a handful of people. But whoever he is – and whoever he plays for – he is always honest, always fearless and always opinionated. This genuine story of one player’s career is a unique combination of considered analysis, tell-all gossip and the joys and frustrations that only someone who plays the game at the highest levels can really feel. The Secret Footballer reveals everything you need to know about the beautiful (and not so beautiful) game.
The Inside Track by Jake Humphrey (Simon & Schuster £18.99)
Jake Humphrey has one of the best jobs in the world. Flying around the globe presenting Formula One to six million people is not a bad occupation. And there is plenty that the viewer doesn’t get to see. Travelling around in the F1 bubble, Humphrey brings you close to the action. With his unique access to the key characters in the sport, he reveals a side of figures such as Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton rarely seen before, as well as showing what it is like to work with F1 legends David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan.
A History Of Football In 100 Objects by Bill Mann and Gavin Mortimer (Profile £9.99)
What does a grapefruit have in common with a pair of £500 sunglasses? They’ve both played a pivotal role in football history. Following on from Neil MacGregor’s groundbreaking The History Of The World In 100 Objects, Bill Mann provides a quirky and unique take on the beautiful game told through its defining objects. It begins on the momentous day in October 1863 when several men in frock coats formed the Football Association.
• All books are available from local Waterstones bookshops and online at www.waterstones.com