The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine
Born in rural Trinidad in 1901, Learie Constantine was a dynamic all-rounder who helped to define the exuberant, aggressive style of West Indian cricket in the 1930s and was one of the first black cricketers to play in the English leagues. This biography tells the story of his remarkable achievements which, in later life, saw him winning a landmark discrimination case in London, qualifying as a barrister, and becoming a politician, statesman and peer.
For the Glory
Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr
The world's best sprinter at the 1924 Olympics, Eric Liddell (1902–1945), proved his unshakeable commitment to his faith when he refused to compete in the 100m on a Sunday, winning instead the 400m on a weekday. This biography of the athlete portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire describes his remarkable sporting career and his inspirational later work as a missionary in China, where he remained in testing conditions during the war until his death in a Japanese internment camp. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Once the all-conquering bad boy of tennis, John McEnroe is increasingly better known for his insightful commentaries and opinions on the game. In this memoir he reflects on his playing years but also on his life since, developing new careers in broadcasting and art dealing, and bringing up a large family. Still competing in senior tournaments and recently coach to Milos Raonic, he also has plenty to say on the state of modern tennis.
The Life and Times of the Cricket Bat Willow
Cricket bats are made from the salix alba caerulea tree, a fast-growing, straight-stemmed variety of willow that produces a particularly suitable lightweight wood. Considered the foremost authority on the subject, willow producer Doug Watling sets out his knowledge of growing and selecting the best-quality cricket-bat willow, from the propagation and selection of trees to tips on how to choose a good bat.
An Evening with Johnners
In the 1990s the irrepressible Brian Johnston treated theatre audiences to anecdotes about his long career in broadcasting and in particular his much-loved cricket commentaries. This new edition of the collected stories from the shows, first published in 1996, contains new illustrations and all the celebrated raconteur's tales of his early years at Eton and Oxford and in the Grenadier Guards, as well as his 50 years with the BBC.
The Strangers Who Came Home
The First Australian Cricket Tour of England
The review of the 1878 season in Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual admitted that 'the idea of a visit from an Australian team...was at first treated as something of a joke' but the success of the tour did much to spark the international rivalry. Including a victory over the MCC at Lord's and controversy and skulduggery involving WG Grace, this book chronicles the adventures of the first representative Australian touring team.
The Daily Telegraph Book of Cricket
The first edition of the Daily Telegraph in 1855 carried a report of a cricket match and the paper has published the thoughts of leading players and correspondents ever since. Including articles by celebrated writers such as EW Swanton, this collection of cricket journalism reveals contemporary reactions to triumphs, capitulations and controversies from the Bodyline Series and the Packer Circus to the feats of Grace, Bradman, Botham and Warne.
A Social and Economic History of Horse Racing
Before Sandown Park was enclosed and required everyone to pay to enter in 1875, race meetings had been open to spectators, charging only those who sat in the stands or viewed from private carriages. This history of horse-racing, first published in 1976, traces the origins and development of flat racing in Britain and examines its social and economic impact as an ever more professional sport, a spectator attraction and the heart of the gambling industry.
The Heroes and Hellraisers that Made Road Cycling
Despite tacks and broken glass spread on the road, fans attempting to impede competitors and cyclists drafting behind cars, the inaugural Tour de France was won in 1903 by Maurice Garin, with his and the race's success helping to establish the popularity of the sport. This illustrated history of road cycling tells the story through key personalities, from the early two-wheel pioneers to legends such as Merckx and Hinault and the stars of today.
The Last Lama Warrior
The Secret Martial Art of Tibet
Originating with Tibetan warrior monks in the 15th century, the secrets of Sengueï Ngaro ('the lion's roar') were traditionally conveyed only in secrecy to a chosen few in the Kham region of Tibet. In this book the current guardian of the teaching explains the martial art, which combines bodily defence with advanced meditation, and describes its series of movements and techniques inspired by animal behaviour.
The History of Guards Polo Club 1955–2005
The Guards Polo Club regularly plays host to the game's greatest players and welcomes prominent royal participants as well as spectators to the Smith's Lawn venue in Windsor Great Park. With many photographs of major events, such as the prestigious International Day, this celebratory volume charts the history of the club from its foundation in 1955 up to 2005, and includes profiles of players and club officers. Slipcased.
World Encyclopaedia of Racing Drivers
The Definitive Reference to the Lives and Achievements of 2,500 International Racing Drivers
Covering winners, losers, has-beens and hopefuls in a great range of races and championships, from Grand Prix to stock car racing, this is the definitive reference to the lives and achievements of some 2,500 international racing drivers. Arranged alphabetically, from Rauno Aaltonen (a rare cross-over from rallying to racing) to the 2005 Formula Atlantic winner, Charles Zwolsman Jr, the Encyclopaedia lists each driver’s principal race wins and gives a concise account of his or her life and career. Slipcased.
Formula One and Beyond
Being the son of Oswald Mosley and Diana Mitford perhaps persuaded Max Mosley to steer clear of politics. He rose to prominence instead through motor racing, first as a driver and team owner and then as an administrator, revolutionizing Formula One alongside Bernie Ecclestone. As well as his unusual childhood and life in F1, this autobiography also deals with his campaigning against media intrusion following a 2008 sex scandal.
Skills – Training – Techniques
The most compelling and the most frustrating of pastimes, golf has more variable and complex rules and equipment than most sports and probably rewards knowledge of technique and tactics more than any. This extensively illustrated book provides sensible advice on all aspects of the game, from how to play specific shots and effective fitness and practice routines to taking a positive mental approach onto the course.
Crystal Palace Speedway
A History of the Glaziers
Having witnessed short-track motorcycle racing in Australia in the 1920s, two entrepreneurs brought the spectacle to London, building a track in Crystal Palace Park. This book tells the history of the early years of British speedway and the Crystal Palace Glaziers team, who raced at the circuit in the late 1920s and 1930s, and explains how poor management led to the closure of the track before the post-war speedway boom.
Thomas J Lipton's America's Cup Campaigns
The Saga of One Man's Three-Decade Obsession with Winning the America's Cup
Having built up his grocery empire and established his famous tea brand, Thomas Lipton used his wealth to enter a yacht for the America's Cup in 1899. This book tells the story of his subsequent obsession, challenging on five more occasions over the next three decades. Drawing on contemporary accounts and newspaper reports, the book includes a summary of the early years of the race and reviews the developments in yacht design up to and during the Lipton challenges.
The International Tennis Federation
A Century of Contribution to Tennis
Inspired by earlier racquet games, lawn tennis was devised in the 1870s; it quickly became established around the world with prestigious championships and competitions and the formation of the International Lawn Tennis Federation in 1913. This illustrated history celebrates the Federation’s role in the development of the sport, standardizing the rules of the early game, popularizing it beyond its original heartlands (the ‘Lawn’ was dropped in 1977) and evolving tennis at the elite level from amateur beginnings to today’s professional sport.
Wisden on Grace
In 1864, shortly after retiring from professional cricket, John Wisden published the inaugural volume of the famous Almanack that still bears his name; coincidentally, the same year saw WG Grace (1848–1915) first make his mark, with an innings of 170 for South Wales. This volume comprises notable scorecards from WG's long career and a selection of contemporary Wisden articles about the man whom it called 'the greatest of the world's cricketers'.
The Roar of the Crowd
A Sporting Anthology
The anonymous 16th-century ode The Bewties of the Fute-ball gives us some insight into the early game, and Dickens's description of Epsom Downs Racecourse brings the bustle and excitement of Derby Day in the 1850s vividly to life. This literary collection selects the responses of celebrated writers, including PG Wodehouse, Walter Scott, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Lessing, to sports as diverse as cricket, boxing and fishing
Floodlights and Touchlines
A History of Spectator Sport
The codification of field games, the setting up of leagues and the desire to bet on the outcome of matches all contributed to the growth of spectator sport; professionalism and big business followed close behind. From ancient chariot races and boxing matches, this much-acclaimed study explores the history of games as entertainment, the politics and governance of modern sport, and the factors that draw so many of us into the drama.
Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend
The 1926 Open Championship at Royal Lytham St Annes was the first major British victory for the amateur Bobby Jones (1902–1971), thanks to a remarkable recovery shot on the 17th hole of the final round. This book explores the sporting life and legacy of one of the greats of the game through this pivotal championship and Jones's tussle over the Lancashire links with fellow Americans Walter Hagen and Al Watrous. Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.
In the Steps of a Legend
WG Grace earned a reputation for gamesmanship through his cricketing career, and his competitive attitude and ability to make money from the game set a pattern for sporting stars of the modern era. This tribute takes the form of a pilgrimage to locations important in WG's life, from his home village of Downend, near Bristol, to tours of North America and Australia; final years playing for London County at Crystal Palace; and Lord's, where the Grace Gates commemorate his achievements.
Out of the Shadows
Motor racing track marshal at weekends and keen amateur photographer, Roger Lane attended the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix and his images earned him a commission from Agfa to record the colour and atmosphere of international motor racing. These never-before-published photographs show the paddock and trackside scene at Formula 1, sports and saloon car events in the late 1960s, including behind-the-scenes pictures of teams and drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt.
Closer to the Action in the 80s and 90s
Bryan Apps has been observing the motor racing scene since the 1950s and through his friendship with team owner Ken Tyrrell was invited into the pits and paddock of every British Grand Prix between 1985 and 1997. This portfolio of his photographs of those events presents an access-all-areas view of the cars, drivers, mechanics and team managers during a period that saw British wins for Mansell, Herbert and Hill, and all-time greats such as Senna, Prost and Schumacher locking horns.
Female Racing Drivers 1888–1970
This coffee-table book presents more than 40 portraits of women who competed in speed-record events, rallies and Grand Prix races, shedding new light on an often-overlooked aspect of the history of motor racing. Organized chronologically, with brief introductions to each era, the profiles are full of character and detail, and are accompanied by hundreds of archive photos including publicity stills, car close-ups, track-side shots, logbooks, programmes and pictures of drivers with their hair down, sometimes literally.
Trick Riding for Amateurs
With the aid of a collection of instructional photographs of soberly dressed Edwardian gentleman and lady cyclists, this book demonstrates a series of stunts of varying difficulty, from a stationary balance to riding backwards seated on the handlebars. An amusing curiosity for today's army of cycling enthusiasts, the book is a facsimile edition of a volume first published in 1901.
Celtic changed from vertical green stripes to the famous hoops in the early years of the 20th century, and the distinctive jersey has since been worn by many of the greatest names in Scottish football. This book collects the official team photos from the first season of 1888 to the 2006-7 season as well as player portraits of legends such as Jock Stein and Bobby Murdoch. Changing Faces series.
Glasgow Rangers was founded in 1872, but the earliest team photograph known to exist dates from 1877 when they reached the Scottish Cup Final. This volume contains 102 First Team group photographs as well as profile pictures of individual players, charting Rangers from its earliest days to the star-studded teams of the 1990s and the representatives of the bankrupt and demoted club of 2011-12. Changing Faces series.
Midget Car Racing
Belle Vue Speedway 1934–39
Bringing motor racing within the reach of modest budgets, midget car meetings were a popular attraction on British speedway dirt tracks in the 1930s. Although a short-lived craze, in its heyday some events attracted over 60,000 people. This chronicle of an all but forgotten branch of British motorsport focuses on Manchester's Belle Vue Speedway and includes period photographs of the cars and drivers and contemporary publicity material.
Infographic Guide to Sports
Serena Williams may be all conquering in women's tennis but as one of the colourful graphics in this book points out, she has not yet managed to surpass Monica Seles in the volume of her grunting. This entertaining volume presents 80 amusing artworks analysing aspects of different sports, from a diagrammatic plan of the Ali shuffle to the 35 designs of Olympic torch between Berlin 1936 and Sochi 2012.
The Story of Golf in Fifty Holes
The story of golf began with wind and sheep sculpting the links of St Andrews, but from the mid 19th century in Scotland and from the turn of the century in America and elsewhere, new courses were built and leading golfers contested important events at them. From Muirfield and Merion to the TPC Sawgrass, this book describes the development of the game by exploring 50 famous holes and reviewing the notable sporting moments they hosted.
The Complete Rugby Union Compendium
International rugby matches were first played among the British 'home' countries in the 1870s, and by the end of the century British teams were visiting Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, who soon proved more than a match. This reference book records all the results of the major and minor rugby-playing nations up to 2015 as well as head-to-head tables for each country and rugby trivia.
The British Olympics
Britain's Olympic Heritage 1612–2012
Before 2012, the Olympic Games had twice been held in London, but sporting festivals in Britain date back centuries earlier – events that encouraged and inspired the foundation of the modern Olympics. This book explores the Much Wenlock and Cotswold Games and other early incarnations, as well as the 1904 and 1948 Games, and the Stoke Mandeville Games, the forerunner of the Paralympic Games.
Autocourse 60 Years of World Championship Grand Prix Motor Racing
The powerful engines of the Italian and German teams dominated the early years of the Formula 1 World Championship before British challengers began to emerge in the 1960s and 1970s with innovative chassis designs and performance-enhancing aerodynamics. This highly illustrated volume charts the whole history of the championship from its pre-war precursors and daredevil early racers such as Fangio, Moss and Clark to the developments, teams and star drivers of the ultra-professional, high-tech modern sport.
Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500
The unsatisfactory crushed rock surface of the original Indianapolis Motor Speedway was replaced in 1909 with over three million bricks, providing a state-of-the-art track for the first '500' of 1911. This history of the most famous motor race in the world reveals how 'the Brickyard' was built and developed and recalls the landmark moments of its premier event, from the pre-war daredevils and the British champions of the 1960s to the technical changes and political difficulties of recent decades.
McLaren: 50 years of Racing
50 Years of Racing
The official history of McLaren, lavishly illustrated with historical and previously unpublished archive photographs, this book chronicles the highs and lows of 50 years of intense competition in Formula 1 motor racing. As well as the cars, it profiles the engineers and the drivers, from Bruce McLaren, the team's brilliant founder, through Emmerson Fittipaldi's early victories, the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen to Lewis Hamilton.
Classic Images: Feet Up in the Fifties
Motorcycle trialling had fully matured by the 1950s from simple reliability tests into a popular participation and spectator sport with specialized vehicles. The bikes of choice for the top riders during this golden age were powerful four-strokes from manufacturers such as BSA, Norton, Triumph and Matchless, and this book curates a selection of atmospheric, pin-sharp images from the glass-plate photo archive of Mortons Motorcycle Media showing riders at all levels of competition.
Tom Morris of St Andrews
The Colossus of Golf
As well as being a great golfer (his 13-stroke victory in the 1872 Open remains the largest winning margin), Tom Morris (1821-1908) was the first golf professional, the first to design and build a golf course (Prestwick) from scratch, and his development of the Old Course at St Andrews made it the most famous golfing arena in the world. His biography tells the story of how one man presided over the greatest period in the development of the sport.
The Horse, the Man and the Carriage from 1700 up to the Present Day
The art of driving horse-drawn vehicles gradually developed from the 16th century to reach its peak in elegance and sophistication at the end of the 19th century. Well-turned-out and well-handled horses were to be envied and admired, as were beautiful carriages and the fashionable ladies and gentlemen who rode in them. This highly illustrated volume explores the history and evolution of driving horses and explains the complexities of harnessing arrangements, carriage design and driving techniques.
Graham Hill Scrapbook
Lavishly produced, including hundreds of colour photographs and reproductions of original programme covers, newspaper clippings and ticket stubs, the Original Scrapbooks series is a celebration of motoring history. This volume is the first of a two-parter telling the story of renowned speed freak Graham Hill (1929-1975), who remains the only racing driver to have won the triple crown of the World Championship, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24-Hour race. The book ends in 1966, with Hill having accomplished the second of these famous victories.
A History in Ten Matches
From the flowering of Ferguson's Manchester United in the early 1990s to the last-gasp championship won by their now astronomically well-funded rivals, Manchester City, in 2012, this book charts the rise of the Premier League through ten milestone matches. Slightly off-mint.