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.
Britain's Lost Cricket Festivals
The Idyllic Club Grounds that Will Never Again Host the World's Best Players
In 1961 there were 64 'outgrounds' where county cricket teams brought the professional game to the people on park pitches and school fields. By 2001 the number had dwindled to 16 and continues to fall. This book recalls the venues that once hosted the traditional cricket festivals around the country, where marquees and temporary structures would accommodate the players and spectators and international stars could be seen close-up at Blackpool, Scarborough or Weston-super-Mare.
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.
From the Boundary's Edge
As David Lloyd writes in the foreword to this volume, ‘in a fast paced, ever-changing world, cricket is a cultural anchor, comfort and joy’. In these evocative photographs, the award-winning sports photographer Laurence Griffiths looks beyond the professional game to capture amateurs and enthusiasts giving it their all on village greens, aristocratic lawns, club grounds, in front of castles and on the beaches.
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.
Another Journey Through the Links
British linksland is the original terrain of golf and still the chief asset of some of the game's most spectacular and challenging courses. This book is based on the author's tour of all the major links courses of Great Britain and Ireland, from the ancient Old Course of St Andrews to the recently built Old Head on the cliff-tops of County Cork. Each of 165 courses is appraised and illustrated in over 500 colour photographs.
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.
The Promise of Endless Summer
Cricket Lives from the Daily Telegraph
It is striking that the passing of a prominent cricketer, Denis Compton, in 1997 was a significant enough event for the Prime Minister John Major to write a tribute for the Daily Telegraph. This book includes a collection of such testimonials to the heroes of the wicket from Bradman and Hutton to Trueman and Greig, written by an equally august cast of writers including EW Swanton and Christopher Martin-Jenkins.
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.
Wisden Cricketers of the Year
A Celebration of Cricket's Greatest Players
Since 1889 Wisden has selected five players in its annual publication as 'Cricketers of the Year'. Players are never chosen twice so the list stands as a roll call of the very finest, as well as highlighting notable performers at levels beneath the international and test arenas. Wilde's book celebrates all 570 recipients (up to 2013), explains why they were chosen and summarizes their full sporting career, and features tables of statistics and a wealth of archive photos. Silk marker. Off-mint.
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 Art of the Race
Magnificent horses, famous jockeys, wealthy owners and punters from all walks of life combine to make horse-racing a compelling spectacle. With access to many of the key figures in the sport, this book captures the world of racing in a series of atmospheric black-and-white photographs examining every aspect from the stud farm and the trainer's yard to the bustle of the racetrack, the tension of the jockey's room and the triumph of the winner's circle.
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 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 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 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.