Apart form its current publications, John Blake Publishing has a sizeable back list of acclaimed sporting titles. These include biographies of stars such as Roger Federer, WG Grace, Fernando Torres and Frankie Dettori. For more information, visit www.blake.co.uk
The very latest review of our most popular sports book
appears here. Read and save
money! This month:
Release date: 26th September, 2013 Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press
List Price:£18.99 Our Price: £12.72 You Save: £6.27 (33%)
We’ve reached a time of the year when publishers’ offices turn into frenetic places as firms become desperate to ensure their books are prominent during the industry’s busiest sales period.
More sports books are sold in December than any other month, so over the next two weeks, we’ve selected what we believe to be the year’s best of breed.
Football books do not feature quite as prominently as in earlier years, but perhaps the best is Sid Lowe’s Fear and Loathing in La Liga, a truly outstanding account of an intense football rivalry which exists between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Release date: 02nd February, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster
List Price:£8.99 Our Price: £6.29 You Save: £2.7 (30%)
James Leighton’s biography of Duncan Edwards should not be dismissed as being aimed solely at Manchester United supporters this Christmas. Irrespective of what club you support, this is an outstanding story of a truly brilliant player.
Thankfully, Leighton also dispels the notion that top-flight football was only invented in 1992.
“While I felt that players from the 1950s would struggle in the modern game,” he writes, “I realised it would probably be the other way around. How would today’s pampered, richly rewarded superstars react to two years National Service in the middle of their careers? Would they be happy to play for a few pounds a week? Would they look as quick and skilful after playing more than 90 matches a season, on poor pitches, with a heavy ball and ankle-high boots?” The answer, of course, is a resounding ‘no’.
Release date: 13th February, 2006 Publisher: John Blake Publishing
List Price:£7.99 Our Price: £5.00 You Save: £2.99 (37%)
This latest addition to the burgeoning poker library claims to "hold the key to financial success" at poker and while every new book has to try and sell itself, it's fair to say that while it provides general advice, it's not entirely comprehensive... All the same, this book offers some handy hints to those who fancy taking their chances at online poker during the festive season's 'downtime'. After all, how many times have you already seen 'Jason & the Argonauts'? (read review)
List Price:£16.99 Our Price: £9.78 You Save: £7.21 (42%)
Our first Christmas giveaway is Charley Wegelius’s outstanding memoir. Wegelius was never a household name; instead, he was one of those crucial cycling team members without whom the superstars are unable to perform to their maximum ability. Domestique: The Real Life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro is a wonderful account of life as a cycling foot soldier.
To win a copy of DOMESTIQUE, simply answer the following question:
In which country does the 2014 Tour de France commence?
Send your answer to email@example.com no later than 15 December 2013. Good luck!
Enter our competition and win one of our fantastic sports books.
Sports book of the Year
You’ve probably heard about the title that won
this award, but how about the other five nominees? They’re
all a good read and they’re all here.
Every single book is available at less than the publisher’s
All time greats
It may seem as though sports books are a new phenomenon
or limited solely to autobiographies, but this is not
the case. There have been a number of classic sports titles
over the years, a selection of which we have chosen here.
The top 10
This list is regularly updated, designed to save you
time and money visiting the High Street to try and find
which sports books are currently in the top 10. A mug’s
game – read about them here
and save up to 50% on the cover price!
Add a sports book review to your newspaper or magazine
The dramatic increase in the number of sports-related books being published over the past decade means that sports fans are continually searching for independent assessments of content before buying.
The benefits to a newspaper or magazine of incorporating a regular column which reviews the current crop of sports books are severalfold and, depending upon how it is promoted, can have a positive impact upon circulation. Read more...