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The Hardmen: Legends of the Cycling Gods By Frank Strack

Release date: 11th June, 2017
Publisher: Pursuit Books

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The Hardmen is certainly a book for cycling aficionados, although anyone wanting to know what all the fuss is about as preparations for the Tour de France begin, could devour its bite-sized tales and understand why the sport’s appeal remains sky-high. (read review)

The Descent By Thomas Dekker

Release date: 07th July, 2017
Publisher: Ebury Press

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The Descent is a sports book with a difference. It’s not often that prior to its official launch, an author says he doesn’t care whether his book sells a single copy (his publishers may feel otherwise), but former professional cyclist Thomas Dekker clearly isn’t particularly fussed: “I just felt that I needed to write this story down,” he told one interviewer by way of cathartic justification. (read review)

The Fall of the House of FIFA By David Conn

Release date: 07th July, 2017
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press

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Like The Beautiful Game?, which shone a bright spotlight on domestic football’s darkest corners, revealing a distasteful capacity to attract kleptomaniacal club chairmen and administrators for whom greed and incompetence were a way of life, The Fall of the House of FIFA does an equally impressive job on a global level. (read review)

Gentleman and Player The Story of Colin Cowdrey, Cricket’s Most Elegant and Charming Batsman By Andrew Murtagh

Release date: 20th July, 2017
Publisher: Pitch Publishing

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According to former county cricketer and author Andrew Murtagh, a batsman has around 0.4 of a second to react to a bowler’s extra-fast delivery, ie one that exceeds 90mph. It’s difficult to imagine how it feels to face such a lightning-fast ball careering its way like a missile towards your head, especially in the pre-protective helmet era, yet as Murtagh points out, Colin Cowdrey, a man with 114 Test caps, more than 7,000 Test runs and 100 first-class centuries to his credit “knew how to survive and flourish against the very fastest.” (read review)

The Premier League: 25 Years By Lloyd Pettiford

Release date: 10th August, 2017
Publisher: Urbane Publications

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If you believe that top-flight professional football has steadily distanced itself from the ‘ordinary fan’ (it was never particularly close in 1992) over the past 25 years, then this is the celebratory page-turner for you. (read review)

Johnny Haynes Portrait of a Football Genius By James Gardner

Release date: 11th August, 2017
Publisher: Pitch Publishing

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James Gardner was taken to his first Fulham game at the age of seven and fell in love. That love has clearly deepened over the intervening half century as this first full-length biography of a man who was not only an outstanding footballer but the first Englishman to earn £100 a week shows. (read review)

The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football’s Super-Rich Owners By James Montague

Release date: 24th August, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport

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There was a time when football clubs were owned by a local businessman, usually one who had made his money by building and developing a nearby enterprise which generally employed large numbers of local people. (read review)

True Professional The Clive Sullivan Story By James Oddy

Release date: 01st September, 2017
Publisher: Pitch Publishing

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Clive Sullivan was born in Splott, a respectable working class area of Cardiff, similar in demographic make-up to that of many northern towns and cities where he would eventually make his living, not as though the 13-man version of rugby was readily embraced deep in the heart of 15-man territory. Oddy weaves an engaging history of rugby league with that of Clive Sullivan’s remarkable sporting career, dovetailing these two strands of his tale with biography and interviews. He is right to suggest that “Sullivan’s career is a microcosm of rugby league.” (read review)

Crazy: My Road to Redemption By Chris Lewis

Release date: 01st September, 2017
Publisher: The History Press

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Crazy is a world away from what might be called the ‘standard’ sporting biography, a fascinating mixture of heady success, a remarkable fall from grace and, hopefully for Chris Lewis, redemption. (read review)

Fearless Freddie The Life and Times of Freddie Mills By Christopher Evans

Release date: 16th September, 2017
Publisher: Pitch Publishing

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We have a copy of FEARLESS FREDDIE to give away. To win this prize, simply answer the following question: In which city were the notorious Kray twin born? Send your answer to comps@sportsbookofthemonth.com no later than 27th September 2017 (read review)



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SBOTM Current Top 10

The Hardmen: Legends of the Cycling Gods By Frank Strack
Pursuit Books
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The Descent By Thomas Dekker
Ebury Press
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The Fall of the House of FIFA By David Conn
Yellow Jersey Press
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Gentleman and Player The Story of Colin Cowdrey, Cricket’s Most Elegant and Charming Batsman By Andrew Murtagh
Pitch Publishing
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The Premier League: 25 Years By Lloyd Pettiford
Urbane Publications
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Johnny Haynes Portrait of a Football Genius By James Gardner
Pitch Publishing
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The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football’s Super-Rich Owners By James Montague
Bloomsbury Sport
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True Professional The Clive Sullivan Story By James Oddy
Pitch Publishing
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Crazy: My Road to Redemption By Chris Lewis
The History Press
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Fearless Freddie The Life and Times of Freddie Mills By Christopher Evans
Pitch Publishing
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