Author Archives: Kirsty

The Pain Free Cyclist

Maybe you’ve been watching the Tour and feeling inspired to get out on your bike again after a crash? Or maybe you were in the Tour and had to abandon due to injury? (Fabian, Tony, Simon, et al. – we wish you speedy recoveries.)

Well, The Pain Free Cyclist: Conquer Injury and Find Cycling Nirvana is the book for you.

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If you’re going to buy one cycling book this summer…

Written by the awesome duo of Team Chiropractor and Nutritional Strategist for Team Cannondale-Garmin, Matt Rabin and Robert Hicks, Health and Fitness Deputy Editor of Cycling Weekly, this is the ultimate guide for all cyclists on all things cycling health-related. The book takes you through the most common cycling injuries, let you know what exactly they are, why you get them and what you can do to get rid of them and get you back on the bike pain free.

And if you don’t believe me, why not listen to the cycling legend that is Sir Bradley Wiggins:

If you do need to seek help, for me it’s about trusting that the person you are seeing can help you, going with this approach has always worked for me. I believe in this book, and you’ll find out the best ways to deal with injury and the bad pain you can have on your bike. By reading this book you will be able to short cut some of the information it has taken me years and a career as a pro-cyclist to find out. Feeling strong on the bike and riding pain-free regardless of your level, from amateur to pro, is what we’re all looking for. This book will help you to beat your injuries and prevent them returning, allowing you to slot back into riding your bike as the pain-free cyclist.
See you out on the road,
Brad

Save a 1/3 off Cycling Books

Save, save, save!

It may be the first rest day of the Tour, but there’s no time to waste – Grab yourself a bargain with our summer cycling offer!!

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Click on the picture above to see our fantastic offer.

British Sports Book Awards – shortlist announced

Bloomsbury are pleased to announce that they have four titles in the shortlist for the Cross British Sports Books Awards this year.

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Alone: Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry by Bill Jones (Biography of the Year and Outstanding Sports Writing)

31-0 by James Montague (Football Book of the Year)

10 for 10: Hedley Verity and the Story of Cricket’s Greatest Bowling Feat by Chris Waters (Cricket Book of the Year)

Wisden on the Great War by A Renshaw (Cricket Book of the Year)

The Cross British Sports Book Awards takes place on 3rd June at Lords Cricket Ground and will be broadcast on SkySports.

Click here for more information: http://www.britishsportsbookawards.co.uk/2015/04/shortlists-announced-for-cross-british-sports-book-awards/

Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running

Welcome to my guide to running. Whether you want to learn how to get started or – like me – you’re always looking for tips on how to get faster, I hope my book helps you achieve your goals.

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Running is my passion, it’s more than just a hobby. As a busy mum of two, it’s my stress relief and my favourite way to unwind. I’ve always loved the feeling exercise gives me. It makes me feel alive, energised and more confident. It also means I enjoy my food more and I don’t feel guilty about having treats like chocolate!

London Marathon 2012
London Marathon 2012

Exercise has become a way of life for me and I couldn’t live without it. Growing up in Leeds, Yorkshire, I was always sporty. At school I was on the netball team and tried karate for a while. I loved being active and trying new things but I was never particularly good at, or interested in, running at this time. Like many people, i think not being great at running whilst at school made me reluctant to try it when I was older. So instead throughout my twenties when I was working as a model, I kept fit at the gym and did workouts like those seen on my Peak Energy fitness DVDs. I would run on the treadmill or go for the odd run around the park, but it wasn’t until I signed up for the London Marathon in 2004 that I started to take running more seriously – and I haven’t looked back. It turns out I was much better at it than I thought! I was 30 then and ran my personal best (PB) time of 2 hours 54 minutes when I was 38. I achieved all my other PBs that year too (18 minutes 43 seconds for 5k, 29 minutes and 21 seconds for 5 miles, 36 minutes and 54 seconds for 10k and 1 hour and 21 minutes for the half marathon). So it just goes to show, it’s never too late to start or to improve. I’m now in my forties and I still believe I can run faster. I love the challenge of pushing myself to see what I can do.

Anyone who already has the running bug will know how fun and addictive it can be but it’s not always easy to get started, or to stay motivated. So I hope by sharing my passion for the sport, and what I’ve learnt along the way, can give you some support, encouragement and inspiration.

Running is fun and addictive!

Running is fun and addictive!

Since June 2012, I have enjoyed writing a monthly column for Women’s Running magazine outlining how I combine motherhood and training. I’ve always wanted to write a book and I’m delighted to finally put ‘pen to paper’ after joining forces with journalist Lucy Waterlow, a fellow running devotee. Lucy has interviewed me a number of times over the years and we bonded over our love of running and racing. This illustrates something else I love about the sport – no matter what your background or ability, you can always make friends through running. I love hearing about other people’s running experiences which is why I’ve included stories from Lucy and a number of runners in the book, alongside my own experiences and tips. I have been privileged to meet some of the best athletes, coaches, personal trainers and physiotherapists through keeping fit over the years and I have included some of their expertise here too. 

So what else can you expect from my guide to running? Well, in the first chapter, you’ll find advice on how you can get started and a 5k training plan for beginners. You don’t have to jump in the deep end and run a marathon straight away. There are plenty of 5k and 10k races on offer around the country every weekend so why not target one of those to get you going. The second chapter is all about how to add variety to your training to keep you interested, and how to get fitter and faster. There’s information on the variety of races you can do, and how to prepare for your perfect race and run a PB.

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I hope this book will encourage even more people to run regularly.

Dealing with an injury can sometimes be part of running so I’ve included a chapter with advice on how to avoid injury and how to deal with it should something happen. I love my food and aim to eat healthily as I’m aware how important nutrition is to running well. So information on the best foods to complement your training, along with an insight into my daily diet, is provided in the Food For Fuel chapter.  Then there’s a whole section Just For Women, covering topics such as dealing with your time of the month, how to keep running while pregnant (should you want to) and how to ease back into exercise safely after having a baby. Men are of course still welcome to read this section – it might help you understand what we’re going through!

Finally, if it’s the marathon you’re targeting, then chapter six is for you. There’s information on taking on the challenge of 26.2 miles, with race day tips and how I managed to achieve my aim of running a sub-three hour time. There’s also a number of inspirational stories from a variety of runners who explain what tackling the long distance meant for them. At the end of the book, you’ll find a pace chart and various training schedules for beginners to more experienced runners.
The running community is growing rapidly and I hope this book will encourage even more people to become part of it by running regularly. No matter what your age, background, gender or ability, running can be enjoyed by all.

Nell McAndrew

Bloomsbury Christmas Sale

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Wondering what to get your friends and family for Christmas? Who doesn’t love a gift of a book?!

Click on the picture above to discover a world of beautiful books. And if sports just your thing, click here to browse our sports pages.

But remember this offer is available for two weeks only.

The Cycle Show 2014

The inimitable Jens Voigt #shutuplegs

The inimitable Jens Voigt
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We had a fantastic time at the Cycle Show 2014 at the NEC last month, even catching a glimpse of our favourite German pro-cyclist, the legendary Jens Voigt, fresh from setting the new Hour record. Here’s one of the less blurry snaps we got of him signing autographs on the Trek stand …

 Just a reminder to all those cyclists we met at the Cycle Show (or indeed any of you wonderful people who might stumble across this blog) that you can use the discount code on our website to get a whopping 30% discount off our cycling books.

And for those less Lycra-inclined, you can still use the code to buy all those Christmas presents for your cycling-crazy friends and family! 

All you need do is enter the discount code at the checkout when you’re buying your lovely cycling books: 

Discount code:  cycleshow14

Remember the offer ends at Christmas, so you better get clicking…

Here’s a few of our lovely cycling titles to inspire you:

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NEW IN: Sports Training Principles 6th Edition

The 6th edition of Sports Training Principles has arrived at Bloomsbury HQ and it looks fantastic. Thoroughly revised throughout, this comprehensive sports science textbook has been edited and authored by Dr Frank W. Dick OBE (President of the European Athletics Coaches Association) with contributions from:

  • Professor John Brewer (St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK)
  • Professor Timothy Noakes (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Dr Penny Werthner (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Vern Gambetta (Sports Training Systems, USA)
  • Dr Cliff Mallett and Dr David Jenkins (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Dr Scott Drawer (RFU, UK)

This textbook comprehensively covers the core aspects of sports training and coaching which can be applied to all sports and disciplines. It is the ultimate reference tool for all coaches responsible for training athletes to fulfill their performance potential.

the book covers the key sports science topics: anatomy and physiology; biomechanics; psychology; nutrition; performance analysis; training; and coaching theory and practice.

The ideal introductory textbook for all sports science students

The ideal introductory textbook for all sports science students

If you’re a lecturer interested in using the book on your course, email your full course details (Course Name, Level, Module, Number of Students and Start Date) and your academic address (Name, Position, Department, Address) to inspectioncopies@bloomsbury.com and our team will get back to you.

Bloomsbury Institute Event – Anita Bean talks sports nutrition

Ever wondered what Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray or Bradley Wiggins eat?

What does Wiggo eat ... aside from medals?

What does Wiggo eat … aside from medals?!

Anita Bean, bestselling author of Food for Fitness, reveals the dietary secrets of successful sportspeople and explains how you can use the same strategies to take your training to the next level. Anita exposes the truth behind popular sports supplements and debunks popular nutritional myths.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or you just enjoy working out for fitness, find out the best way to feed your body and hear Anita’s top tips on sports nutrition. This is your chance to come and enjoy a healthy making_smoothiesmoothie (or a sneaky glass of wine) with Anita Bean and ask our bestselling sports nutrition expert your questions.

So get your tickets fast!

 

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Nutrition guru – Anita Bean

Anita Bean BSc R Nutr is the author of Food For Fitness and The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition. She is a registered nutritionist (Sports & Exercise) whose practical style has made her one of the UK’s most respected nutrition writers. Over the years, she has worked with numerous athletes, from club to Olympic level, contributed to numerous health and fitness publications and, as a former British bodybuilding champion, is a strong advocate of an active lifestyle.

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Ticket details
Date: Thursday 16th October
Time: Drinks at 6pm and talk from 6.30pm until 7.45pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Cost: £10 / £6 for students, including wine (or smoothies)
Tickets are available to buy online at http://www.bloomsburyinstitute.com or on the door.

Blimey, they're all at it! But what d they eat the rest of the time??

Blimey, they’re all at it! But what do they eat the rest of the time??

William Hill Sports Book of the Year – The longlist

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Love sport? Love books? Meet the #WHSBOTY longlist…

Bloomsbury Spot are delighted to have two books longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Rob Steen’s Floodlights and Touchlines is a superb social history of sport and Bill Jones’s book Alone tells the story of the life and tragic early death of John Curry, one of the most famous ice skaters in history.

Congratulations to Rob Steen and Bill Jones, as well as all the authors nominated.

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Want to be the new editor for Bloomsbury Sport?

Exciting news: we’re recruiting!!

If you think you’ve got what it takes, why wait. Get applying now and you could soon be working with the staggeringly brilliant Team Sport at Bloomsbury.

The opportunity

We are looking for a highly motivated and organised editor to work in our busy Sports and Fitness department. Bloomsbury Sport publishes the best in sport, health and fitness books, covering a wide range of subjects, from the history of cycling through to the practicalities of foam rolling. This is a challenging and exciting role for someone able to manage their own projects with plenty of drive and enthusiasm.

The role 

• Managing a number of full colour, mono and e-books through the editorial process from cover design and manuscript delivery through to publication
• Working closely with in-house Design, Marketing, Publicity and Rights departments
• Working closely with Commissioning Editors within the department
• Working closely with authors, and briefing freelancers, suppliers, photographers, photo agencies and illustrators
• Schedule and budget management
• Writing back cover and catalogue copy

Skills, knowledge, experience

• Editorial experience in book publishing
• Proficient with illustrated books
• Eye for design and layouts
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to prioritise and use own initiative, juggling several projects at a time
• Solid time-management skills in order to cope with competing deadlines
• Ideally experience of working on ebooks, and XML
• Ideally experience of working on photo shoots
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Wide-ranging interest in sports and fitness is desirable
• Proficient with all Microsoft Office packages and Adobe. Mac experience desirable.

This role is based at Bloomsbury’s London office, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP.

To apply, please send a CV, covering letter, including current salary details, to Julia.Thomson@bloomsbury.com. Julia Thomson, HR Administrator.

The closing date for this role is Sunday 31 August 2014.

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