Bloomsbury are proud to announce that we have three books on the shortlist for the British Sport Book Awards. The three books to be shortlisted are:
Best Illustrated Book
Coppi by Herbie Sykes
Best New Writer
Sit Down and Cheer by Martin Kelner
Best Cricket Book
We’ll Get ’Em in Sequins by Max Davidson
The winner for each category will be announced on Tuesday 21st May 2013 – fingers crossed!
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Milano-Sanremo, Tour of Romandie, Giro d’Italia, Flanders, Alpine descents and the Belgian kermis scene provide the Euro flavour, while the UK’s own Tour of Britain and Mildenhall Rally give a taste of home.
With accompanying text from cycling writers of note and foreword by the Guardian’s Richard Williams, the Rouleur Annual captures a memorable year of cycling in style.
Around the world, endurance athletes are pushing themselves further and harder than ever before. While some of these athletes choose to race in the heart of the world’s biggest cities, many journey to parts of the globe where human beings are the exception rather than the norm, places like Antarctica, Death Valley or the middle of a storm-swept Southern Ocean.
For a certain breed of competitor, there is an unbreakable drive to see exactly how much the body and mind can endure. Why do they do it? Well, that is down to the individual. But more and more people are attempting to tackle challenges that can be considered extraordinary – and at times downright dangerous.
This brand new book, publishing today, profiles 50 of the world’s toughest ultra-marathons, triathlons, bike rides and many other challenges that push human beings to their limits.
The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges is a celebration of these extraordinary events and the athletes who take part in them. With detailed profiles of the races, first-hand accounts from competitors and stunning photography, it is the definitive guide to the hottest, coldest, highest, longest and most remote endurance events on earth.
Fausto Coppi remains the most iconic cyclist in the history of the sport. For twenty years either side of the war his extravagant talent, combined with a unique charisma and human frailty, captivated fans across Europe. Moreover, he revolutionised the sport of bike racing itself, laying the foundations for the generations who would follow.
Coppi was Il Campionissimo; his greatness so unequivocal that his celebrity transcended mere sport. As such, both his professional and private lives were endlessly pawed over by his country’s insatiable post-war media. In deserting his wife and daughter for a divorcée in 1954, he traumatised Catholic Italy. Thereafter his life became a soap opera from which he was unable to escape until his dramatic death in 1960.
Herbie Sykes’s new book Coppi is a beautiful and unique depiction of this legendary cyclist, built around an extraordinary collection of hand-picked, rarely seen images and testimonies from those who knew him intimately. These images, some genuine masterpieces, were unearthed through hours of painstaking research. Allied to the personal truths of those closest to him, they reveal the man behind the Fausto Coppi myth.
This book strips away many of the half-truths and downright lies which have been grafted onto his legend over the decades, making it a very different kind of sports biography, and a must-have for all genuine cycling fans.
As The Roller Derby Athlete by Ellen Parnavelas launches today, is has inspired me to find out what my roller derby name would be. According to the website Rollers and Revellers my roller derby name is Black Rose.
For those of you that have not heard of roller derby, it’s a unique fast-paced, female-dominated sport that is taking the world by storm. It originated in the USA in the 1930s, but it is the revival that began in 2001 that has inspired this new book.
Roller derby has become one of the world’s fast-growing new sports, and there are now more than 1,000 leagues worldwide.
The Roller Derby Athlete is ideal for beginners and experienced skaters, who are looking for a book that covers roller derby from a practical perspective. The book offers advice on tactics, fitness, training, injury prevention and nutrition.
With the new book, my new roller derby name, now all I need to do is dust off my old roller skates and find a local roller derby team that will have me – wish me luck!
The Roller Derby Athlete publishes today priced £16.99, order your copy direct from the Bloomsbury website or on Amazon.
To find out your Roller Derby name, visit the Roller derby name generator at the Rollers and Revellers website.
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Allegedly from David Coleman, British radio and TV commentator, at one of his many Olympic coverages, when he thought he was off air.
“These are the Olympics; you die before you quit.”
The great American discus thrower, Al Oerter, winner of four successive gold medals (1956-1968). For the third of these in Tokyo, he competed despite excruciating pain from a torn rib cartilage, strapped up and iced.