Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: John Blake
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



Read Review
<back to archive

Running My Life By Seb Coe

Release date: 09th November, 2012
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

List Price: £20.00
Our Price: £9.00
You Save: £11 (55%)
Buy Now

Some people, blessed with an abundance of natural sporting talent, train as hard as possible to become great sportsmen or women. Others, mindful that there are too many social injustices, aspire to rectify matters by becoming politicians, while an even rarer group of people recognise that they can apply their expertise to become sporting leaders.

It's astonishing to think that Lord Sebastian Coe has achieved all of the above and he's still only in his mid-fifties.

Now he has produced perhaps the best-written sports autobiography of the past decade, a fantastic story of a serial over-achiever which manages to engage the reader on every page.

We all know Seb Coe's tale, or rather we think we know, but with the glorious London Olympics now lovingly consigned to the history books, he at last has the opportunity to provide a wonderful, engrossing account of his life.

The area of Coe's life many of us are familiar with revolves around the late seventies and early eighties when he twice became an Olympic champion at 1,500m. This was a time when he broke a dozen world records, three of them in the space of 41 days, and enjoyed a rivalry with Steve Ovett which captivated the nation.

Between 1992-97, he served as a Conservative MP and junior whip, eventually becoming William Hague's chief of staff.

"If the Blair revolution hadn't happened," he writes, "I probably would have survived in Falmouth and Camborne [his Cornwall constituency] and would certainly have committed the rest of my working life to a political career."

How lucky we are that this didn't happen.

More recently, we watched Seb Coe slowly emerge as a sporting leader. First, he pulled off the seemingly impossible by bringing the Olympic Games to these shores for the first time in 64 years. Then, magically, he quietly pulled the necessary strings to ensure that against the odds, London staged a remarkable show, the after-effects of which will inspire a generation.

The only surprise is that this book's title is not My Life So Far, for as Lord Coe declares in this brilliant book's final sentence, "I'm not ready to slow down yet." Every British sports fan should be thankful for that.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

Ali: A Life By Jonathan Eig
Simon & Schuster
Read Review Buy Now
A Clear Blue Sky By Jonny Bairstow with Duncan Hamilton
Harper Collins
Read Review Buy Now
From Orient to the Emirates The Plucky Rise of Burnley FC By Tim Quelch
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Ascent By Sir Chris Bonnington
Simon & Schuster
Read Review Buy Now
The Way of the Runner A Journey Into the Fabled World of Japanese Running By Adharanand Finn
WW Norton
Read Review Buy Now
The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics By Michael Cox
Harper Collins
Read Review Buy Now
Through Sand and Snow By Charlie Walker
Charlie Walker
Read Review Buy Now
Graham Taylor: In His Own Words By Graham Taylor
Peloton Books
Read Review Buy Now
Lillee and Thommo The Deadly Pairís Reign of Terror By Ian Brayshaw
Hardie Grant
Read Review Buy Now
Unbreakable By Jelena Dokic with Jess Halloran
Ebury Press
Read Review Buy Now

Amazonís top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 Ė 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.