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Current top 10 sports books

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Ali: A Life By Jonathan Eig

Release date: 04th October, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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You could fill a library with Muhammed Ali biographies, photographic collections, tittle-tattle, statistical tomes and hastily-prepared cut-and-paste ‘appreciations’, which may prompt the would-be reader of Ali: A Life to ask, ‘is it worth spending £16.79 on yet another book which focuses on the great man’s life? (read review)

A Clear Blue Sky By Jonny Bairstow with Duncan Hamilton

Release date: 01st November, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins

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If you’re looking to read one of the very best sport-related books of recent years, then treat yourself to a copy of A Clear Blue Sky. (read review)

From Orient to the Emirates The Plucky Rise of Burnley FC By Tim Quelch

Release date: 17th October, 2017
Publisher: Pitch Publishing

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From Orient to the Emirates tells the tale of Burnley’s inspirational, never-say-die recovery from the cusp of oblivion (a final match of the 1986-87 season against Orient) to once more competing against the top flight’s big guns. To call the intervening 30-year journey a ‘roller-coaster’ is an understatement, but to convey what it has meant to those associated with, or supporting the Clarets, author Tim Quelch mixes his story with an abundance of comments from fans, players, newspaper reports and other contemporaneous accounts. It’s an uplifting formula tracing the period from Burnley’s unlikely survival to their renaissance and status as many folks’ favourite ‘other’ team. (read review)

Ascent By Sir Chris Bonnington

Release date: 01st November, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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It comes as no surprise to learn that three years ago, at the age of 80, Sir Chris Bonnington conquered The Old Man of Hoy, a 449-foot sandstone sea stack off the island of Hoy in the Orkneys. He first climbed the stack with two others in 1966 and would do so again the following year for a live, 3-night BBC broadcast which attracted more than 15 million viewers. (read review)

The Way of the Runner A Journey Into the Fabled World of Japanese Running By Adharanand Finn

Release date: 17th November, 2017
Publisher: WW Norton

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Japan’s love of long-distance running has echoes of ancient Greece. Long before the marathon and other events were codified, Japan was a nation where couriers would run enormous distances, carrying messages between cities; from this has grown a series of unique relay competitions, underpinned by another Japanese tradition: doryoku, the ability to persevere in the pursuit of success. (read review)

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics By Michael Cox

Release date: 11th January, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins

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Avoiding the need for a lengthy preamble, Michael Cox gets straight to his most important argument in the opening lines of The Mixer, noting that, “The introduction of the back-pass law in 1992 had a transformative effect upon football. Not since 1925, when the offside law was altered…had a law change been so effective in improving the spectacle of the world’s most popular sport.” In a rare example of sporting and commercial serendipity, the new rule was introduced at precisely the same time as Sky were desperately keen to repackage football (remember the cheerleaders and other pre-match razzmatazz?) and sell it to subscribers. Yet this simple rule change made the game faster because goalkeepers could no longer pick the ball up from a back-pass. “Sky were hugely fortunate,” notes Cox. “Without this significant improvement…the Premier League wouldn’t have developed into the multi-billion pound product it is today.” (read review)

Through Sand and Snow By Charlie Walker

Release date: 10th December, 2017
Publisher: Charlie Walker

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Through Sand and Snow chronicles the author’s adventures as he cycles more than 43,000 miles across the Earth. Such an adventure must, you imagine, have been years in the planning, but Walker admits he did little training and had few definite plans beyond getting as far away from home as possible. “If a mountaineer deals in the vertical and aims for the highest point, a cyclist, who deals in the horizontal, should aim for the furthest point,” he writes. (read review)

Graham Taylor: In His Own Words By Graham Taylor

Release date: 16th December, 2017
Publisher: Peloton Books

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A couple of years ago, your correspondent had the good fortune to work with Graham Taylor on a season-long football project. A thoroughly decent man, he was always well prepared, his hand-written notes crammed with summarised answers to every possible question he might be asked. His answers were, of course, supplemented with a deep football knowledge; frankly, what he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing. (read review)

Lillee and Thommo The Deadly Pair’s Reign of Terror By Ian Brayshaw

Release date: 15th December, 2017
Publisher: Hardie Grant

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Considering this book’s subject matter, ie the raw pace of Lillee and Thommo that would destroy England’s cricketers (sound familiar?) during the 1974-75 Ashes series, author Ian Brayshaw eases the reader into his mixture of observant narrative and timely comments from players of both sides in the well-practiced manner of a host leading a house guest to a comfortable armchair. (read review)

Unbreakable By Jelena Dokic with Jess Halloran

Release date: 05th January, 2018
Publisher: Ebury Press

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To win a copy of Unbreakable, answer the following question: Who is the current Wimbledon Ladies champion? Send your answer to comps@sportsbookofthemonth.com no later than 23rd January 2018 (read review)



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SBOTM Current Top 10

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