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This Week's Hot Sellers

The Sports Bookshelf's research reveals that sports book buyers bought these titles most during the last seven days.


1) Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Christopher McDougall's compelling study of the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's savage Copper Canyons, who for centuries have practised techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest.

2)Bounce: How Champions are Made
It was the golfer Gary Player, borrowing words uttered in 1929 by Arnold Palmer , who said: 'The more I practise, the luckier I get'. In Bounce, Times sportswriter and former world table tennis champion Matthew Syed argues that Palmer and Player were right: there is no such thing as natural talent and success in sport is the consequence instead of huge amounts of practice. Taking in the latest in neuroscience, psychology and economics, Bounce examines the real nature of talent, what kind of practice actually works, how to achieve motivation, drugs in sport and life, and whether black people really are faster runners. Syed meets a Hungarian father whose educational theories saw his daughters become three of the best chess players of all time and explains why one small street in Reading - his own - has produced more top table-tennis players than the rest of Britain put together.

3) 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Official Book
As the former editor of World Soccer magazine, Kier Radnedge has long been respected for his expert knowledge of international football and the official FIFA guide to this summer's World Cup finals is as authoritative as you would expect.

4)The Man Who Cycled the World
Fund-raising long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont charts his 18,000-mile ride around the world, ending at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after 194 days and 17 hours, telling his life story along the way.

5) Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2010
The daddy of all cricket books, Wisden has been published every year since 1864. The 147th edition for 2010 contains details of every first-class match in every nation as well as powerful opinion and excellent features.

6) The Sun Guide to the 2010 World Cup
An informative preview of the 32 teams and 800 players competing in South Africa, which analyses every player's club record to create a unique rating system identifying and ranking the top strikers, defenders, midfielders and goalkeepers, plus
group-by-group analysis Sun pundits.

7) Playfair Cricket Annual 2010
Easier to tuck into a pocket and lighter in the backpack than Wisden, the ever-popular guide for cricket fans is enjoying its seasonal surge in sales as domestic cricket returns to the sports agenda.

8) Mr Unbelievable
Chris Kamara retraces his life from tough beginnings in Middlesbrough to his current cult status as the hilariously hyperactive star among the army of ex-professional players at the heart of the success of football results programme Soccer Saturday.

9) I Said No Thanks: The Autobiography
The story of Rangers striker Nacho Novo, who famously said 'no thanks' to Celtic when about to leave Dundee in 2004, deciding to sign for Rangers instead.

10)Horses in Training 2010
An annual listing of almost 19,000 horses spread among more than 700 trainers in Britain, Ireland and France.

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