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What's New: this week's new titles in sports books

July 4-10 2011: by Jon Culley



The Ghost Runner: The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn't Stop
Cancer killed John Tarrant when he was only 42 but in his short life -- recounted by Bill Jones -- he was a brilliant distance runner whose dreams of Olympic glory were shattered when honesty persuaded him to admit he had been paid to box as a teenager.  Banned from amateurs-only athletics, he subsequently became ‘the ghost runner’, gatecrashing major events to prove his talent and his love of running.

Published by Mainstream (July 7)

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End of the Rainbow: England's Quest for Glory in South Africa

A year on, Oliver Holt, chief sports writer of the Daily Mirror who formerly wrote more expansively and with distinction for The Times, analyses England’s disastrous 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, revealing the tensions, drama and intrigue behind Fabio Capello’s relationship with his team.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton (July 7)

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The Last Flannelled Fool

Actor and cricket nut Michael Simkins sold 40,000 copies of Fatty Batter, which wittily charts the development of his obsession with willow and leather from overweight Brighton schoolboy to his middle years.  He has followed up by trying to discover if the factors that fired his passion for cricket still exist.



Published by Ebury Press (July 7)

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Promised Land: A Northern Love Story


Anthony Clavane’s award-winning story of a city, a culture and a football team has been updated and repackaged for its paperback edition.  Endlessly fascinating, a book with an appeal that stretches beyond its core audience of Leeds United fans.



Published by Yellow Jersey (July 7)

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Red Bull Racing F1 Car Manual

Not something many are likely to need for practical purposes, unless they have plans -- and a few million quid to spare -- to buy one of Sebastian Vettel’s cast-offs.  But Steve Rendle, author of more than 50 Haynes’ manuals, gives the Red Bull RB6 the treatment nonetheless, providing a fascinating insight into the design, technology and engineering of an F1 car.


Published by J H Haynes & Co (July 7)

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Big Fry: Barry Fry: The Autobiography


Barry Fry, ex-Busby Babe, journeyman player turned outspoken manager and, latterly, club owner, tells riotous tales about George Best, Stan Flashman, Stan Collymore, David Sullivan and Karren Brady among others. "Enough to make your eyes water," he says.



New paperback edition published by Willow (July 4)

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Giggsy: The Biography of Ryan Giggs

Paperback edition of journalist Frank Worrall’s biography of Ryan Giggs, written too soon to include extra-marital scandals, sadly.  Worrall’s back catalogue includes bios of Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson.



Published by John Blake Publishing (July 4)


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Kissing the Badge

Phil Ascough presents facts, stats and quizzes from two revolutionary decades of Premier League football, an era defined by glitz and glamour, wonder-goals and WAGs, billionaires and bail-outs.  Kissing the Badge is a memory-jogger and a test of football knowledge.




Published in paperback by A & C Black (July 4)

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Graham Thorpe: Rising from the Ashes

Graham Thorpe is another top-level cricketer to be haunted by depression after playing out his career on the field against a backdrop of personal problems off it. This new edition of a brutally honest life story first published in 2005 looks back on that summer‘s Ashes series and updates the story to include the former England batsman‘s new coaching career.



Published in paperback by HarperSport (July 4)
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Shirts, Shorts and Spurs

Managers are hired and fired, players bought and sold; football club kitmen, on the other hand, tend to stay through thick and thin.  Roy Reyland occupied that role at Tottenham for the best part of 30 years, seeing off 17 managers and hundreds of players, to many of whom he was a friendly face and a willing listener.  Reissued in paperback, these are the insider secrets he is willing to divulge.



Published by John Blake Publishing (July 4)
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