Sport and leisure books

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In brief: The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism; The Manningtree Witches; The City of Mist
An impassioned polemic from John Barnes; historical fiction with contemporary relevance; and a parting shot from Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Ben East

14, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Scottie Pippen opens up on bitter rivalry with Michael Jordan in memoir
The former Chicago Bulls star renews his criticism of Jordan, which first emerged in response to Netflix’s The Last Dance

Edward Helmore

07, Nov, 2021 @9:30 AM

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All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King review – a true gamechanger
The tennis superstar and first openly lesbian professional writes candidly about a career that led the way for women’s sports as we know them

Tim Adams

12, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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All In by Billie Jean King review – game, set and match
A vivid and inspiring autobiography by the woman who took on the tennis establishment and won

Fiona Sturges

04, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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The Accidental Footballer by Pat Nevin review – a heroic outsider
The charismatic Glasgow-born winger and indie music obsessive recalls his passions, and life in football before the riches arrived

Sukhdev Sandhu

30, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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From £20 a week to Fifa millions: the best books about football money
The Super League fiasco exposed the sport’s complex relationship with finance – and these books by David Conn, Kelly Smith and more are brilliant

Nicholas Wroe

29, Apr, 2021 @2:00 PM

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‘It blew our minds’: the surfers who braved sharks to ride Africa’s mightiest wave
Forget the blond California stereotypes. New book Afrosurf captures Africa’s overlooked surf culture – and celebrates its heroes, who’d ride colossal waves at beaches they were often banned from

Phil Hoad

20, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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In brief: Howul: A Life's Journey; Revolutions; Thinking Again – reviews
David Shannon’s prose shines with sweet innocence, women cycle their way to freedom, and Jan Morris’s spry memoir captures the later days of an incredible life

Ben East

04, Apr, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Revolutions by Hannah Ross review – the story of women on two wheels
From the Pankhursts delivering newsletters to a racing team in Saudi Arabia ... an engaging history, full of colourful characters, of women and cycling

Eliane Glaser

27, Mar, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Top 10 books about football | David F Ross
From Barry Hines’s social realism to Nick Hornby’s account of all-consuming fandom, these are books about far more than sport

David F Ross

03, Feb, 2021 @1:30 PM

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Beginners by Tom Vanderbilt review – it's never too late to learn
Singing, juggling, surfing, playing chess … a year of gaining new skills reveals the pleasures of the learning process

Joe Moran

31, Dec, 2020 @7:30 AM

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Best sports books of 2020
Clear-eyed insights into grassroots football, hard-hitting memoirs from a world champion kickboxer and a leading female rugby player and more

Huw Richards

28, Nov, 2020 @9:00 AM

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