The incomparable range of sports books produced by Pitch Publishing over the past few years has ensured theyÕve secured a place as one of the UKÕs leading publishers of sporting material.
From the unashamedly nostalgic Got, Not Got and the thought-provoking If Only: An Alternative History of the Beautiful Game, to Andrew MurtaghÕs superbly-written Gentleman and a Player, Pitch Publishing are always likely to come up with something different. Take a look at their current range:
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The unprecedented suspension of daily life has, not surprisingly, extended to the publishing industry, which means there are currently very few decent sports books available to preview.
Fortunately, our archive http://www.sportsbookofthemonth.com/?page=archive stretches back more than 16 years, during which we’ve reviewed almost 850 titles. We’ve scoured this archive to create a list of classic sports books deserving of a place on any bookshelf…
Our first post-2004 classic is Matthew Pinsent’s A Lifetime In A Race in which the multiple Olympic and world champion describes the intensity of competition and the rigours of an athlete's everyday life which makes for a hugely enjoyable read. Together with Sir Steve Redgrave, Pinsent raised British rowing's profile to unprecedented levels, but this book is not specialist in nature and will be enjoyed by non-sports fans. Such broad appeal is a rare quality; Pinsent achieves it by detailing the discipline required to be a champion - the dedication, the pain, coping with (occasional) defeat and the hours of training required to get things right.
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Yes, yes, this isn’t a football book, but one of the very best sports books ever published.
Thomas Hauser’s Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times is one of the best books ever written about The Greatest.
King of the World by David Remick and The Fight, Norman Mailer's account of the Ali - Foreman 'Rumble in the Jungle' fight in 1974 are both superbly written, but Hauser’s biography is similarly compelling.
He constructs a magical tale of determination, pride, ability and respect. As he does this in chronological order, readers are treated to one golden anecdote after another, the steady supply of which stretch right back to Ali's earliest days.
Release date: 11th April, 2005 Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
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No competition book this week, folks (see above). Instead, here's the third of our classic sporting reads.
In Dark Trade, Donald McCrae exposes the harsh brutality of professional boxing, revealing the sport in its rawest state. He does this by delivering descriptive passages with the intensity of thundering body punches, each one designed to remind the reader of the sport's ultimate purpose.
McRae continually steps back to reflect upon the state of boxing and the nature of the esteem in which he holds boxers, which, he suggests, derives from their intensity and bravery, but also from what he calls "that essential vulnerability beneath those hard layers of machismo".
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