Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: John Blake
Apart form its current publications, John Blake Publishing has a sizeable back list of acclaimed sporting titles. These include biographies of stars such as Roger Federer, WG Grace, Fernando Torres and Frankie Dettori. For more information, visit www.blake.co.uk



Read Review
<back to archive

Guy Martin: My Autobiography By Guy Martin

Release date: 01st December, 2014
Publisher: Virgin Books

List Price: £16.99
Our Price: £9.00
You Save: £7.99 (47%)
Buy Now

Guy Martin’s autobiography has been one of the year’s sporting phenomena, selling in incredible numbers, thanks in part to his television appearances, but also to his engaging, boy-next-door persona.

In many respects, his apparent devil-may-care attitude is one most of us lose once burdened with the increasingly heavy responsibilities of family, work, mortgage and so on, which perhaps explains why we enjoy reading about a man who avoids conformity.

And this book, like much else that Martin presents to the public on TV and in his two other books, is non-conformist, opinionated, compelling and often very, very funny.

It’s possible that readers will return to some passages and wonder whether this star of the Isle of Man TT races meant to re-emphasise a point he’s already made. Is he being pedantic or simply trying to fill up the page?

An example: he details every bend, straight and corner (with speeds) from a road race in Ulster and goes on to explain that the location known as ‘The Hole In The Wall’ is so named because, well, "there’s a wall with a hole in it."

Elsewhere, he provides an extremely amusing account of an ‘orgy’ he attended, although this is as far removed from the debauched, licentious gatherings frequented most weekends by kinky, cocaine-snorting types in New York as you could imagine. In Martin’s case, he kept his socks on (yes, really) and, he explains, matter-of-factly, "sat in the buff…on the wheel arch in the back of a Transit van eating a Mars Bar."

Yet his straight-talking, come-day, go-day manner successfully disguises the amount of hard work Martin undertakes to ensure that whenever he straddles a high-performance motorbike, he’s taken as much risk out of propelling it at 170mph as he possibly can. He may come across as a man still in possession of a youthful, devil-may-care attitude, but there’s an awful lot of precision to Guy Martin as this excellent read makes abundantly clear.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

Running: Cheaper Than Therapy By Chas Newkey-Burden
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
In The Zone How Champions Think and Win Big By Martin Brolin
Blink Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Re: Cyclists 200 Years On Wheels By Michael Hutchinson
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
Klopp: Bring the Noise By Raphael Honigstein
Yellow Jersey Press
Read Review Buy Now
The Boy on the Shed By Paul Ferris
Hodder & Staughton
Read Review Buy Now
Leap In By Alexandra Heminsley
Windmill Books
Read Review Buy Now
Berlin 1936 By Oliver Hilmes
Bodley Head
Read Review Buy Now
Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket By Stephen Fay and David Kynaston
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
401: The Extraordinary Story of the Man Who Ran 401 Marathons in 401 Days and Changed His Life Forever By Ben Smith
Bloomsbury Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
One Goal A Coach, A Team and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together By Amy Bass
Hachette Books
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.