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Unstoppable: My Life So Far By Maria Sharapova

Release date: 22nd September, 2017
Publisher: Particular Books

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Taken from Russia to the USA by her father when she was just six years old in order to develop her burgeoning talent, the little girl didn’t see her mother for several years. It was on the practice courts of Florida that Sharapova’s competitiveness, toughness and confidence were nurtured. Her father realised that if she was to succeed on the professional tennis circuit, she had to be tough and self-sufficient. (read review)

Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special By Henry Blofeld

Release date: 19th October, 2017
Publisher: Hodder & Staughton

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Such is the delicious, cut glass tone of Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld’s rich voice that thousands of cricket fans, grown used to his match commentary on Test Match Special (TMS), are likely to buy Over and Out and read it as though still listening to him on the radio. Having published two memoirs, the second as recently as 2014, prospective readers may wonder whether Over and Out is a regurgitated version of the two. Fortunately, it isn’t. Blowers wouldn’t short-change his public. (read review)

Football: My Life, My Passion By Graeme Souness

Release date: 19th October, 2017
Publisher: Headline

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There’s still an air of menace about Graeme Souness, a characteristic which ensures that television pundits espousing an alternative opinion to the Scot tend to remain quiet when he speaks, not least because he can be relied upon to talk sense. On TV, Graeme Souness comes across as a thoughtful, experienced man who knows the football industry inside out; the excellent Football: My Life, My Passion reinforces this view. (read review)

Rugby, The Game Of My Life: Battling For England in the Professional Era By Rob Andrew

Release date: 19th October, 2017
Publisher: Hodder & Staughton

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What makes Rugby, The Game Of My Life so interesting is Rob Andrew’s overview. He’s not content to talk about players, matches and tours, but is eager to offer his thoughts on why the New Zealanders are so much better than the English when planning their national coach succession, for instance. He also believes that a player strike is not beyond the realms of possibility. He has sympathy with club owners who have spent enormous sums of money on players only to see the international season encroach further onto the domestic set-up. Anyone who enjoys watching the game should be urged to tackle it with the ferocity of a Jonny Wilkinson tackle. (read review)

Ali: A Life By Jonathan Eig

Release date: 04th October, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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You could fill a library with Muhammed Ali biographies, photographic collections, tittle-tattle, statistical tomes and hastily-prepared cut-and-paste ‘appreciations’, which may prompt the would-be reader of Ali: A Life to ask, ‘is it worth spending £16.79 on yet another book which focuses on the great man’s life? (read review)

A Clear Blue Sky By Jonny Bairstow with Duncan Hamilton

Release date: 01st November, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins

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A Clear Blue Sky was voted number three in our sports books of the year 2017. Discover the top five (see 'Redemption' at the top of the page) and numbers 6-10 above (see The Fall of the House of FIFA). TO WIN ALL TEN OF THE YEAR'S TOP SPORTS BOOKS, SIMPLY ANSWER THE QUESTION BELOW: Which country will host the 2020 Olympic Games? Send your answer to comps@sportsbookofthemonth.com no later than 20th December 2017 (read review)

From Orient to the Emirates The Plucky Rise of Burnley FC By Tim Quelch

Release date: 17th October, 2017
Publisher: Pitch Publishing

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From Orient to the Emirates tells the tale of Burnley’s inspirational, never-say-die recovery from the cusp of oblivion (a final match of the 1986-87 season against Orient) to once more competing against the top flight’s big guns. To call the intervening 30-year journey a ‘roller-coaster’ is an understatement, but to convey what it has meant to those associated with, or supporting the Clarets, author Tim Quelch mixes his story with an abundance of comments from fans, players, newspaper reports and other contemporaneous accounts. It’s an uplifting formula tracing the period from Burnley’s unlikely survival to their renaissance and status as many folks’ favourite ‘other’ team. (read review)

Ascent By Sir Chris Bonnington

Release date: 01st November, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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It comes as no surprise to learn that three years ago, at the age of 80, Sir Chris Bonnington conquered The Old Man of Hoy, a 449-foot sandstone sea stack off the island of Hoy in the Orkneys. He first climbed the stack with two others in 1966 and would do so again the following year for a live, 3-night BBC broadcast which attracted more than 15 million viewers. (read review)

Glove Story By Rob Stokes, Derek Hammond & Gary Silke

Release date: 16th November, 2017
Publisher: Conker Editions

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We have a copy of GLOVE STORY to give away. To win this prize, simply answer the following question: For which team did Gordon Banks make his Football League debut? Send your answer to comps@sportsbookofthemonth.com no later than 5th December 2017 (read review)

The Way of the Runner A Journey Into the Fabled World of Japanese Running By Adharanand Finn

Release date: 17th November, 2017
Publisher: WW Norton

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Japan’s love of long-distance running has echoes of ancient Greece. Long before the marathon and other events were codified, Japan was a nation where couriers would run enormous distances, carrying messages between cities; from this has grown a series of unique relay competitions, underpinned by another Japanese tradition: doryoku, the ability to persevere in the pursuit of success. (read review)



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SBOTM Current Top 10

Unstoppable: My Life So Far By Maria Sharapova
Particular Books
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Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special By Henry Blofeld
Hodder & Staughton
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Football: My Life, My Passion By Graeme Souness
Headline
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Rugby, The Game Of My Life: Battling For England in the Professional Era By Rob Andrew
Hodder & Staughton
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Ali: A Life By Jonathan Eig
Simon & Schuster
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A Clear Blue Sky By Jonny Bairstow with Duncan Hamilton
Harper Collins
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From Orient to the Emirates The Plucky Rise of Burnley FC By Tim Quelch
Pitch Publishing
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Ascent By Sir Chris Bonnington
Simon & Schuster
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Glove Story By Rob Stokes, Derek Hammond & Gary Silke
Conker Editions
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The Way of the Runner A Journey Into the Fabled World of Japanese Running By Adharanand Finn
WW Norton
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