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A Clear Blue Sky By Jonny Bairstow with Duncan Hamilton

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

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If you’re looking to read one of the very best sport-related books of recent years, then treat yourself to a copy of A Clear Blue Sky. (read review)

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics By Michael Cox

Release date: 11th January, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins

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Avoiding the need for a lengthy preamble, Michael Cox gets straight to his most important argument in the opening lines of The Mixer, noting that, “The introduction of the back-pass law in 1992 had a transformative effect upon football. Not since 1925, when the offside law was altered…had a law change been so effective in improving the spectacle of the world’s most popular sport.” In a rare example of sporting and commercial serendipity, the new rule was introduced at precisely the same time as Sky were desperately keen to repackage football (remember the cheerleaders and other pre-match razzmatazz?) and sell it to subscribers. Yet this simple rule change made the game faster because goalkeepers could no longer pick the ball up from a back-pass. “Sky were hugely fortunate,” notes Cox. “Without this significant improvement…the Premier League wouldn’t have developed into the multi-billion pound product it is today.” (read review)

Through Sand and Snow By Charlie Walker

Release date: 10th December, 2017
Publisher: Charlie Walker

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Through Sand and Snow chronicles the author’s adventures as he cycles more than 43,000 miles across the Earth. Such an adventure must, you imagine, have been years in the planning, but Walker admits he did little training and had few definite plans beyond getting as far away from home as possible. “If a mountaineer deals in the vertical and aims for the highest point, a cyclist, who deals in the horizontal, should aim for the furthest point,” he writes. (read review)

Graham Taylor: In His Own Words By Graham Taylor

Release date: 16th December, 2017
Publisher: Peloton Books

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A couple of years ago, your correspondent had the good fortune to work with Graham Taylor on a season-long football project. A thoroughly decent man, he was always well prepared, his hand-written notes crammed with summarised answers to every possible question he might be asked. His answers were, of course, supplemented with a deep football knowledge; frankly, what he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing. (read review)

Lillee and Thommo The Deadly Pair’s Reign of Terror By Ian Brayshaw

Release date: 15th December, 2017
Publisher: Hardie Grant

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Considering this book’s subject matter, ie the raw pace of Lillee and Thommo that would destroy England’s cricketers (sound familiar?) during the 1974-75 Ashes series, author Ian Brayshaw eases the reader into his mixture of observant narrative and timely comments from players of both sides in the well-practiced manner of a host leading a house guest to a comfortable armchair. (read review)

Unbreakable By Jelena Dokic with Jess Halloran

Release date: 05th January, 2018
Publisher: Ebury Press

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Unbreakable is, in many respects, a harrowing story, although it’s one which, regrettably, we’re increasingly familiar. (read review)

Running: Cheaper Than Therapy By Chas Newkey-Burden

Release date: 15th December, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport

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No-one is quite sure who collates such statistics, but mid-February is, apparently, the time when 80% of people give up on their new year resolutions. Buying this book could actually bolster your commitment to continuing with your January resolution, so ask yourself: is my health worth eight quid? (read review)

In The Zone How Champions Think and Win Big By Martin Brolin

Release date: 11th January, 2018
Publisher: Blink Publishing

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Brolin has performed at his chosen sport’s highest level and understands what it’s like to enjoy periods when, shorn of distractions, a sportsman or woman can move, almost seamlessly, onto a higher plane and perform feats which, to the outsider, appear super-human. (read review)

Re: Cyclists 200 Years On Wheels By Michael Hutchinson

Release date: 11th February, 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport

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To win a copy of Re: Cyclists, answer the following question: Which cyclists won the 2017 Giro d’Italia? Send your answer to comps@sportsbookofthemonth.com no later than 28th February 2018 (read review)

Klopp: Bring the Noise By Raphael Honigstein

Release date: 07th February, 2018
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press

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Released his week in paperback, Klopp: Bring the Noise could be described as a fascinating tale of a work in progress. However, one wonders whether the Liverpool manager’s all-out attacking strategies, notwithstanding the recent acquisition of Virgil van Dijk, will yield success for Liverpool. Until they recruit a reliable goalkeeper, Liverpool will continue to leak 10-12 points a season, despite their play being every bit as exciting as that of Manchester City. (read review)



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SBOTM Current Top 10

A Clear Blue Sky By Jonny Bairstow with Duncan Hamilton
Harper Collins
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The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics By Michael Cox
Harper Collins
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Through Sand and Snow By Charlie Walker
Charlie Walker
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Graham Taylor: In His Own Words By Graham Taylor
Peloton Books
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Lillee and Thommo The Deadly Pair’s Reign of Terror By Ian Brayshaw
Hardie Grant
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Unbreakable By Jelena Dokic with Jess Halloran
Ebury Press
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Running: Cheaper Than Therapy By Chas Newkey-Burden
Bloomsbury Sport
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In The Zone How Champions Think and Win Big By Martin Brolin
Blink Publishing
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Re: Cyclists 200 Years On Wheels By Michael Hutchinson
Bloomsbury Sport
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Klopp: Bring the Noise By Raphael Honigstein
Yellow Jersey Press
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