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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: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk




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The Autobiography By Alastair Cook With Michael Calvin

Release date: 05th September, 2019
Publisher: Michael Joseph

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Following England at any mainstream sport requires great quantities of blind optimism and often unrealistic hope, coupled with a willingness to accept disappointment, especially when matters appear to be going well. (read review)

Joe Louis The Rise and Fall of the Brown Bomber By Tom Myler

Release date: 18th September, 2019
Publisher: Pitch Publishing

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Joe Louis dominated the world of heavyweight boxing for more than a decade from the mid-1930s, his appeal considerably enhanced after he knocked out the German Max Schmeling inside the first round on the eve of World War II. (read review)

Money Can’t Buy Us Love: Everton in the 1960s By Gavin Buckland

Release date: 13th August, 2019
Publisher: DeCoubertin Books

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Whenever a definitive social history of modern English football is written, the author will find the early 1960s a perfect start point. More specifically, he or she will spend time highlighting Everton’s pivotal role in creating a football business model that was eventually adopted by every ambitious club in the land. Everton were perhaps the first to accommodate a rich, powerful benefactor who used his wealth to reinvigorate an already big club, “taking English football into unchartered territory at the time,” according to Gavin Buckland in Money Can’t Buy Us Love. (read review)

The Boxer’s Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps By Nathan Shapow with Bob Harris

Release date: 16th August, 2019
Publisher: Biteback Publishing

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First published in hardback in 2013, Nathan Shapow’s The Box¬er’s Sto¬ry: Fight¬ing for My Life in the Nazi Camps, co-authored by sports¬writer Bob Har¬ris, is now available in paperback . The press release accompanying the book calls it “an extraordinary and powerful true story that reads like a thriller. It will deeply affect everyone who reads it.” Ordinarily, such releases can be ignored; not this one. (read review)

Smokin’ Joe The Life of Joe Frazier By Mark Kram Jr

Release date: 07th August, 2019
Publisher: Blackstone

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If it can be argued that the 1970s represented boxing’s golden age – and few would disagree – then it was the period’s greatest rivalry between Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali which defined the sport . Despite this, Frazier received nowhere near sufficient acclaim for his status as the undisputed world heavyweight champion between 1970-73. (read review)

Astroball The New Way to Win it All By Ben Reiter

Release date: 20th July, 2019
Publisher: Backpage

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As the sports industry becomes more professional and the rewards on offer grow to almost unimaginable levels, so the use and analysis of data increases exponentially. The sports industry uses data analysis to increase revenue, improve player performance, team quality and to prevent injury, among other things. Not surprisingly, analysts capable of interpreting this data are in demand as sporting institutions develop entire departments devoted to statistical analysis; their modus operandi is to help establish a competitive advantage. (read review)

The Great Romantic Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus By Duncan Hamilton

Release date: 30th July, 2019
Publisher: Hodder & Staughton

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Unwavering admiration for consummate cricket writer and broadcaster John Arlott first drew Duncan Hamilton to Sir Neville Cardus. In 1973, Arlott interviewed the rake-thin Cardus for three, 25-minute programmes for the BBC. Hamilton watched each one and concluded that if Arlott considered Cardus’s prose incomparable, “then no other reference to support the claim was required. I had to read Cardus,” he writes. (read review)

Guiding Me Home and Away By Dave Thomas

Release date: 27th September, 2019
Publisher: Hornet Books

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Like so many others sporting memories, the permanent image of Dave Thomas flying down the wing is filed away in the mind’s deepest recesses. We always remember our sporting heroes as they were rather than what they become; the ageing process take no account of how many international caps they may have won. Nevertheless, we imagine that because they were so fit, so dedicated, sportsmen and women will remain sprightly well into old age. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily follow. Doddie Weir and Stiliyan Petrov, for instance, are two who succumbed to diseases capable of affecting anyone of us; our sporting heroes are human after all. (read review)

The ‘Got Not Got’ Football Gift Book by Derek Hammond & Gary Silke

Release date: 01st October, 2019
Publisher: Conker Editions

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Those of us who began attending our first matches in the 1960s and 70s will undoubtedly recall a much different game to the one which nowadays is never off our television (and other) screens. Fortunately, Derek Hammond and Gary Silke have compiled and written Got Not Got Football Gift Book, sub-titled ‘Every fan’s catalogue of desires’ for those of us who remember how things used to be back in the day. (read review)

The Three Kings The Makers of Modern Football By Leo Moynihan

Release date: 20th October, 2019
Publisher: Quercus

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We have a copy of The Three Kings to give away. To win this prize, correctly answer the following question: Which team won the European Cup in 1969? Send your answers to: comps@sportsbookofthemonth.com by 5 November 2019 Good luck! (read review)



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The Autobiography By Alastair Cook With Michael Calvin
Michael Joseph
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Joe Louis The Rise and Fall of the Brown Bomber By Tom Myler
Pitch Publishing
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Money Can’t Buy Us Love: Everton in the 1960s By Gavin Buckland
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The Boxer’s Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps By Nathan Shapow with Bob Harris
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Smokin’ Joe The Life of Joe Frazier By Mark Kram Jr
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Astroball The New Way to Win it All By Ben Reiter
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The Great Romantic Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus By Duncan Hamilton
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Guiding Me Home and Away By Dave Thomas
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