IT’S a sensational summer of sport, not only for TV viewers but for ardent readers as well.
The bookshelves are heaving with superb sporting literature, and we are we’ve teamed up with our old friends from Waterstones to present another great competition for sporting bookworms.
From How to Watch the Olympics, essential reading for those interested in the 2012 London Games, to a compelling profile of outspoken cricket great Fred Trueman, there’s plenty at Waterstones for every sports fan this summer.
The winner of our competition will receive a £100 Waterstones voucher to choose his or her own perfect summer reading.
To give you some ideas of books our lucky winner can choose from, here is a list of ten top sporting reads for the summer at Waterstones:
n Fred Trueman by Chris Waters (Aurum £8.99): The untold story of the outspoken and belligerent cricketer, who lived up to his nickname Fiery Fred.
n La Roja by Jimmy Burns (Simon & Schuster £18.99): Acclaimed sports writer Jimmy Burns examines the rise of Spanish football to become the most admired brand in the world.
n How to Watch the Olympics by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton (Profile £8.99): Witty, insightful book offering the story behind each Olympics sport, with diagrams to explain its finer points.
n Engage by Paul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster £7.99: A close friend’s account of how Matt Hampson’s life was changed forever by a cruel rugby injury.
n A Life Too Short by Ronald Reng (Yellow Jersey £8.99): The heartfelt story of a German international goalkeeper, Robert Enke, driven to suicide.
n Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn (Faber £14.99): A British athlete packs his spikes for Kenya, to find out just what makes the African nation’s runners so good.
n The Big Fight by Sugar Ray Leonard (Ebury £11.99): Artist and showman as well as boxer, the inspiring autobiography of one of the world’s great fighters.
n Racing Through The Dark by David Millar (Orion £8.99): Millar holds nothing back in this tale of a top cycling career destroyed by drug-taking.
n Manchester City Ruined my Life by Colin Shindler (Headline £16.99): A City fan’s personal account of the club’s rise from League Two in 1999 to the top of the football tree.
n Gold Rush by Michael Johnson (Harper Sport £8.99): A living icon of the Olympic Games, a compelling account of the making of an athletics champion.
All 10 books are available at Waterstones and online at www.waterstones.com. Our winner can spend his/her £100 voucher on any books and need not select any of the above 10.
To enter, answer the following question: Fred Trueman played cricket for which county for 20 years?
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Entries must reach us by Monday, June 11. On that date, a winner will be selected at random from all the correct entries received and will be notified by phone.
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