Top New Sports Books

By Iffley Road. Posted: July 07, 2016

If you’re heading off on holiday soon and wondering what to read, here are five of our favourite new sports books.  We've included a mixture of autobiography/biography and factual books.

1. Today we die a little - The Rise & Fall of Emil Zatopek

By Richard Askwith

Richard Askwith, author of “Feet in the Clouds” uncovers the true story of one of the greatest runners ever, Emil Zatopek. Based on extensive research in the Czech Republic and access to Zatopek’s widow, we hear the real story as never told before. 

2. Twin Tracks

By Roger Bannister

Twin Tracks refers to the two main themes in the book, Bannister’s contributions to athletics (both as a competitor and administrator) and medicine. It also provides a great insight into life in postwar Britain and the great privilege Bannister and his contemporaries felt to be competing when so many, just a few years their senior, had lost their lives.

3. Find A Way

By Diana Nyad

Having heard Diana Nyad interviewed on Radio 4 recently we can’t wait to read this book. Aged 64, Diana Nyad set out to swim from Cuba to Florida, finally making it in 53 hours. Having attempted the swim four times before Diana’s messages were (i) Never, ever give up (ii) You’re never too old to chase your dreams and (iii) It looks like a solitary sport but it is a Team.

4. The Golden Rules

By Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman, best known as the coach for Michael Phelps presents the 10 concepts that he’s used throughout his career to help young athletes to achieve their dreams. These are applicable beyond swimming.

5. The Triathlon Training Book

By James Beckinsale 

Whether you’re a beginner or an established triathlete, this is a hugely useful guide to triathlon. Olympic Coach, James Beckinsale tackles each of the three disciplines separately, demonstrating how to become more efficient. The book also covers general Strength & Conditioning and how to personalize your training.

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