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1. Blue Water Stories from a Life Afloat (Large Print 16pt) - Lindsay Wright

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Blue Water is a collection of true adventure stories from a writer in love with the sea From an action-packed journey to the Arctic ice pack, encounters with whales and storms, to rescuing a derelict yacht - only to later be washed ashore on a New Zealand beach - Lindsay Wright has experienced it all. His writing conveys the range of emotions felt by the sailor - the sheer joy of soaring over the waves like a tern, the satisfaction of navigating using only a sextant and the stars instead of a modern-day GPS receiver - and reflects on the spiritual bond between seafarers. Blue Water is a book for all those who hear the call of the ocean and dream of when they can next go down to the sea.

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2. A Dream of Jewelled Fishes - John Aston

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3. A Game of Our Own The Origins of Australian Football (Large Print 16pt) - Geoffrey Blainey

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Today Australian Rules football is a multi - million - dollar business' with superstar players' high - profile presidents and enough scandals to fill a soap opera. The game has changed beyond recognition - or has it? In A Game of Our Own' esteemed historian Geoffrey Blainey documents the birth of our great national game. Who were the characters and champions of the early days of Australian football? How was the VFL formed? Why was the umpire's job so difficult? Blainey takes a sceptical look at the idea that the game had its origins in Ireland or in Aboriginal pastimes. Instead he demonstrates that footy was a series of inventions. The game played in 1880 was very different to that of 1860' just as the game played today is different again. Journey back to an era when the ground was not oval' when captains acted as umpires' when players wore caps and jerseys bearing forgotten colours and kicked a round ball that soon lost its shape. A Game of Our Own is a fascinating social history and a compulsory read for all true fans of the game.

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4. Arthur Lydiard Master Coach - Garth Gilmour

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Arthur Lydiard was the most successful and influential running coach of the last fifty years. He burst into prominence at the Rome Olympics in 1960 when two of his protgs, Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, won Olympic gold medals on the same day. His team of runners, trained to brilliance, went on to dominate international track and marathon running for two decades. During this time he developed and perfected his revolutionary endurance-based training system designed to help any athlete become a better runner. Worldwide adoption of his technique by other running coaches, and by many coaches in other sports, has seen Lydiard-conditioned athletes winning Olympic, international and national titles and breaking records by the score. Lydiard also made possibly the greatest individual contribution to world health and fitness in history: his promotion of jogging has influenced millions of people around the globe. In Arthur Lydiard: Master Coach, with his long-time friend and co-author Garth Gilmour, he tells the full story of his remarkable life, from his early years in New Zealand to his coaching experiences in Finland, Mexico, Venezuela and elsewhere around the world. One of just 20 holders of New Zealand's highest honour, the Order of New Zealand, he has also been awarded Finland's premier honour, the White Star. Arthur Lydiard passed away December 11, 2004.

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5. Barry the Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene MBE - Steve Parrish, Nick Harris

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6. Black Obsession The All Black's Quest for World Cup Success - Gregor Paul

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To coincide with the commencement of the 2009 Bledisloe Cup Series and with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, Exisle Publishing proudly releases Gregor Paul's controversial new book Black Obsession. This explosive book examines why it is that the world's greatest Rugby nation continues to fail in their quest for World Cup glory. Since the first World Cup in 1987, the All Blacks have amassed a winning record that is far superior to any other country. Yet by the time the next World Cup rolls around in 2011, it will be 24 years since the All Blacks have been world champions. How can that be? This very readable book draws some provocative conclusions on why New Zealand no longer produces great leaders and why rugby remains such an important part of the national psyche. Part travel guide, part social history and part self-help manual, it is the ideal book for all those fans who can't help steering conversations towards All Black World Cup failures.

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7. Bottom of the 33rd LP: Hope and Redemption in Baseball's Longes - Dan Barry

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8. Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Su - Matthew Syed

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9. Bowled Over (Large Print 16pt) - Oriard

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In this compellingly argued and deeply personal book, respected sports historian Michael Oriard--who was himself a former second-team All-American at Notre Dame--explores a wide range of trends that have changed the face of big-time college football and transformed the role of the student-athlete. Oriard considers such issues as the politicization of football in the 1960s and the implications of the integration of college football. The heart of the book examines a handful of decisions by the NCAA in the early seventies--to make freshmen eligible to play, to lower admission standards, and, most critically, to replace four-year athletic scholarships with one-year renewable scholarships--that helped transform student-athletes into athlete-students and turned the college game into a virtual farm league for professional football. Oriard then traces the subsequent history of the sport as it has tried to grapple with the fundamental contradiction of college football as both extracurricular activity and multi-billion-dollar mass entertainment. The relentless necessity to pursue revenue, Oriard argues, undermines attempts to maintain academic standards, and it fosters a football culture in which athletes are both excessively entitled and exploited .As a former college football player, Oriard brings a unique perspective to his topic, and his sympathies are always with the players and for the game. This original and compelling study will interest everyone concerned about the future of college football.

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10. Brawl A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Mixed Martial Arts Competition (Large Print 16pt) - Erich Krauss, Bret Aita

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting pits masters of every kind of combat - street fighting, sumo, judo - in matches broadcast around the world. This book chronicles the turbulent history of MMA fighting from its inception in the Greek Olympic Games, through its glorification in Japan to its growing popularity as an American sport. Through personal interviews with legendary fighters, Krauss offers a detailed look into that world of absolute intensity, the MMA - a world of honour, vendettas, and drunken back - alley scraps.

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11. Breaking the Slump: How Great Players Survived Their Darkest Mom - Jimmy Roberts

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12. Brim Full of Passion Large Print - Alan Wilkinson, Wasim Khan

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Adult, sports autobiography, printed in Large Print. Brim Full of Passion follows the story of Wasim Khan's journey to becoming the first British born Asian to play professional cricket. Eight-year-old Wasim Khan yanks a board out of the garden fence, nicks his Mum's only decent knife, and starts whittling. A month later he's putting his first bat to good use: sending the school's tennis balls high onto the roof so that he can sneak back over the gate at night and liberate them. Brim Full of Passion follows this son of Kashmiri immigrants from the grimy streets of Small Heath to leafy Edgbaston, where he breaks in through the fence to watch England play Pakistan. A year later he's there legitimately, batting for the under-13s. The dream is simple: Warwickshire, England, the world. After four gruelling years as an apprentice pro he makes the all-conquering Bears team of 1995, and is on the brink of the England 'A' squad. But a loss of form, a dodgy selection policy, and one of the first British-born Asians to make the country grade loses his confidence. A move to Sussex is a disaster: he falls out with captain Chris Adams, can't get a game, and winds up playing for Derbyshire for nothing. At 30 it's all over and he's embarking on a new career as a coach. Anything to stay in the game he loves.

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13. Chris & Nancy The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide & Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death (Large Print 16pt) - Irvin Muchnick

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The Benoit murder - suicide in 2007 was one of the most shocking stories of the year, and a seminal event in the history of wrestling. It laid bare the devastating prevalence of steroids and its effects on users.
In order to tackle the whole story, dig up the facts, and connect the dots, Irvin Muchnick gives the most sensational scandal in pro wrestling history the full true - crime treatment in Chris & Nancy.
Muchnick - the author of Wrestling Babylon and a co - author of Benoit: Wrestling with the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport - has parsed public records and interviewed dozens of witnesses, inside and outside wrestling, to put together the first thorough and authoritative events of the gruesome June 2007 weekend in Fayette County, Georgia, during which World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Chris Benoit murdered his wife Nancy and their seven - year - old son Daniel, before proceeding to kill himself.
But this book goes beyond the crime itself to answer some of the most important questions behind it. The biography of Benoit, a wrestler's wrestler, makes it clear that his tragedy was a microcosm of the culture of drugs and death behind the scenes of one of North America's most popular brand of sports entertainment. The author probes the story of the massive supplies of steroids and human growth hormone found in his home - all prescribed by a ''doctor to the stars'' who got indicted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and all dismissed by a WWE ''wellness policy'' that promoted everything except its talent's wellness. The Benoit case led to unprecedented scrutiny of wrestling's overall health and safety standards, by Congressional investigators and others, and this book is the primary source of what they found and what they should continue to look for.

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14. Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship on and Off the Court - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

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15. Contemporary Athletics & Ancient Greek Ideals (Large Print 16pt) - Daniel A. Dombrowski

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Despite their influence in our culture, sports inspire dramatically less philosophical consideration than such ostensibly weightier topics as religion, politics, or science. Arguing that athletic playfulness coexists with serious underpinnings, and that both demand more substantive attention, Daniel Dombrowski harnesses the insights of ancient Greek thinkers to illuminate contemporary athletics. Dombrowski contends that the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus shed important light on issues - such as the pursuit of excellence, the concept of play, and the power of accepting physical limitations while also improving one's body - that remain just as relevant in our sports-obsessed age as they were in ancient Greece. Bringing these concepts to bear on contemporary concerns, Dombrowski considers such questions as whether athletic competition can be a moral substitute for war, whether it necessarily constitutes war by other means, and whether it encourages fascist tendencies or ethical virtue. The first volume to philosophically explore twenty-first-century sport in the context of its ancient predecessor, Contemporary Athletics and Ancient Greek Ideals reveals that their relationship has great and previously untapped potential to inform our understanding of human nature.

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16. Destination-The Winner's Circle Devotions for Every Leg of Life's Race (Large Print 16pt) - Brad Henry

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Destination - The Winner's Circle is a series of devotions for anyone who is searching for the meaning of life, pain, trials, and success. Based on Brad Henry's racing experiences in college as a long - distance runner and his current work with NASCAR. The challenges of the death of a parent, financial ruin, a devastating divorce, and a child born with autism sent the author on a quest for life's meaning. Brad Henry will guide you through every leg of life's race, opening the way to ultimate victory, through Christ Jesus, in every aspect of your life.

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17. Don't Call Me Joey The Wit and Wisdom of Albert Belle (Large Print 16pt) - Albert Belle

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The comprehensive collection of the wit and wisdom of one of the great hitters in baseball today - and its biggest jerk: former Cleveland Indian and current Chicago White Sox left fielder Albert (''Don't Call Me Joey'') Belle. Albert Belle on hitting: ''RBI's win games... and they can make you a ton of money.''
Albert Belle on his reputation as a jerk: ''I'm moody. I know that. I've made some mistakes. But if I was a bad person, would someone pay me dollar 55 million...?'' Albert Belle after nearly running over a trick - or - treating teenager who had egged the slugger's home in Cleveland on Halloween: ''As soon as I caught up with him, I slammed on the brakes... The truck kind of skidded, and it slid and bumped him. He fell down... [then] he jumped back up and started running... It's a shame when people target athletes. If they had done the same thing to my next - door neighbor and he had chased them, they wouldn't have filed a report... ''
Don't Call Me Joey brings you the full story, told in his own words, of one of the most disagreeable sports figures in recent memory, the most loathed pro baseball player since Ty Cobb. It's all here - Belle's tirades and scufflings with reporters, including a profane outburst leveled at NBC reporter Hanna Storm during the 1996 World Series (which earned him an unprecedented dollar 50,000 fine); his beaning of a fan with a baseball during a game; his high - speed chase of two Cleveland teenagers who had egged his house on Halloween; his unprovoked hit - and - run on dimin - utive Milwaukee second baseman, Fernando Vina; his obscene gestures to heckling Indians fans; his hate - hate relationship with the media; and his non - appearance (for his own safety) at the 1997 All - Star Game, held in Cleveland, where he had played for nearly a decade.

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18. Earnhardt Nation: The Full-Throttle Saga of NASCAR's First Family - Jay Busbee

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A colorful, fearless portrait of the larger-than-life first family of NASCAR, the Earnhardts, and the rise of the world's fastest stock car racing organization.

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19. Far Out Sailing Into a Disappearing World (Large Print 16pt) - Corinna Weyreter

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Tired of their careers in the oil industry, Corinna Weyreter and Gjalt van der Zee sailed away from the rat race in search of freedom and adventure in the fabled South Pacific. Taking only what could justify its space on their 41 - foot yacht, they abandoned materialism to discover how little a person really needs in order to be content. Trading with fishermen in Belize, learning desert island survival from the lone inhabitant of a Polynesian atoll, swimming with humpback whales beside the coral island of Niue, attending the wedding of a Chief's son in Vanuatu ... they entered an enchanting new world. But Earth is under threat from humanity. During a period when the human population doubled, animal species plummeted by more than a quarter. 41 percent of all oceans have been strongly affected by Man's activities, 19 percent of our coral reefs have died, and 29 percent of fisheries have collapsed. The young couple found a beautiful world beyond the urban sprawl and rampant consumerism of mankind, but its future is fragile. In Far Out, Corinna takes us into that disappearing world and shows us its fragility with sensitive first - hand knowledge.

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20. Fishing Season (Large Print 16pt) - Philip Weigall

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Let Philip Weigall transport you to your favourite river with this beautifully illustrated tribute to the art of fly fishing The fly fisherman is a sportsman like no other - he loves the sunlight dancing off a trout stream, the quiet reverie of an undisturbed lake, the reliance on intuition and instinct, the surreal beauty of his prey, his sport's ambiguous relationship with time, the heart-stopping moment of a surface strike by a large trout, the glory of a magnificent catch. 'I felt the first branches pluck the line like bony fingers on a guitar string, and then the trout was gone. I reeled in a broken tippet, simultaneously exhilarated and disappointed. What can you do with a fish like that?' Take a journey through a Fishing Season, a year full of challenges and victories, disappointments and frustrations, but most of all, quiet happiness. Philip's prose is lucid, and his reflection on the sport he loves is engaging. Avid anglers will find plenty to love in Fishing Season, but this is a book that also appeals to a wider audience, opening the door to a world few of us experience. Lively, entertaining anecdotes, whether lovingly remembered or wryly bemoaned, will have you itching to pick up a rod and undertake your own adventure. A professional fly fishing guide and writer, Philip's years of experience and time on the water have been sorted through and summarised in Fishing Season. What results is the most exciting book on this topic in many years. Fishing Season is a gorgeous production and would make an excellent gift.

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