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  1. A History of Test Cricket

    by Liam Hauser

    9781742577579 | Paperback | 600 pages

    A History of Test Cricket explores every Test series that has been played with nearly 140 years of Test cricket history in one easy-to-follow book. Each Test-playing country is included, from heavyweights England and Australia to Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
    A History of Test Cricket features all the information and essential statistics the casual cricket fan or budding historian needs, to understand the grand history of Test cricket around the globe, alongside biographies of notable Test players from each country.

    Compiled by cricket historian and sports writer Liam Hauser, A History of Test Cricket is a vital reference book that will settle many arguments along the way.

    This is Liam Hauser’s fourth book. His other books include A Century of Cricket Tests, which was published in 2013.


    £16.99
  2. Fishing Knots and Rigs

    by Dick Lewers

    9781741101966 | Softcover | 78 pages | 296 x 237 x 54 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

    The essential guide for fishermen of all levels.

    Reel your friends in with a superior knowledge of fishing knots and rigs for all occasions. The essential guide for fishermen of all levels, Dick Lewers Fishing Knots and Rigs is the tackle-box sized guide you certainly won't be throwing back. Bursting with comprehensive diagrams, simple explanations and practical hints, Fishing Knots and Rigs brings new meaning to phrases like "snoozing"" and ""eye splice


    £6.99
  3. The Test of the Century

    by Barry Nicholls

    9781742577753 | Paperback with flaps

    The Centenary Test was played in March 1977 to commemorate the match that is considered to be the very first Test match, played in 1877. Both the 1877 and 1977 matches were played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia. Remarkably, Australia won both matches by exactly the same margin, 45 runs.

    But behind the scenes, a war was raging _ mogul Kerry Packer would sign up the cream of both teams for his World Cricket Series (WSC) later that year.
    The Centenary Test was full of controversy and heroics _ Rick McCosker's broken jaw; Rod Marsh's century; Derek Randall being recalled when he was given out on 161 and finally, England failing by 45 runs the same result from 100 years before.

    Players from both teams are interviewed and the match placed in its historical context with a description of the tumultuous behind the scenes manoeuvers by both the Australian and England cricket Boards to stave off Kerry Packer s rebel competition _ World Series Cricket!


    £14.99
  4. Mad Dogs and Englishmen

    by Ian Collis

    9781742578385 | Hardback | 240 x 166 x 32 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

    Mad Dogs and Englishman go out in the midday sun _ so sang Noel Coward about the great game of cricket, which has been played around the world since the 1880s. This amazing collection of rare photos shows the games in all its glory throughout many eras.
    Including more than 150 rare photos of all the greats such as W.G. Grace, Warwick Armstrong, Don Bradman, Dennis Compton, Richie Bernaud, just to name a few, Mad Dogs and Englishmen offers the reader the chance to get a front seat view of the fashions, playing fields and trends of international cricket throughout the ages.
    Filled with bizarre and unusual images of everything cricket related, from scoreboards to spectators and special moments, each image is accompanied by pithy captions and essential trivia, making this is the ideal gift book for the cricket fan, or those who want to take a step back in time to revisit nostalgic memories.


    £12.99
  5. A Complete History of Rugby World Cup

    by Lance Peatey

    9781742578484 | Paperback | 484 x 372 x 228 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

    This third edition captures all the drama and excitement across the eight tournaments played from 1987 to 2015, and is a must read for newly initiated fans and devotees of the game they play in heaven .

    A Complete History of the Rugby World Cup touches on the history of rugby union, and its evolution to professionalism, while also recounting the heated boardroom politics that played out before the pinnacle event was first established. This third edition captures all the drama and excitement across the eight tournaments played from 1987 to 2015, and is a must read for newly initiated fans and devotees of the game they play in heaven .Every four years rugby union teams go head-to head for global supremacy to claim The Webb Ellis Cup, the winners trophy affectionately known as Bill .

    Every four years rugby union teams go head-to head for global supremacy to claim The Webb Ellis Cup, the winners trophy affectionately known as Bill . From an amateur festival of rugby in 1987 to the record-breaking tournament hosted by England in 2015, the Rugby World Cup is now the third largest sporting event in the world and a lifeblood for the growth of the game internationally.
    A Complete History of the Rugby World Cup touches on the history of rugby union, and its evolution to professionalism, while also recounting the heated boardroom politics that played out before the pinnacle event was first established. This third edition captures all the drama and excitement across the eight tournaments played from 1987 to 2015, and is a must read for newly initiated fans and devotees of the game they play in heaven .Every four years rugby union teams go head-to head for global supremacy to claim The Webb Ellis Cup, the winners trophy affectionately known as Bill .

    From an amateur festival of rugby in 1987 to the record-breaking tournament hosted by England in 2015, the Rugby World Cup is now the third largest sporting event in the world and a lifeblood for the growth of the game internationally. A Complete History of the Rugby World Cup touches on the history of rugby union, and its evolution to professionalism, while also recounting the heated boardroom politics that played out before the pinnacle event was first established. This third edition captures all the drama and excitement across the eight tournaments played from 1987 to 2015, and is a must read for newly initiated fans and devotees of the game they play in heaven .


    £16.99
  6. 101 Great Football Players

    by Colin Mitchell

    9781742575872 | Hardback | 286 x 234 x 28 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

    101 Great Football Players profiles the best and brightest players in the beautiful game today. From veterans such as Lionel Messi and Frank Lampard, to promising up-and-comers like Jack Wilshere and Edinson Cavani, the chosen 101 have all made, or look set to make, an indelible impression on the game.
    Each entry covers the player s history in the sport, from junior levels to the top leagues in Europe and worldwide, with details of transfer fees, awards and international turnouts. Revealing quotes from team-mates, opponents and coaches, and extra time insights into the players personal quirks and backgrounds, will keep readers fully informed. Featuring an incredible array of images from the Shoot magazine archives, and presented in glorious large-format hardback, 101 Great Football Players is the perfect gift for football fans, or for anyone who wants an insight into the best and most likely performers in top-tier football today.


    £19.99
  7. English Football In The Modern Era

    by Jon Reeves

    9781742578095 | Hardback | 257 x 202 x 12 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

    The English Premier League is the most popular club competition in the world. Since the restructuring of the League in 1992 it has been appreciated by fans from around the world and many of the 20 competing teams have become iconic sporting brands.

    The League has been dominated by the success of super clubs Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal over the past 23 seasons but many other teams have enjoyed their moment in the sun _ not least Blackburn Rovers, who broke the big four monopoly and won the 1994 95 title. The pursuit for European Champions League qualifying positions and the yearly battle for promotion and relegation have also provided great drama.

    This comprehensive book with hundreds of images and statistics, chronicles the full history of the Premier League, season by season.


    £24.99
  8. The 100 Greatest Cricketers

    by Geoff Armstrong

    9781742577906 | Hardback with jacket | 400 pages

    Revised and Updated

    Almost 2,500 people have played in Test cricket, from the inaugural Test in March 1877 to today. To reduce this list to the best 100 worldwide, is an imposing task, but it is also one that is guaranteed to provide an argument amongst those with an eye for the game's history and its greatest players.
    Geoff Armstrong has thoroughly updated all the statistics in the book that have changed since its first successful release and two cricketers have failed to make the top 100. Out goes Herbie Taylor and in comes Graeme Smith. Out goes Andrew Flintoff on his retirement and in comes Kevin Pietersen. Andy Flower and Inzaman, hovering at 97 and 98 respectively, are also updated to acknowledge the form of Sangakkara and Yousuf. Other great moments are recognized such as Ricky Ponting's form during the 2009 Ashes series and Matthew Hayden's performance during the 2007 World Cup.


    £19.99
  9. The Establishment Boys

    by Barry Nicholls

    9781742577067 | Hardback with jacket | 305 pages | 253 x 203 x 26 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

    This is the story of the Test matches, the series and the tours during the 1977- 79 Australian cricket seasons, in which the untried and largely unappreciated
    Establishment Boys carried Australia' s cricketing banner. What effect did this brief time in the spotlight have on the players involved, their careers, families, lives? Who flourished and who didn't? Some players like Allan Border, Kim Hughes, Rodney Hogg and Bruce Yardley found mainstream success when the warring cricket factions reconciled in 1979. The efforts of others, including Graham Yallop, Rick Darling, Craig Serjeant, Gary Cosier and Peter Toohey were either derided by the press or their careers thrown on the scrapheap.
    This is their story.

    During the 1977/ 78 and 1978/ 79 cricket seasons, there were two Australian cricket teams existing in seemingly parallel universes: the glamorous, rock-star players of World Series Cricket run by media mogul Kerry Packer; and the traditional Australian Test team made up of young, poorly-paid players who represented their country in the established international Test arena.
    Incredibly, four decades later we know more than ever about the characters and plottwists of the WSC saga, but the story of the players who stuck solid to the Australian Cricket Board is largely forgotten or simply unknown.
    Former cricketer, now radio journalist and sportswriter, Barry Nicholls sets the record straight by tracking down those once-young men fairly or unfairly known as The Establishment Boys .

    As the 40th anniversary of the great schism looms, Barry Nicholls skilfully and sympathetically revisits this tumultuous time and allows the Establishment Boys to step out of the shadows and for once become the centre of attention.

     


    £18.99
  10. Retro Cricket

    by Ian Collis

    9781742576589 | Padded Hardcover | 320 pages | 270 x 215 x 15 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

    Retro Cricket is a celebration of the game from the end of World War II to the end of the 1970s _ the great series, the very best players, the controversies and the amazing crowd-filled ovals. With many new and rarely seen images it is a book for all generations to be enjoyed by those who love the game, no matter what age.

    Take a stroll through cricket's sporting history; enjoy the retro years of cricket before the game was changed forever and became the multi-million dollar, year-round sporting roller-coaster it is today.


    £19.99
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