As Wimbledon’s lawns receive their final trim, Chris Froome gears up for a possible fourth Tour de France triumph and the Lions surge into another month of Antipodean combat, 2017’s exciting summer of sport is very much underway. We’ve got great publishing to match, hand-picked by @WstonesSport’s Matt Gardiner.
Brand New and Coming Soon for the Summer
The Only One that Counts: the Championships,Wimbledon: Monday 3rd - Sunday 16th July, 2017
Geoffrey Nicholson’s The Great Bike Race is the classic work which hooked so many British imaginations toward the glamour and drama of the world’s greatest cycling race. Lovingly and sensitively reissued by Velodrome Publishing some forty years after its first release, even today Nicholson’s text carries the raw power of all truly great sporting writing. From the reissue’s introduction, the Guardian's cycling correspodent William Fotheringham examines the book’s extensive legacy.
The Return of the Tour: Saturday 1st - Sunday 23rd July, 2017
British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand - Saturday 3rd June to Saturday 8th July
'After years of being side-lined women’s sports books are finally having their moment in the sun.' When it comes to sport books, writing about women in sport has traditionally been relegated to the margins; but thankfully the picture seems to be changing. A sports journalist and a passionate campaigner for equality in sport and fitness, Anna Kessel’s latest book Eat Sweat Play explores how and why society has kept women out of sport and highlights the ways in which women are reclaiming both their place in sport and in turn their own bodies. Here she offers her choice of the best women's sport writing, from new expert guides to women's health and fitness to revelatory sporting histories and personal testimonies of triumph over adversity.
Women in Sport
England v South Africa Test Series: Thursday 6th July - Friday 4th August
Michael Cox’s website Zonal Marking has become a magnet for those who live and breathe football tactics. The Mixer, out now in hardback, is his comprehensive analysis of how a new kind of tactical play sealed the success of the Premier League. Matt Gardiner sat down with Cox to talk back-passes, false nines and the future of English soccer.
Football's Big Kick-Off: The Premier League, Begins 12th August
Up to Speed on Road Racing Highlights