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2017’s sporting calendar looks set to provide drama galore with some fantastic books to accompany your viewing and participation. We are really looking forward to the new cricket book Herding Cats from Charlie Campbell, James Brown’s ode to five-a-side football, Above Head Heightand Leap In from Running Like a Girl author Alexandra Heminsley.  Michael Calvin's No Hunger In Paradise is also certain to be a highlight in football writing.

 If getting fit is high on your list of new year resolutions, we have all the inspiration you need to get the ball rolling - try L. J. Flanders' (captivating?) new Cell Workout or let Paula Radcliffe teach you How to Run.

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Success without Excess: A Letter from Tom Daley

With Christmas now over, Olympian Tom Daley would like to offer us an alternative to the usual January crash diets and gruelling exercise regimes. His new book, Tom's Daily Plan, is an antidote to such fads; it outlines a health and fitness programme that is not only accessible to all, but easy to stick to long-term. The following introductory letter was written by Tom exclusively to Waterstones customers.

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Leap In: A Guide to Taking Your Swimming to the Next Level

Alexandra Heminsley won a legion of fans with her effervescent Running Like a Girl, her manifesto-cum-memoir  for anyone who has looked on with sadness at their running shoes lying discarded in the hall. Now Heminsley weaves the same magic in Leap In, her spellbinding account of challenging our basic fears of the water and rediscovering an almost spiritual new realm. Basic questions around swimming however abound, and in the following extract from the book, the author assembles her top tips toward diving into a new life of fitness and meaningful pleasure.

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Dive In To 2017

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