New and Coming Soon in Sport
'We're playing for the people who hate their jobs, who'd love our lives.'
Award-winning sports writer Michael Calvin turned up for the first day of pre-season training at Millwall FC and 333 days later he sat among the subs at Wembley.
Intimate and compelling, Calvin's book vividly portrays players and management as family men, close to their roots: Forget the glitz of the Premier League - this is the beautiful game in all its raucus glory, essential reading for anyone whom football is a way of life.
"Imagine the moral outcry if the banks started recruiting boys as young as nine, training them up, and then trading them between each other. That’s the reality of youth football today." Multi-award winning author, Mike Calvin is building a reputation as one of the finest sports writers currently at work. The first two books in his football trilogy, The Nowhere Men and Living on the Volcano, looked at talent scouting and football managers respectively. Now, in No Hunger in Paradise, Calvin has turned his investigative eye on the world of youth football. Exclusively for Waterstones he introduces a world of secrecy, pressure, financial gain and staggering human cost.
The challenges of a cricket captain are manifold; selection, field-placings, dressing room egos, to name but a few. The amateur captain can add to that simply trying to field 11 players for the game. Charlie Campbell has captained the Authors XI in over 150 matches and he shares his love of the game in his latest book, Herding Cats. Here he offers a wonderfully witty and engaging introduction to the pitfalls & perils of the art of amateur cricket captaincy.
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.