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 Height, and 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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James Brown is probably most known for founding the culture-defining magazine Loaded and his subsequent helming of GQ: these days, Brown is a frequent contributor to the media, including his hugely popular talkSport podcast, The Late Tackle. Above Head Height – a book Tony Parsons has already called ‘the Fever Pitch of five-a-side’ – explores Brown’s passion for the amateur game, collating hundreds of real-life tales of cameraderie, commitment and comedy.
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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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