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Faster Than Lightning: My Autobiography

Authors: Usain Bolt, Matt Allen

Publisher: HarperSport (2013)

The autobiography of the fastest man of all time and a superstar whose talent and charisma have made him one of the most famous people on the planet. Whether you know Athletics or not, and even whether you know sport or not, chances are you know Usain Bolt. The fastest man on the planet, not just now but ever, Usain has won the hearts of people everywhere with his mind-blowing performances and his infectious charisma – uniting supporters around the world. In this, his full autobiography, Usain tells his story in his own words: from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom at Beijing and on to the new heights of superstardom he has reached since lighting up London 2012. Full of the charm and charisma that has made him the most popular sporting figure of our time and a universal celebrity, this is a book that Usain’s millions of fans will love.

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Fever Pitch

Author: Nick Hornby

Publisher: Penguin Classics (2012)

The Twentieth Anniversary Edition As a young boy, growing up in London and watching his parents' marriage fall apart, Nick Hornby - author of High Fidelity, About a Boy and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree - had little sense of home. Then his dad took him to Highbury. Arsenal's football ground would become the source of many of the strongest feelings he'd ever have: joy, humiliation, heartbreak, frustration and hope. In this hilarious, moving and now-classic book, he vividly depicts his childhood life, his time as a teacher, and his first loves (after football), all through the prism of the game, as he insightfully and brilliantly explores obsession, and the way it can shape a life.

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Fingers In The Sparkle Jar: A Memoir

Author: Chris Packham

Publisher: Ebury Press (2016)

Tadpoles stew in jam jars on a hot windowsill alongside feathers, eggs, skulls and Airfix Spitfires, all in line, all in order and all catalogued in his world of essential symmetry. Entranced and obsessed, armed with boundless curiosity and a Raleigh Chopper, free to roam sixties suburbia and gawp in wonder in pet shops and spin beneath the ginormous skeletons of dinosaurs to the tunes of T.Rex, the young boy rejoices at the beauty of the natural world. And then he falls in love, with a bird, a Kestrel, and the summer they share on a scruffy scrap of wasteland defines his entire life.

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First And Last

Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1995)

Two stories that trace the course of a great writer’s life, and his relationship with New York Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925. After publication of his first novel, Other Voices, Other Room, his success was assured, though after publication of In Cold Blood he became the centre of a storm of controversy. ‘Master Misery’ is an early short story, while ‘La Côte Basque’ is part of his scandalous and unfinished final novel. He died in 1984. Many of his books are published in Penguin.

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Five Minutes Of Amazing: My Journey Through Dementia

Authors: Wendy Holden, Chris Graham

Publisher: Sphere (2016)

Chris, though, is an extraordinary human being. Having been handed nothing less than a death sentence, he decided overnight to stand up to this horrendous disease and do something to leave his mark before it was too late. And so it was that last year, Chris embarked on an awareness-raising 16,000-mile solo cycle around North America, armed only with his bike, a sense of humour, and some good old-fashioned British grit. Leaving his ever-supportive wife Vicky and baby son Dexter at home, he took on huge challenges - for instance, the fear that the ability to discern left from right might leave him at any point while navigating an entire continent - and made it home in time for Christmas, determined to spending however long he has left pouring his love and attention into his family life. Five Minutes of Amazing is both the story of Chris' epic journey and of his fight against the disease increasingly being recognised as the defining disease of our generation. Inspiring and heart-rending in equal measure, it's as important as it is moving, and it will touch everyone who reads it.

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Author: Mark Schultz

Publisher: Penguin (2014)

The Foxcatcher estate, Pennsylvania, January 1996. Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medallist and wrestling golden boy, is shot in the back by billionaire John du Pont. After a two day siege at the ranch du Pont is finally captured.

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Frame By Frame

Author: Dennis Taylor

Publisher: Queen Anne Press (1985)

First published in 1985, this is Dennis Taylor's story from his birth in 1949, to his debut as a professional snooker player in 1971, to his dramatic victories over rival Alex Higgins, to his world championship.

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Freddie - My World

Author: Andrew Flintoff

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2006)

Andrew Flintoff, the new England captain, is one of the most exciting sportsmen in the world, and, following the historic Ashes victory of 2005, one of the nation's best-loved and most instantly recognisable characters. 'Freddie Flintoff - My World' is a lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced book which includes a stunning series of photographs. In this book Freddie talks candidly about his fame, his family, the sport he loves and the effect it has had on his life since the incredible summer of 2005, when the England cricket team beat Australia and "Freddie Fever" gripped the country. This book is a must for all cricket and Freddie fans.

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Full Tilt: Ireland To India With A Bicycle

Author: Dervla Murphy

Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd (2010)

Shortly after her tenth birthday, Dervla Murphy decided to cycle to India. Almost 20 years later, she set out to achieve her ambition. Her epic journey began during the coldest winter in memory, taking her through Europe, Persia, Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan, and into India. This captivating account--Murphy's first--is an enchantment that holds the reader to the final page.

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Getting It Together

Author: John Harvey-Jones

Publisher: Heinemann (1991)

Sir John Harvey-Jones' memoirs reflect the experiences that shaped him into a successful captain of industry. The book covers his childhood in India, schooldays, naval experiences at war from the age of 17, post-war days in Germany and his 30 years at ICI.

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