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Our sport selection pays homage to some of the sporting greats (and not so greats). From AFL to cricket, from cycling to fishing, there is something for any sports lover.

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Larrikins & Legends: The Untold Story of Carlton's Greatest EraCover Image, Larrikins and Legends

Dan Eddy
The Slattery Media Group
ISBN 9780987342829
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.95
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That Carlton team that I walked into in 1981, and went on to coach in two of the three premierships that they won over a four-year period, have not been recognised for the quality of team that they were; certainly not in comparison to the Brisbane, Hawthorns and Geelongs. They should go down, but don't go down, as one of the greatest teams over a period of four years, yet no one talks about them. That was the most talented group of footballers I think I've ever seen in one team; they had everything. They were a bunch of wild buggers, but they worked extremely hard." - David Parkin OAM (Carlton coach 1981-85, 1991-2000), February 2015. They were certainly a ragtag bunch men and they partied hard. But boy, could they play footy. In fact, over a four-year period, the team fielded by Carlton would win three premierships - winning 76 of its 98 matches for a winning percentage of 78 per cent - a feat which should surely rank the side next the modern-day powerhouses, The Brisbane Lions (2001-2004), Geelong (2007-2011) and Hawthorn (2012-2015) Remarkably, despite such outstanding successes, the Boys in Blue, as Parkin noted with his usual enthusiasm, are seldom mentioned when debate rages over who is the greatest football team in VFL/AFL history.


Ali: A LifeCover Image, Michael Clarke

Jonathon Eig
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 9781471155932
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 49.99
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2017. SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR. WINNER OF THE PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING. The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career. When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world's most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see. In Jonathan Eig's ground-breaking biography, backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century.


The Art of CyclingCover Image, The Art of Cycling

Cadel Evans
ABC Books
ISBN 9780733338496
Trade paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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The bestselling autobiography of a cycling legend and winner of the 2011 Tour de France On the afternoon of Sunday, the first of February 2015, Cadel Evans crossed the finish line in the first-ever race of the event that would immortalise his name: the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. At that moment, an extraordinary cycling career, spanning 20 years and more than 750 professional races, came to a close. Now, looking back on his journey, Cadel Evans tells his story of the races and moments that mattered. Ranging from the dirt tracks of his early 1990s mountain-biking days to the Tour de France's famous podium in 2011 and beyond, The Art of Cycling is a tale of potential realised and ambition fulfilled. It's also the inspiring story of a young boy from the Australian bush, whose focus, talent and dedication conquered the elite world of international cycling in an era when few Australians competed, let alone won. Famous in the sport for his meticulous preparation and as an athlete who prided himself on his ability to give his all, Evans writes with forensic detail about the triumphs, the frustrations, the training, the preparation, the psychology of the sport, his contemporaries, the legends, the controversies and, above all, his enduring love of cycling.


Great Australian Test Cricket StoriesCover Image, Great Australian Test Cricket Stories

Ashley Mallett
ABC Books
ISBN 9780733337956
Trade paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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An entertaining collection of insider yarns by an Aussie Test cricket legend. In the Test arena, Dennis Lillee was never beaten. West Indian champion Viv Richards had taken the sword to all the international bowlers of his era. But when he came up against Lillee, it was a heavy-weight fight between unrelenting combatants. Their contests were always take-no-prisoners affairs. A bowler himself, author Ashley Mallett played 38 Tests during the heyday of Australian cricket in the 1970s and 1980s and has been hailed as one of Australia's best spinners. His diving left-handed grab in the gully to dismiss Colin Cowdrey off Lillee at Adelaide in the explosive 1974--75 Ashes summer was a catch for the ages. Now Mallett shares his vast knowledge of the game and its heroes in Great Australian Test Cricket Stories, a collection of fascinating cricket yarns that spans centuries and continents. Stories of famous contests and clashes sit beside personal anecdotes as well as insights and opinion that only an elite cricketer could provide. All the greats get a guernsey, from Victor Trumper, to Keith Miller, Don Bradman, Boycott, Benaud, Border and Warne, in this engrossing read for fans of the game.


Michael Clarke: My StoryCover Image, Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke
Pan Macmillan
ISBN 9781743549490
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 44.99
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He was the greatest batsman of his generation and, as captain, possessed the sharpest tactical mind in the game. Bursting onto the scene in 2004 with a Test century on debut, Michael Clarke was Australian cricket's golden boy. And the batting prodigy they nicknamed 'Pup' certainly fulfilled his destiny in a stellar 11-year international career of 115 Tests, 8643 runs and 28 centuries. Clarke's roller coaster four-year reign as Test captain was marked as much by bravery as brilliance - a 5-0 whitewash of England in 2013-14, the 2015 World Cup triumph, and a ten-hour unbeaten 161, batting with a broken shoulder to lead Australia back to the #1 world ranking in 2014. Yet Michael Clarke also sparked fiercer debate than any other Australian sports star. For a decade his personal life, career fortunes and controversies - real or imagined - were splashed across front pages and scrutinised. Was he simply a hard-working, western suburbs kid living every Aussie boy's dream? Or a 21st century cricketer mired in all the trappings of celebrity? In the echo chamber of social media, the truth about Michael Clarke was warped, then lost. Clarke's enigma deepened but he kept his mouth shut and his dignity intact, knowing the chance to tell his extraordinary story would finally come. And now it has.


Barbarian Days: A Surfing LifeCover Image, Barbarian Days

William Finnegan
Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN 9781472151414
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 24.99
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 2016 WINNER OF THE 2016 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life. William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii. Barbarian Days is his immersive memoir of a life spent travelling the world chasing waves through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa and beyond. Finnegan describes the edgy yet enduring brotherhood forged among the swell of the surf; and recalling his own apprenticeship to the world's most famous and challenging waves, he considers the intense relationship formed between man, board and water. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, a social history, an extraordinary exploration of one man's gradual mastering of an exacting and little-understood art. It is a memoir of dangerous obsession and enchantment.


The Complete Fishing Bible 4th EditionCover Image, The Complete Fishing Bible

Alastair McGlashen
New Holland Publishers
ISBN 9781742579009
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 49.99
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Everything you need to know about fishing, with boating and tackle tips, information about the best rods to use, fishing identification and recipes. Full colour photography.


High Tide: A Surf OdysseyCover Image, High Tide a Surf Odyssey

Chris Burkard
Lannoo
ISBN 9789089896544
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 90.00
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This is the ultimate book on rough and tough surfing. Breathtaking landscapes, remote and desolate places, the highest waves, the most spectacular jumps and a story of surfing to the ends of the world. A photographic hommage to surfing in extreme conditions, made by an international surfer and his team. High Tide follows the surfers in their epic journeys and achievements in the most diverse land- and seascapes. This book portrays the ultimate battle between the elements and mankind: the water and the waves against the board and man. Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, Chris Burkard portrays the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature.


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Tom Carroll, Nick Carroll
Random House
ISBN 9780857987051
Paperback 2014
Price $AU 23.99
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On the surface he was Tom Carroll, dreamer, cheeky grommet, brilliant surfer, Australian sporting hero, fitness fanatic, businessman, family man, big wave charger. Inside turned the terrible wheel of drug addiction, part family curse, part legacy of the footloose surf culture he'd done so much to legitimise. Tom's family and friends struggled with him, kept his secrets, and looked on in anger and fear as the wheel began to grind him down. Then a window opened - but getting through it made charging Pipeline look like a piece of cake...This is the story of an unlikely moral education: of humility, family, damage, brotherhood, youth, stupidity, glory, single-mindedness and surrender, and about the feeling of water moving under a surfboard, how it can bind past to present and make sense of lives.


Open: An AutobiographyCover Image, Open

Andre Agassi
HarperCollins
ISBN 9780007281435
Paperback 2010
Price $AU 24.99
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He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game. Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts.


The Last Quarter: A TrilogyCover Image, The Last Quarter

Martin Flanagan
One Day Hill
ISBN 9780975770894
Paperback 2008
Price $AU 14.95
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Martin Flanagan has been writing about Australian football for 25 years. The Last Quarter brings together three of his books that sum up that period. In 1970 he re-created the grand final of that year, said to be the best of the 20th century, by talking to the players, coaches and umpire. Southern Sky, Western Oval, written in 1993, portrays the events of a season set against the backdrop of a club, Footscray (now the Western Bulldogs), fighting to survive. The Game In Time of War, which starts with the first game after 9/11 and ends with the first game after the invasion of Iraq, describes an unnerving period in Australian history through the eyes of a man who distracts himself by watching football. The collection ends with an essay about the controversy that marked the AFL's 150th year and Flanagan's part in it, titled: Tom Wills: Confessions of a Ghost Writer.


The Football BookCover Image, The Football Book

Dorling Kindersley
ISBN 9781409346975
Hardback 2002
Price $AU 39.99
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Have all the football facts at your fingertips ready for the 2014 World Cup. Learn to shoot like Suarez and dribble like Messi with The Football Book, the ultimate visual guide to planet football - revised and updated to include details of all the stats, goal tallies and cup wins. You can also follow the excitement of the Brazil 2014 World Cup with a brand new wallchart profiling all the qualifying countries. You'll relive the finest moments of the players, coaches and teams who have created football history and learn everything from match highlights to the inside stories on the players, managers and fans. Use The Football Book (previous ISBN 9781405360586) to find out about the laws, the tactics, the science, and the art of the beautiful game. With a fantastic cover that feels just like a football, it's a great gift for football lovers and sports enthusiasts alike.


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