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Pitch offers the very best bang-for-book sports titles currently out there.

Words: Jade Cradock

Football Book Weekly

Remember those days when getting a football annual was the highlight of the festive season? Well, for those of an older vintage wishing to recapture their youth, the team behind The Football Weekly Podcast have got you covered, with a range of eclectic features, and of course, that classic – the wordsearch.

 

 

With You Every Step - Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield

Never have there been two people who have epitomised the true meaning of friendship more than Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield. In this pithy illustrated book for children, they offer up universal messages that encapsulate and celebrate the importance of friends. A lovely addition to any child’s bookshelf.

 

 

F1 Quiz Book

You’re confident you know your Monzas from your Monacos, your Fangios from your Farinas or your Renaults from your Red Bulls? Put your Formula One proficiency to the test with this book. With everything from picture rounds to sponsors to driver knowledge, it’s time to separate the F1 rookies from the aficionados.

 

 

Kammy - My Unbelievable Life

When Chris Kamara stepped down from the popular Soccer Saturday, fans all over the country lamented his absence. But off camera, Kammy was struggling with apraxia, which affected his speech and movement. His moving memoir details the incredible challenges he has been through, but it also showcases the warmth and humour that have made him a cult hero.

Chris Kamara sits down with Jade Cradock to reflect on his career in the Beautiful Game. And – with his voice more powerful than ever – how his life has changed since developing apraxia. Read the full story about his unbelievable life today.

 

 

Heroes - Marcus Rashford

Away from the football pitch, Marcus Rashford has emerged as a successful children’s author, with his Breakfast Club adventures novels and inspirational non-fiction. His latest offering, Heroes, focuses on his own inspirations, taking a break from inspiring others. In this book, the England striker profiles ten ‘heroes’ who have inspired him from the worlds of sport, film, and music.

 

 

The Wild Card - Judy Murray

It’s not all memoirs and autobiographies when it comes to sports books. For fans of fiction, Judy Murray’s debut novel proves to be an ace. Telling a story of dreams, sheer luck, and preciously kept secrets, Murray constructs the perfect world for fans of tennis and bookworms alike. Building on her extensive experience and knowledge of the world of tennis, she delivers a timely, relevant read that offers the perfect stocking filler.

 

 

The Wonder Team - Leah Williamson

Similarly, those looking for sports fiction for younger readers need look no further than victorious Lionesses’ captain Leah Williamson’s inspiring and enjoyable timeslip novel. With relatable characters and important messages, the book follows three friends who end up transported back to a time when women’s football was banned. Although that isn’t their only hurdle as an unknown saboteur seems to find them at every turn.

 

 

Ashes 2023 - Gideon Haigh

After a dismal display at this autumn’s Cricket World Cup, fans would be forgiven for wanting to return to happier cricketing times and this summer’s Ashes proved to be a tournament that would live long in the memory. Read this to recall one of the modern sporting classics and to enjoy a true wordsmith at work.

 

 

Surviving to Drive - Guenther Steiner

Having shot to fame on the docuseries Drive to Survive, maverick team principal Guenther Steiner shares his diaries from across a season at Haas. Be ready to drive into the deep end of Formula One and explore the unfiltered story of the entire 2022 season. Full of insight, twists, and turns, what really sets this book apart is Steiner’s inimitable character – and his penchant for a swearword or several. 

 

 

The Therapy Crouch - Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy

Once England’s distinctive number 9 and master of the robot, post-football Peter Crouch has become one of the nation’s most beloved personalities. He and his wife Abbey Clancy have become quite the well-loved pair, but their marriage isn’t a fairytale. The two have carved out a niche in discussing relationships with a hilarious and hard-to-put-down book that celebrates the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of love. A fun gift this festive season for couples to share.

 

 

Fact of Fake - The Truth About Sports - Annabel Savery

Do baseballs all have 108 stitches? Was the first winner of the Tour de France disqualified for taking the train? This book for younger readers explores some of the unexpected truths and curious myths from the world of sport. Prepare to be fascinated, amused, and surprised by some of the weird and wonderful facts.

 

 

When Fury Takes Over - John Fury

While Tyson may be the prize fighter in the Fury household, boxing runs in the blood, not least with dad John. But whereas Tyson’s journey has seen him reach the heights, John’s story followed a very different path to Borstal and later prison. The Gypsy Warrior’s memoir is unsurprisingly frank.

 

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“Pitch is such an excellent title, and I think it's a great addition to the sports press. What I like about it is that it covers all sport, which is great, there was a gap in the market for that, for an all-round title. Excellent design too, the cover is beautiful. ”

Fernando Augusto Pacheco - Presenter ‘The Stack’ by Monocle

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