A Great Sporting Summer

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After the strict regulations on social distancing in 2020 which prevented most major sporting events going ahead, 2021 is proving to be a real sporting summer with many large events being able to take place once again. In our Calibre collection we have a sporting myriad of books to whet your appetite, whether you are an actual mountain climber or an armchair Olympian. We even have a complete sports category, full of sports-related titles, both fiction and non-fiction.

But to bring you some recommended summer sports reading, we focussed on the three biggest events this year, Wimbledon, the Euros and the Olympics. The titles below are again both fiction and non-fiction. So whether you want to read about David Beckham or Serena Williams, enter the high society of India full of picnics and tennis parties, or delve into some really great fiction that centres around a murder in a football stadium, you could do worse than spending your summer reading some of these.

Tennis - fiction

Break Point

By Rosie Rushton (616389)

Emily, pretty, bright and a genius at tennis, has it all. But when she is practising or stuck at tournaments her friends are partying, and now she decides that she wants more out of life. When she confronts her family her mother explodes, whilst her Gran tells her to follow her heart. How can she please everyone? A great book for Young Adults.

The Corpse on the Court

By Simon Brett (10687)

Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks her new man, Piers Targett, who's keen to get her involved in his hobby - or obsession - of Real Tennis. But when one of Piers' friends dies on the court in suspicious circumstances, Jude finds herself caught up in the police investigation.

Tennis non-fiction

Holding Court

By Chris Gorringe (9461)

The former chief executive of the All England Tennis Club takes us behind the scenes of an establishment where decisions are still made through a committee system dating back to 1868. He reveals the stories behind the 1973 players’ boycott, the McEnroe tantrums, demands for equal prize money and the Olympic bid.

In the Shade of the Mango Tree

By Nan Warry (3006)

The story of Nan Warry's early days in India, both as a child and as a young wife and mother. Set against a colourful background, it is the world of a child where weekends were spent tiger-hunting; growing up in a world of picnics and tennis parties; where chaperones were a must; falling in love with a handsome young officer and starting a family of her own.

Lifting the Covers

By Alan Mills (7610)

For over twenty years Alan Mills was responsible for the smooth running of Wimbledon. Having been a professional player, he then became a tournament referee, and here he gives insights into the world of professional tennis.

My Life: Queen of the Court

By Serena Williams (8997)

One of the biggest stars in tennis, Serena Williams has captured every major title. She has proven to be an inspiration to her legions of fans. Her accomplishments have not been won without struggle. In this compelling and poignant memoir, Serena takes an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is still to come.

Open: An Autobiography

By Andre Agassi (8970)

From an early age, tennis great Andre Agassi, learned to hate the game and the relentless pressure that was placed upon him. The son of an obsessive and violent father, Agassi tells of his successes and failures and of his redemption through his marriage to Steffi Graff.


By John McEnroe (6242)

Since his first Wimbledon in 1977, John McEnroe has made waves. On and off court he was a star and he still thrills the tennis world, not only with his playing but also with his astute commentary on the game.


Football - fiction

Broken Skin

By Stuart MacBride (13959)

A serial rapist is leaving a string of tortured women behind him on the streets of Aberdeen, and DS Logan McRae’s girlfriend, PC Jackie Watson, is out acting as bait. The prime suspect turns out to be Aberdeen Football Club’s star striker. Logan thinks they’ve got it horribly wrong, but Jackie is convinced the footballer’s guilty and she’s hell-bent on a conviction at any cost…

False Nine

By Philip Kerr (11967)

Football manager Scott Manson needs a new job, but in Barcelona he's not hired as a football manager, but as a detective. Barca's star player is missing, and Scott has a month to track him down. As Scott follows the trail from Paris to Antigua, he encounters the rotten heart of the beautiful game...

January Window

By Philip Kerr (11992)

Scott Manson, team coach for London City football club, isalso their all-round fixer. But when City manager Joao Zarco is killed at histeam's stadium at Silvertown Docks, even Manson can't smooth over murder... butcan he catch the killer before he strikes again?

Penalty Shootout

By Bill Knox (8660)

The suspicious death of a second-hand car dealer in Glasgow seems a fairly routine case for Thane and Moss but, with the arrival offootball fans for a big game, they struggle to make sense of the evidence and to find the link with a major art theft.

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Football non-fiction

5000-1: The Leicester Story

By Rob Tanner (11704)

The inside story of Leicester City’s triumph on winning the Premier League in May 2016, to ecstatic celebrations in the city and around the world. The team, under Claudio Ranieri’s inspired leadership, became the most unlikely champions in football history.


After Extra Time and Penalties

By Mike Ingham (14335)

BBC Football correspondent, Mike Ingham, MBE, shares a candid, comprehensive, and sometimes, controversial account of how the world of broadcasting and football changed beyond recognition throughout his career. Here recalls England's campaigns in tournaments over the last half century with a detailed and eyewitness account of what the atmosphere was really like over the years behind the scenes in the England camp.


The Beatles, Football and Me

By Hunter Davies (8089)

Hunter Davies, renowned journalist and biographer, decided to write his memoirs after forty years of asking other people lots of questions. He has met and worked with many prominent politicians, sportsman, artists and musicians, including The Beatles, throughout his career.


Bobby Moore

By Tina Moore (7880)

Bobby Moore, captain of England's 1966 World Cup winning team, remains an iconic figure in football. Tina Moore was married to Bobby for twenty-four years, and she tells his story with sympathy and understanding.


Complete Centre Forward: The Authorised Biography of Tommy Lawton

By David McVay (6937)

Tommy Lawton is hailed as possibly the greatest centre-forward ever produced by England. Whilst we will never know if this is so, he is still remembered by the fans who idolised him. This is the story of his football career, and his darker moments away from football.

Farewell, but not Goodbye: My Autobiography

By Bobby Robson (7206)

Sir Bobby Robson has been involved with professional football at all levels. He played for Fulham and West Brom, and earned twenty England caps before moving into management, eventually becoming England manager. He tells of his early life, his footballing career, returning to the North-East and his controversial sacking from Newcastle United.


Football Memories

By Brian Glanville (5148)

In this irreverent volume of memoirs, the author looks back over his career as a sports journalist with a wealth of anecdotes and a fund of unique stories. Contains some offensive language.

Football Nation

By John Williams & Andrew Ward  (9516)

A rich portrait of English football from the end of the Second World War to the present.


Guiding Me Home and Away: The autobiography

By Dave Thomas (13548)

In 2008, England footballer Dave Thomas, a popular, speedy winger, was registered blind as a result of glaucoma. In his own words Dave shares his emotions and experiences and through his journey, we discover his astonishingly positive approach to life as he negotiates everyday tasks the rest of us take for granted. Now with the help of his Labrador guide dog, Hannah, Dave copes with a catalogue of daily obstacles.

The History of the World Cup

By Brian Glanville (5148)

Brian Glanville's dramatic history of the world's most famous football tournament has become the most authoritative guide to the World Cup. Since the very first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930, his classic account is a vivid celebration of the great players and legendary matches in the competition - as well as a bold attack on those who have mismanaged the 'beautiful game'.


My Side

By David Beckham (6985)

David Beckham is celebrated throughout the world and has fans far beyond the world of football. This is his own account of his life and career to date.


My Story

By Steven Gerrard (14213)

Steven Gerrard - legendary captain of Liverpool and England- tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football. Perhaps the last player of his calibre that we will see display such extraordinary longevity and commitment, his loyalty ensures he will be remembered not only as one of the all-time Anfield greats but one of England's finest footballers.

The Way it was

By Stanley Matthews (6289)

Sir Stanley Matthews was a legend, the first superstar of world football. In his long awaited autobiography, completed just before his death in 2000, he recalls the untold stories about many of football's most famous characters and game

My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes

By Gary Imlach (8438)

Stuart Imlach played football in the last days of the maximum wage, when the men who played the game and those who watched it led fundamentally the same lives in the same communities. His son recaptures that era, barely comprehensible 40 years on, and the way it has changed.


Olympics fiction

If the Dead Rise Not

By Philip Kerr

Berlin 1934. Forced to resign as a homicide detective,Bernie Gunther is now house detective at the Adlon Hotel. The discovery of twobodies involves Bernie in the lives of two hotel guests; a journalist intent onpersuading America to boycott the Berlin Olympiad and a German-Jewish gangsterwho plans to use the Olympics to enrich himself. Bernie uncovers a vast labourand construction racket designed to take advantage of the huge sums the Nazisare prepared to spend to showcase the new Germany to the world.

Olympics non-fiction

Gin O’Clock

By The Queen of Twitter (10406)

Taking in the momentous events of 2012, including the Jubilee celebrations and preparations for the London Olympics, these diaries reveal the seldom-seen workings of state and reveal how an octogenarian is quietly ruling the world and still has time for a gin.


Imagine my Surprise… Unpublished Letters to the DailyTelegraph

By Iain Hollingshead (editor) (9691)

This collection of unpublished letters to the DailyTelegraph features opinions on everything from the London Olympics to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as the rather more obscure concerns voiced by ‘M’, the habitual correspondent who believes himself to be the head of MI5 but writes from an internet café in Bristol.

The Olympics’ Strangest Moments

By Geoff Tibballs (9287)

To mark the 2012 Olympics in London, this book recounts the bizarre, controversial, inept, heroic and plain unlucky moments from the first modern games in 1896 to the glories of Beijing, 2008.

Triumph: Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics

By Jeremy Schaap (11370)

In 1936 an African-American athlete won a staggering four Olympic gold medals. Jesse Owens, the son of sharecroppers, had single-handedly crushed Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin games is an intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

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