Fully updated to include Sir Chris Hoy’s incredible, record-breaking golds at London 2012 (making him his country’s greatest ever Olympian), this is the story of a sporting legend in his own words.
This 33-year-old cycling fanatic from Murrayfield in the suburbs of Edinburgh defied the doubters who thought he would struggle when his specialist discipline, the 1km time trial, was dropped from the Olympics, and went on to reinvent himself as a track cycling sprinter and triple Olympic gold medallist in Beijing. His return to these shores sparked unprecedented celebrations and real admiration that here was a role model who was the epitome of all things that are good in sport.
What makes a champion in sport? In his autobiography, Hoy returns to his roots as a child fully engaged with the BMX craze of the Eighties; when, even as a seven year old his will to succeed allied to an unyielding mental strength set him apart from other youngsters of his age. A promising rower and rugby player in school, it was when he joined his first local cycling club and spent most weekends of the year competing in national events from Blackpool to Bristol that the seeds of his future career were sown.
With the devoted support of his family, Hoy drove himself to the pinnacle of his sport at the same time as British track cycling established itself as a pioneering force on the world stage.
In the wake of his unparalleled achievements at London 2012, which filled the whole country with pride, there is no sporting icon better placed to demonstrate what it takes to reach the top than Sir Chris Hoy.
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Break free from your chocolate addiction with Jason Vale’s irreverent, zany and original new book. Jason, aka The JuiceMaster, reveals the dangers of chocolate’s ingredients (sugar, dairy and additives), the marketing industry’s ploys to keep us all hooked and our emotional attachment to the sweet stuff- and shows you how to kick the habit.Jason Vale offers his own take on the SugarBusters and anti-dairy phenomenon, taking a pop at the food and marketing industries and showing you how to free yourself from the mental food trap by reframing your thoughts.Sugar is the cocaine of the food world, responsible for obesity, diabetes and a host of other problems. Dairy is equally bad for us and is an acid-forming food. Many people’s stomachs aren’t suited to break the lactose down properly and so it affects our ability to digest the nutrients from other food.This book also examines the ways in which the advertising agencies seduce us and keep us hooked, as well as examining the emotional attachments we have to chocolate, created from early childhood: ‘the chocolate nanny’ as Jason puts it.Jason’s lively debate, full of amazing information that makes your hair stand on end, is enough to put anyone off chocolate. He looks at how we’ve been hooked – and the ‘con’ that is confectionery.
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Italy’s most desirable playboy, Gianluca Benedetti, might not initially recognise Ava Lord as the beautiful bridesmaid who stole his breath and shared his bed all those years ago, but one glimpse of the curves beneath her buttoned-up clothes and it all comes rushing back!When a steamy kiss between them ignites a media firestorm, Gianluca whisks Ava off to the Amalfi Coast to minimize the PR scandal. Exploring the reignited passion between them, Ava realises the danger of opening her heart.Because the closer Gianluca gets… the more cracks in her carefully constructed armour appear.
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The inspiring autobiography of Britain’s three-time World Touring Car champion, and almost certainly this country’s best-kept sporting secret … until now!For someone who grew up on a small island with a speed limit of just 35 mph, Andy Priaulx drives his car awfully fast. But then the man from Guernsey is a hugely determined figure who has been fighting against the odds and performing the role of underdog throughout his entire career.In this his first book, Priaulx tells of how he has fought – tooth and claw, with virtually no back-up – for every sponsor, every car, every penny on his way to achieving his dream of one day becoming a world champion.With refreshing honesty, Priaulx reveals how he and his wife risked everything financially to get on the lower rungs of the motor racing ladder, even spending some time living in a borrowed caravan at the Silverstone circuit in an attempt to save money. «Pikey Priaulx» was his nickname at the time, but the story only goes to show how sacrifice and sheer bloody-mindedness can pay off.Priaulx’s reserves of energy, enthusiasm and dedication – not to mention his natural talent – served him well as he won the European Touring Car Championship in 2004. Motor sport’s governing body, the FIA, recognises only three world championships – Formula 1, World Rally and World Touring Cars. Priaulx has won the WTC championship for the last three years, an unprecedented achievement.In fact, such has been Priaulx’s success that he has been universally hailed as the greatest touring car driver of all time, and widely dubbed «Britain’s Schumacher». In 2007 Priaulx received the ultimate accolade when he was awarded the Gold Medal of the British Racing Drivers’ Club «in recognition of outstanding contemporary racing success». This was only the eighth time the Gold Medal has been awarded.Told in Andy’s energetic and engaging style, this is the story of that most rare of sporting beasts – a true British world champion.
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In 2013, Alan Hodgkinson marks 60 years spent playing and coaching at clubs including Sheffield United, Manchester United and England. This is the story of his life – and the life of the game – in that time.In 2013, Alan Hodgkinson marks 60 years spent playing and coaching at clubs including Sheffield United, Manchester United and England.In ‘Between the Sticks’, Alan tells the story of a life in football: from his days as a trainee at Worksopp Town in the 50s, to his big-money move to Sheffield United (where his signing-on fee was a new suit for ‘courting’), to England duty, as well as a glittering coaching career at Man United, Rangers, Villa among others.It is a story that features legends of the game such as Matthews, Charlton, Best, and Pele, all of whom Alan has played with or against. ‘Between the Sticks’ will transport the reader back to a golden age of football, when pig skins were hoofed around with hobnail boots, to the modern day where as a coach at Oxford United Alan sees the realities of 21st century football first-hand.It is a story that no football fan will want to miss.
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Dreading work? Tired of a 9 to 5 that’s more like an 8 to 10? Feeling overwhelmed by your job? A Great Day at the Office offers practical solutions to the challenges of modern-day business life for a healthier, happier and more productive time at the office and away.For almost two decades, Dr John Briffa has worked with a wide range of organisations, both in the UK and abroad, to inspire literally thousands of people to live and work more healthily, effectively and sustainably.His techniques have proven, time and again, that small changes to your lifestyle will recharge your batteries and boost your performance and productivity. Areas he will cover include: diet, hydration, the amount of alcohol you drink, and the relation these bear to your quantity and quality of sleep. Many of his solutions go against conventional wisdom, but are based on the most recent and cutting-edge studies.
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‘I watched the mirror for a last view, for now, of the frozen mountains of Glen Coe. As the road bent and the outline of Buachaille Etive Mor slid into sight, I did what I always did, and always would. I felt for that flutter of awe and that indefinable, unmistakable quickening of the pulse.’In the late 18th century, mountains shifted from being universally reviled to becoming the most inspiring things on earth. Simply put, the monsters became muses – and an entire artistic movement was born. This movement became a love affair, the love affair became an obsession, and gradually but surely, obsession became lifestyle as mountains became stitched into the fabric of the British cultural tapestry.In his compelling new book, Simon Ingram explores how mountains became such a preoccupation for the modern western imagination, weaving his own adventures into a powerful narrative which provides a kind of experiential hit list for people who don’t have the time nor the will to climb a thousand mountains.For some of these mountains, the most amazing thing about them might be the journey they’ve taken to get here. Others, the tales of science, endeavour and art that have played out on their slopes. The mythology they’re drenched in. The history they’ve seen. The genius they’ve inspired. The danger that draws people to them. The life that clusters around them, human and otherwise. The extreme weather they conjure. The adventure they fuel. The way that some raise the hairs on the back of your neck, and trigger powerful, strange emotions. And moreover, what they’re like to be amidst, under, on – just what that indefinable quality is that the British mountains wield which takes possession of you so powerfully, and never goes away.Ingram takes us high into the rafters of Britain’s most forbidding, unflinching and unchanging wild places through all the seasons of the year – from the first blush of spring to the deepest, darkest bite of the mountain winter. From Beinn Dearg to Ben Nevis, he takes us on a journey spanning sixteen of Britain’s most evocative mountainous landscapes, and what they mean to us today.
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The Ultimate Guide to Sport (without having to get out of your chair), from the writers and philosophers behind the award-winning TV show.We understand. It’s too much to ask. The drive down to the ground, the change into your kit, the running around, the sweat, the tweaks and twinges, the showering with team members. This is not what civilised people do. Real sport is about sitting around, watching, complaining, shouting, winning arguments – the taking part is for professionals. Let us amateurs trade insults and engage in one-upmanship with juicy trivia and uncorroborated gossip. This is our role; this is how we contribute.To do this we need ammunition. We need to know more than anyone else, have the weirdest facts, the most obscure trivia. And this is the book we need, filled with bizarre nuggets that will win friends and influence colleagues, how-to sections that reveal the inner workings, greatest ever XIs featuring greatest ever gingers and greatest every beards.If you love sport and love a good argument, and really can’t be arsed to get out of your chair, you’ve come to the right place.
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This edition does not include a CD.Gloria Thomas, whose methods are highly recommended by The Sunday Times, Red and Zest, brings you an extremely practical book to overcome your fears, phobias and anxieties. Using her skills as a master NLP practitioner, hypnotherapist and Reiki master she shows you how to take control of your fears even in the most demanding trigger situations.• 70-80 per cent of the population suffer from an anxiety-related condition in the form of fear, phobia or panic attack. These can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, holding them back and making them feel isolated and depressed.• Using her unique combination of skills as a master NLP practitioner, Thought Field Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master, former sufferer Gloria Thomas gives readers the tools they need to take control of their fears in even the most knee-trembling situations and banish them forever.• Covers specific trigger situations, such as crowds, air travel, conference speaking, visiting the dentist, agoraphobia, being on your own, the dark, etc, as well as first aid ‘what to do during an anxiety or panic attack’.• Gloria’s techniques include thought field therapy, cognitive/behavioural techniques, visualization, affirmation, self-hypnosis scripts, breathing, anchoring, Reiki methods, etc.• Morale-boosting real-life storiesPlease note that this edition does not include a CD.
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