The Yorkshire Hunter by @PaulZanon1972

Sparring with Life Jimmy Tibbs My AutobiographyPaul Zanon, author of boxing trainer Jimmy Tibbs’ best-selling 2014 book ‘Sparring with my Life’ has written ‘The Yorkshire Hunter,’ Paul Ingle’s autobiography, to be released in March.

Twice a world champion, Paul Ingle had an incredible amateur record, followed by an outstanding professional record. Possibly one of Yorkshire’s most recognised sports personalities of all time, his national and international prowess was recognised by many opponents like Junior Jones and Prince Naseem Hamed. His career was unfortunately cut short when he suffered a blood clot to the brain in his last bout in the year 2000. His comeback trail rivals his glories in the ring….

The book is published by Leeds-based Scratching Shed. Zanon said: “I’m expecting the book to be launched by March, with a launch penned in for the 15th anniversary of Paul winning the IBO title against Junior Jones in New York on April 29.”

Sparring with my Life’  – Tibbs was born and bred in the heart of East London, had a very successful amateur boxing career before being approached by the Krays to turn pro. After rejecting their offer and accepting a more prudent offer from Terry Lawless to turn pro in 1966. He amassed an impressive record as a professional, including fighting on the undercards of Floyd Patterson v Cooper, and Ali v Cooper in front of a huge audience at Highbury.

Then Jimmy became involved in gangland warfare and was arrested, and sentenced to a 10 year stretch. After serving just under five years, Jimmy worked inthe family business before becoming a boxing trainer. Over three decades later, he has trained champions like Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn, Chris Pyatt, Charlie Magri, and currently the likes of British and Commonwealth middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders.


William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014 longlist.

The breakawayEx boxer Mike Tyson, retired Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas and Olympic gold-medallist Nicole Cooke are among those who have been longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014.

Mike Tyson makes it for his “no-holds-barred” autobiography Undisputed Truth written with Larry Sloman. Gareth Thomas, the high-profile sportsman who came out recently, has been longlisted for his autobiography Proud. Nicole Cooke, the first British cyclist to have been ranked world number one, is listed for her autobiography The Breakaway.

Matt Dickinson’s Bobby Moore: The Man in Full

Love game: a history of tennis, from Victorian pastime to global phenomenonOliver Horowitz’s An American Caddie in St. AndrewsGrowing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course

Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson

Anna Krien’s Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport.

Mountaineer and long distance runner Kilian Jornet’s memoir Run or Die

Stuck in a Moment: The Ballad of Paul Vaessen by Stewart Taylor

Other contenders are (please reserve them if you fancy reading them):

Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport by Rob Steen 

Alone, a biography of figure skater John Curry by Bill Jones

Two Days in Yorkshire

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We’ve just ordered Peter Cossins and Andrew Denton’s ”Two Days in Yorkshire – The official commemorative book of the Yorksire Grand Depart” Yorkshire’s grandest weekend is officially recorded in ‘Two Days in Yorkshire’, the commemorative book of the Yorkshire Grand Départ, which is launched today, Tuesday July 22.

Welcome to Yorkshire, who delivered the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, have teamed up with official photographer Simon Wilkinson, regarded as one of the country’s leading sports photographers, and his team at Yorkshire-based picture agency to produce a memento of the grandest of Grand Départs.

Written by cycling author Peter Cossins and Welcome to Yorkshire’s Andrew Denton, ‘Two Days in Yorkshire’ features over 200 stunning images taken by the world’s best cycling and sports photographers.

The book reveals the inside story of how, against seemingly impossible odds, Yorkshire won the 2014 Grand Départ, as well as capturing the unforgettable sights and stories of two historic days.

Simon Wilkinson said: “As part of our preparations for the Tour we drove the route a few times, with stunning locations like Buttertubs popping up across both days. I mentioned the idea of a coffee-table book to Gary Verity and his team at the beginning of 2014. We all thought, in principle, it would make a great memento of the Grand Depart – but I had some doubts if we would actually have the material to fill a book, especially if the weather went against us. Now, two weeks on, we’ve been blown away by the images we’ve seen – and they are all in this book.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We made history that weekend, and it’s only right that there should be a record that people will keep and look through over the years to remind them of the excitement and the spectacle. God’s sun shone on His own county that weekend, giving us the iconic ‘blue sky’ imagery of Le Tour in Yorkshire. That and the work of some very talented photographers meant we got exactly what we needed to create a brilliant book.”

Will you miss the World Cup? Read about El Pistolero

Before we say a fond farewell to the World Cup, you could soon be reading about Luis Suarez and there may be clues as to why he bites.  His autobiography called, yes,  ‘My Autobiography: El Pistolero’  should be available on  September 25 and is expected to be on the bestseller lists around the world.

Painting a picture of Suarez’s tough childhood – his father abandoned the family –  it will describe how at seven Suarez started playing football on the streets of Montevideo. He was so poor he had to play barefoot but the experience made him a canny player and he was soon attracting scouts from Dutch team Groningen, before Ajax signed him.

His nickname, El Pistolero (The Gunslinger) comes from his abilities as a goal scorer and because he terrorised defences. A star of the 2010 World Cup, he came to Merseyside in January 2011, helping them last season to their highest finish for two decades!

The blurb for the book, which will be controversial by all accounts, says: “Here, in his official autobiography, Suarez will talk candidly about the highs and lows of his career and the never-say-die attitude that sometimes makes him go too far.”

#tdfleeds ‘My Time’

My TimeMy Time by Sir Bradley Wiggins. On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins made history as the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. Ten days later at the London Olympic Games he won the time trial to become his country’s most decorated Olympian. In an instant ‘Wiggo’, the kid from Kilburn, was a national hero.

Two years previously, however, Wiggins had been staring into the abyss. His much-hyped attempt to conquer the 2010 Tour de France had ended in public humiliation. Poor results and indifferent form left him facing the sack from Team Sky. And then he was hit with the tragic news of the death of his granddad, George, the man who had raised him as a young boy. At rock bottom, Wiggins had to reach deep inside himself and find the strength to fight his way back.

Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion. In My Time he tells the story of the remarkable journey that led him from his lowest ebb to win the world’s toughest race. In his own words he reveals the personal anguish that has driven him on and what it’s like behind the scenes at Team Sky: the brutal training regimes, the sacrifices and his views on his teammates and rivals. He talks too about his anger at the spectre of doping that pursues his sport, how he dealt with the rush of taking Olympic gold and above all what it takes to be the greatest.

#tdfleeds ‘Inside Team Sky’

Inside Team SkyAs Team Sky make another run for the Yellow Jersey, how about this great read from top sportswriter and award winning journalist David Walsh, who brings an insider’s view to the 2013 race.

Inside Team Sky tells the story of how Team  Sky were under pressure  to repeat their fantastic success  after their victory with Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France in the 2013 race. When Bradley Wiggins had to pull out of the defence of his yellow jersey, Chris Froome, who had finished as runner-up in 2012 became the team’s focal point.

Could he secure back-to-back victories for the UK and for Team Sky? With team principal Sir Dave Brailsford at the helm, expectations were high. David Walsh was embedded within the team  and he provides a definitive account of a dramatic race that gripped cycling fans around the world.

David Walsh has also written books about Lance Armstrong –  LA Confidential and 5* read and bestseller Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstong 

#tdfleeds ‘Lanterne Rouge’

Lanterne Rouge: the last man in the Tour de France by Max  Leonard 

Question: If you complete over 3,000 kilometres on a bike in France, overcoming mountain ranges and torrential weather conditions, while enduring physical and psychological agony in the 150th fastest time, should you be branded the loser?

What if the sacrifice helped a team mate win?

What if others lacked the determination to finish?

What if you were trying to come last?

Lanterne Rouge tells the absurd and often inspirational stories of the last placed rider in the Tour de France. The phrase comes from the French “Red Lantern” and refers to the red lantern hung on the caboose of a railway train, which conductors would look for in order to make sure none of the couplings had become disconnected