The best sports books and autobiographies
From gritty sports autobiographies by Olympic athletes and a multiple Ballon d’Or winner to explorations of marathon running and the cultural impact of football, here is a trophy cabinet of some of the best sports books jostling for position on the shelves.
Determined, competitive and possessing an impressive capacity for mental endurance – the characteristics that make great athletes often lead them to live extraordinary lives. Sports autobiographies offer us the opportunity to get the full story behind the goals, records and medals, as well as help us understand the wider impact of the athletic world off the field.
Whether your favourite sport requires a ball, a motor or even a hoof, here is a compilation of the best sports books and autobiographies out there.
‘He is one in a million and his story is truly inspirational’Clare Balding on Rob Burrows
‘Unbelievable player. Magnificent captain. One of the game’s greatest icons.’James Haskell on Alun Wyn Jones