We are delighted to announce that Ebury will publish Mark Cavendish’s new book Tour de Force on 25th November 2021.
‘I pulled off my glasses and wiped my eyes. “That was perhaps the last race of my career…”‘
Deep down, Mark Cavendish thought he was finished. After illness, setbacks and clinical depression, the once fastest man in the world had been written off by most. And at the age of 36, even he believed his explosive cycling career would fade out with a whimper. The Manxman hadn’t won a single Grand Tour stage in Italy, Spain or France since 2016.
But then came his incredible resurrection at the 2021 Tour de France. Included on the Deceuninck Quick-Step team at the very last minute, only after Sam Bennett suffered an injury, Mark set about rewriting history. He claimed back the green jersey he first wore in 2011, and his four stage victories finally saw him matching Belgian legend Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 Tour de France stage wins. Cycling greats are never content, and Cav’s dogged determination and inner strength had earned him the record that few believed he could ever achieve. This is his own intimate account of that race, right from the saddle of the miracle tour.
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The happiest of publication days to James Hook and David Brayley!
The Telegraph Children’s Sports Book of the Year 2021 winners are back with the 2nd instalment of the Chasing a Rugby Dream series: Impact
Jimmy Joseph is enjoying a long, hot summer with his friends, counting down the days until he attends his first ever training camp at the Eagles Academy, the youth section of his local pro club. He hopes this is going to be the first major step on his journey to being a professional rugby player … but a heavy tackle in training and cruel behaviour from his nemesis, Mr Kane, leads to Jimmy suffering a complete loss of confidence. How can he ever regain his love of the game – and fulfil his rugby dreams – if he is too afraid to tackle?
In this new rugby adventure for Jimmy and his friends, James Hook and David Brayley examine concussion, tackling, friendship, loyalty and the true bravery that’s needed to overcome your fears.
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We are delighted to announce that Evita Burned Down Our Pavilion by Timothy Abraham and James Coyne has been longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2021!
Evita Burned Down Our Pavilion is a story of grit, industry and nation-building in the New World from Mexico to Chile. Tim and James uncover the fascinating, surprising and largely untold history of cricket in the world’s most colourful continent.
Rob Burrow’s inspirational memoir Too Many Reasons to Live – ghost-written by our very own Ben Dirs – has also been longlisted.
Congratulations Tim, James and Ben!
We are delighted announce that four of our authors took home awards at the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2021. Congratulations to James Hook, David Brayley, Rob Kitson and Paul Tonkinson!
Children’s Sports Book of the Year
Chasing A Rugby Dream by James Hook and David Brayley (Polaris)
Small, skinny and short-sighted . . . and dazzlingly talented.
Jimmy Joseph loves rugby. All he dreams about is one day playing for his country in a World Cup, or winning a Test series for the Lions with a last-minute drop-goal. But when he kicks an up-and-under in the schoolyard and accidentally hits the new head of PE, Mr Kane, on the head, he makes a powerful enemy.
Jimmy and his best friends – Manu, Matt and Kitty – try to prove their worth on the rugby field, but to no avail. Mr Kane has it out for them, and he’s being helped by team captain Mike Green, well known as the school bully.
Can Jimmy and his friends overcome the tyranny of Mr Kane and help Mike see the error of his ways? Or will the combination of bullying, pressure and dirty tactics derail the friends’ rugby careers before they have even begun?
An epic new rugby series begins here!
Rugby Book of the Year
Among the best stories in British team sport over the past decade has been the rise of Exeter Chiefs. How, exactly, did an unfashionable team from Devon emerge from obscurity to conquer the summit of English rugby? What makes them tick? What are their secrets?
Exe Men is a compelling tale of regional pride, fierce rural identity, larger-than-life local heroes, remarkable characters, epic resilience, big city snobbery, geographical separation, steepling ambition and personal sacrifice which will strike a chord with anyone who enjoys a classic underdog story.
This is not just any old rugby book, it is the inside story of how a small-town club from the edge of nowhere became every neutral’s favourite team.
Sports Entertainment Book of the Year
26.2 Miles to Happiness by Paul Tonkinson (Bloomsbury)
The hilarious trials and tribulations of stand-up comedian Paul Tonkinson as he attempts to beat the much lauded 3-hour mark at the London Marathon. With a supporting cast of fellow comedians, this is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure-through-sport that will both entertain and inspire.
Along the way, we are introduced to the characters helping Paul with his quest. Celebrity names such as Bryony Gordon, Russell Howard, Roisin Conaty and Vassos Alexander pop up with wit and wisdom, alongside an alpine adventure to the Mayr Clinic with Michael McIntyre that pushes Paul to the limit. And not forgetting the ‘words of wisdom’ and derision from Paul’s anti-running friend, Richard.
Happy publication day Boff Whalley!
“A stirringly evocative, riveting, hilarious, nostalgic, important book about two opposing worlds that aren’t so different after all.” Damian Hall, author and elite ultra-runner
Faster! Louder! is the fascinating story of how an unlikely and eccentric runner became, against all expectations, the British Champion. It’s a tale that focusses on the races that made up Gary Devine’s victorious 1990 season, while opening out to understand how the unruly, fearless ethos at the heart of punk could chime perfectly with the spirited, gutsy and dauntless root of mountain running; how the elements of surprise and daring are central to both. It’s a near-perfect underdog narrative, a drama that traces one boy’s life from ordinary schoolkid to extraordinary winner – all against a backdrop of alcohol, fights, arrests and extreme guitar noise.
Faster! Louder! is published by Great Northern Books.
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