Laze away summer arvos with a book – and we’re not talking a Mills & Boon romance here. Make it something inspirational, healthy or … delicious! Be it a bio or a novel, there are loads of new titles out now to entertain the whole family…
The Big Bash Book 2016-17
by Daniel Lane
Get a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the adrenaline-charged KFC Big Bash League – and action-packed Rebel Women’s BBL – to learn about the players, their motivations and the pressures they need to overcome to perform in cricket’s most dramatic format.
‘The Big Bash is now an essential thread in the fabric of an Australian summer.’ – Adam Gilchrist
Cost: $29.99 (Allen & Unwin)
Michael Clarke: My Story
by Michael Clarke
My Story is the real Michael Clarke, standing up and speaking out for the first time.
Bucking the conventions of traditional biography to go hard at the big issues, Clarke speaks fearlessly and poignantly about the scandals, rumours and explosive moments of his life; revealing the amazing truths, private pain and personal triumphs that no one realised.
Read an extract on ‘the trappings of fame’, here.
Cost: $44.99 (Macmillan Australia)
Test of Will
by Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath is an Australian cricket great – a fast bowler both feared and admired by top-level cricketers around the world.
In Test of Will he writes about his classic cricketing duels, bowling against master batsmen. He shares his great moments, and describes the influence of such legends of the game as Steve Waugh and Shane Warne. And away from cricket he writes candidly about finding love with Sara after the tragedy of losing his wife Jane to breast cancer.
Cost: $22.99 (Allen & Unwin)
by Dennis Lillee
‘Lill-ee! Lill-ee! Lill-ee!’
It was the chant that echoed around Australian cricket grounds throughout the 1970s and 80s, and it still resonates today. Few sportsmen have been as loved by crowds or feared by opponents as the legendary fast bowler Dennis Lillee.
This is the illustrated autobiography of an incredible Australian – a shy, puny boy from Perth who had to wear corrective boots to stop from falling over, who went on to become the most feared fast bowler in the world.
Cost: $45 (Affirm Press)
My Family’s Keeper
by Brad Haddin
This is a cricket autobiography unlike any other; a universal story about how love for your family trumps everything.
By the time Brad Haddin declared time on his career, the stats would put him alongside the greats of the modern era. But it was no easy road into the record books. His family dealt with a very private struggle as his very young daughter fought cancer, and this book is a reminder of how teamwork and strong partnerships matter in life as much as they do in sport.
Cost: $39.99 (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
Changing the Game
by Ange Postecoglou
“Football was the thing through which I made sense of life, where I created my world and my identity.”
Ange Postecoglou has been at the centre of Australian football for more than thirty years. In this book, he shows us the game through his eyes, from the changing room to the boardroom, to reveal how Australia must boldly reimagine its place in the world.
Ange’s story is one of fostering a culture of success, and turning history – or precedent – on its head.
Cost: $35 (Penguin Books Australia)
Iron Man: The Autobiography
by Corey Parker
Power. Dedication. Durability. These are the steely qualities that make Corey a hero to footy fans in Queensland and throughout the NRL.
Iron Man is the extraordinary autobiography of how that wild kid from Logan evolved into a premiership-winning star, a one-club man, an Origin icon and a sharp-shooting goal-kicker and hard-running hit man whose epic feats on the footy field demanded respect from all who played with and against him.
Read an extract on ‘Why I retired’, here.
Cost: $34.99 (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania
by Jane O’Connor
Here’s a brand-new chapter book with plenty of humour and sports action, written expressly for kids like Nancy who aren’t the stars of their teams.
Normally, Nancy doesn’t like dressing like everyone else. But wearing a soccer team uniform – well, that’s different. Nancy adores being on the Green Goblins – she loves cheering for her teammates, sharing refreshments and painting her fingernails bright green before every game. If only she wasn’t cursed with slow legs! All Nancy wants is to be mediocre – or maybe even a little better than average. Will she reach her goal?
Cost: $9.99 (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
Games Goals Glory
by Roy Hay
Ten of the game’s best writers have come together to produce this companion to the A-League, taking a critical and entertaining look at the stories of the first 11 seasons as well as the future for the A-League. This is an essential book for all A-League fans and those who have only just discovered what Australia’s national football league is all about.
Cost: $45 (Hardie Grant Books)
Dane Swan: My Story
by Dane Swan
Dane Swan is a Brownlow medallist, three-time Copeland Trophy winner, premiership player and five-time All Australian. In his autobiography, Dane talks about the highs and lows of his AFL career so far.
‘He’s got an element of danger about him. He’s from Broady, he’s got tatts, he’s got a sense of humour, he’s his own man, he makes blues and he’s sublime on the field.’ – Eddie McGuire on Dane Swan
Cost: $45 (Hardie Grant Books)
FOOD AND HEALTH
The One Percenters
by Jerrad Tyson
Now into his eighth year as a professional footballer, Jerrad has created a program that combines his passion and knowledge for food and nutrition, with his expertise in health and physical performance.
In the sporting industry, a ‘one percenter’ is that extra special effort made by an individual for the greater good of themselves or the team. This book is designed to take this philosophy away from the sporting landscape and educate individuals on how to make these types of efforts in their own life – via recipes and food choices, and an understanding of exercise and the body.
All 160 contracted National Youth League players have received this book for free as part of their personal development.
Cost: $29.99 (purchase online)
The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-down
by Peter Fitzsimons
This is the story of one man who had the guts to lose his gut. This is a book that will finally help an ordinary bloke lose weight. (Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with wearing a red bandana.)
Ever struggled with your weight? Or did you stop struggling years ago and let the pies win? Peter FitzSimons has been there and eaten that. In The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down, he will lead you through the fads that failed him, the diets that died fast and left him furious, and the ways his waistline kept the belt industry in business.
Cost: $24.99 (Penguin Books Australia)
Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers about Food
by Katie Daynes
Food, glorious food! We all like to eat it, but how much do we really know about the food we consume every day? This fantastic lift-the-flap information book answers all the how’s, what’s, where’s and why’s curious children (four years+)have about food, in a fun and entertaining way.
Full-colour illustrations throughout.
Cost: $19.99 (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
Get Lean, Stay Lean
by Dr Joanna McMillan
Dr Joanna will guide you through the six steps of Get Lean, Stay Lean to help reboot your body’s computer and change the way it works, for the better. As a result, you’ll become better at burning fat, controlling your appetite, controlling blood glucose and insulin levels, better at exercise, you’ll perform better at work and you’ll have more energy to enjoy your life.
Includes more than 100 delicious recipes.
Cost: $35 (Murdoch Books)
Hound of the Sea: Wild Man. Wild Waves. Wild Wisdom.
by Garrett McNamara
In his thrilling and candid memoir, big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara chronicles his unlikely and harrowing journey to ride the most formidable waves on earth.
Garrett set a world record when he surfed a 78-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal, in 2011 – a record he smashed three years later at the same break. Propelled by the challenge, he travels the globe to ride the most dangerous waves, from giant barrels breaking on shallow, jagged reefs to massive, open ocean hurricane swells.
Cost: $32.99 (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
Margaret Court The Autobiography
by Margaret Court
With 64 major grand slam titles to her name, Australian Margaret Court stands alone as the greatest tennis player of all time.
This long-awaited autobiography explains what lit a fire in the poor girl from Albury to make her the most extraordinary champion tennis has ever seen and the proud woman she is today.
‘For sheer strength of performance and accomplishment there has never been a tennis player to match Margaret Court’ – International Tennis Hall of Fame
Cost: $44.99 (Pan Macmillan Australia)
The Art of Cycling
by Cadel Evans
On the afternoon of Sunday, the first of February 2015, Cadel Evans crossed the finish line in the first-ever race of the event that would immortalise his name: the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. At that moment, an extraordinary cycling career, spanning 20 years and more than 750 professional races, came to a close.
Now, looking back on his journey, Cadel Evans writes with forensic detail about the triumphs, the frustrations, the training, the preparation, the psychology of the sport, his contemporaries, the legends, the controversies and, above all, his enduring love of cycling.
Cost: $22.99 (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
by Jim Cassidy
Champion Jockey Jim Cassidy is the ultimate ‘colourful racing identity’.
In a stellar 38-year career, ‘The Pumper’ won 104 Group 1 races, including two Melbourne Cups – the first in 1983 on Kiwi, a $1000 farm horse, where Cassidy came from dead-last to win; the second a famous redemption ride on Might and Power in 1997.
Honest, heartfelt and often hilarious, Pumper is Jim Cassidy’s explosive autobiography – a page-turning thrill-ride through his many adventures on and off the track.
Cost: $39.99 (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Netball Gems: Pivot and Win; Defend to the End
by Bernadette Hellard and Lisa Gibbs
It’s their first season together and the Marrang Under 13s team is finding its way. All the girls have a favourite position and dream of playing for the Australian Diamonds. But before that dream can become a reality, there are skills to learn, nerves to overcome, friendships to make, matches to play and so much fun to be had!
In Pivot and Win can Lily find a way to show everyone that great netballers don’t always need to be tall? And in Defend to the End, will Maia be able to adopt a new a new style of defence?
Cost: $19.99, two books in one (Penguin Books Australia)
On Your Bike
by Chris Hoy
This is an illustrated, comprehensive guide for children to choosing, maintaining and making the most of your bike with top tips and tricks from Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy.
Ring-bound to lie flat so you can practise the techniques alongside your bike in the garage, the book also features access to bonus step-by-step videos of Sir Chris demonstrating key tips and tricks.
Cost: $19.99 (Allen & Unwin)
Prices were correct at time of publishing.
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