Sporting biographies

The sporting autobiography is often about the motivation, the sacrifice and the drive that it takes to succeed at such high levels of professional sport. We have included 5 of our favourites, including some controversial characters: http://blog.booko.com.au/2015/09/07/5-of-the-best-sporting-autobiographies/
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My Fight / Your Fight by Ronda Rousey.  Ronda Rousey is one of the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighters in history. UFC's undefeated bantamweight champion, and an Olympic medallist in judo, her professional fight record is unrivalled: she has defeated most of her opponents in less than a minute; in February 2015 she beat contender Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds. In My Fight Your Fight Rousey relives the toughest fights of her life. Her journey to the top has been filled with challenges.

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Bomber: the Whole Story by Mark Thompson.  Telling it as he sees it, this is a rare insight into one of football's most intriguing characters. Mark Thompson sets the record straight on a career that has had more than a few challenges and dramas in this candid, entertaining, opinionated story of the enigmatic coach who changed the game of AFL. Mark Thompson has had more than his fair share of challenges and dramas in his career.

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Life as I Know It by Michelle Payne. Michelle Payne rode into history as the 1st female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. She and her 100-to-1 local horse Prince of Penzance took the international racing world by surprise but hers was no overnight success story. Michelle was first put on a horse aged four. At 5 years old her dream was to ride in the Melbourne Cup and win it. By seven she was doing track work. All of the 10 Payne children learned to ride racehorses but Michelle has stayed with…

The extraordinary story of the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

Rod Laver: An Autobiography.  Rod Laver’s memoir is the inspiring story of how a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy from Rockhampton became one of Australia’s greatest every sporting champions. Rod was a dominant force in world tennis for almost two decades, playing and defeating some of the greatest players of the twentieth century. In 1962, Rod became the second man to win the Grand Slam – that is, winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles in a single calendar…

Rod Laver's memoir is the inspiring story of how a diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy from Rockhampton, Australia became one of sports' greatest ch

Candid, self-deprecating, and absolutely unique, professional surfer Mick Fanning reveals his life story while imparting plenty of practical surfing tips Mick Fanning is young, but he's had many experiences that most of us never will. How does it feel to lose a brother? Win a world title? Rip your hamstring muscle clean off the bone? Weave through a zippering Superbank barrel for 20 or 30 seconds or paddle over the ledge at places like Pipeline and Teahupo?

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Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal.  No tennis player since Andre Agassi has captivated the world like Rafael Nadal. He’s a rarity in today’s sporting arena; a true sportsman who chooses to let his raw talent, dedication and humility define him. This autobiography includes memorable highlights such as winning the Wimbledon 2008 final in what John McEnroe called “the greatest game of tennis ever played” and completing a Grand Slam after winning the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open in 2010.

by Rafael Nadal John Carlin Language: English; About the Book: Rafa My Story The Sunday Times bestselling autobiography from the greatest tennis player of his g

This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring.  In December 2012, Juliana Buhring became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by bicycle. With only a few months of training and little sponsorship, support, or money she left from Naples on 23 July 2012. 18,060 miles, 152 days, 4 continents, 19 countries, 29 punctures, 4 breakdowns, 6 mountains, 1 desert and a cyclone later, she made it back just days before Christmas with a Guinness World Record, proving that anyone can achieve the…

Juliana Buhring is a British-German ultra-endurance cyclist and writer. In he set the GWR as the fastest woman to circumnavigate the globe by bike

The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali.  Everybody knows the record the stuff of almanacs, trade magazines and clipping services. A handful know the man. But only Muhammad Ali knows his life as he lived it. The Greatest is Ali's own story. For six years he worked, traveled and talked with Richard Durham, a writer with a stunning talent, and the result is mesmerizing in its brilliance, drama, humanity and sheer entertainment. This is no documented scrapbook of wins and losses strung…

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Li Na by Li Na.  The first tennis player from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam singles title shares her life story, including growing up within a rigid national sports system, living away from home, and the years she struggled to believe in herself.

Li Na by Li Na. The first tennis player from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam singles title shares her life story, including growing up within a rigid national sports system, living away from home, and the years she struggled to believe in herself.

The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen from his childhood in Sth Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket. Kevin was dropped from the England squad in February of this year, seemingly calling time on an international career that began nearly ten years earlier. The decision puzzled many observers - although the England team had failed miserably in the Ashes tour of 2013-14, Kevin was the leading run…

The long-awaited autobiography of Englands most colorful cricketer This is the fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his c

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