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Stuck for a Christmas present to buy special someone this year? Well, Adrian Durham is here to help!

talkSPORT’s Drivetime host is an avid reader of sports books and here, he offers up his recommendations.

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

 

A biography of the greatest golfer ever needs to be special and the level of detail in the research for this is nothing short of breathtaking.

A biography of the greatest golfer ever needs to be special and the level of detail in the research for this is nothing short of breathtaking.

The Beautiful Badge by Martyn Routledge and Elspeth Wills

A lovely gentle football book telling the story behind football club badges in the UK. As you can imagine it leads down some meandering paths full of amazing information. Amidst the explanations of Latin mottos and Bible references and club badges, not a lot will beat the Coniston AFC logo “Nowt Caps Coniston.” Genius

A lovely gentle football book telling the story behind football club badges in the UK. As you can imagine it leads down some meandering paths full of amazing information. Amidst the explanations of Latin mottos and Bible references and club badges, not a lot will beat the Coniston AFC logo “Nowt Caps Coniston.” Genius

In Search Of Robert Millar by Richard Moore

This has been out for around 10 years now and is the fascinating story of the author’s search for the former Tour de France King of the Mountains, British cyclist Robert Millar. She came out as transgender in 2017 and is now Philippa York.

This has been out for around 10 years now and is the fascinating story of the author’s search for the former Tour de France King of the Mountains, British cyclist Robert Millar. She came out as transgender in 2017 and is now Philippa York.

The Ali Files by Norman Giller

Anything by the doyen Norman Giller will be worth reading and this is an account of all Ali’s fights. The golden nuggets of information that pop up regularly make this very special. For example, Jean-Pierre Coopman, floored by a devastating Ali uppercut in 1975, quit boxing and worked on restoring old churches in Belgium. He also earned a living as a portrait artist of famous boxers including the Greatest. As Giller says it’s the only time he had him on the canvas.

Anything by the doyen Norman Giller will be worth reading and this is an account of all Ali’s fights. The golden nuggets of information that pop up regularly make this very special. For example, Jean-Pierre Coopman, floored by a devastating Ali uppercut in 1975, quit boxing and worked on restoring old churches in Belgium. He also earned a living as a portrait artist of famous boxers including the Greatest. As Giller says it’s the only time he had him on the canvas.

Angels With Dirty Faces by Jonathan Wilson

Wilson’s ability to take football writing to undiscovered levels is stunning – a deep thinker, and a super-intelligent writer. This is a long but very readable account of the history of Argentinian football, but morphs brilliantly into a socio-political history of Argentina at the same time. Brilliant.

Wilson’s ability to take football writing to undiscovered levels is stunning – a deep thinker, and a super-intelligent writer. This is a long but very readable account of the history of Argentinian football, but morphs brilliantly into a socio-political history of Argentina at the same time. Brilliant.

The Gaffer by Neil Warnock

He writes like he speaks so this is an easy read and an honest account of what it’s like to be a football manager. It focuses in on his time at Palace, QPR and Leeds.

He writes like he speaks so this is an easy read and an honest account of what it’s like to be a football manager. It focuses in on his time at Palace, QPR and Leeds.

Between The Lines by Michael Carrick

I’m biased because he was one of my favourite players, I wasn’t convinced this book would be that brilliant but it is. It came out this year, it’s opinionated and detailed and even has a chapter explaining the West Ham Way. Worth it for that alone.

I’m biased because he was one of my favourite players, I wasn’t convinced this book would be that brilliant but it is. It came out this year, it’s opinionated and detailed and even has a chapter explaining the West Ham Way. Worth it for that alone.

The Romford Pele by Ray Parlour and Amy Lawrence

Yes he’s my talkSPORT mate but the difficulty of bringing an autobiography together that strikes the right tone yet manages to include divorce, success, England disappointment, and an incredible sense of humour is immense. Ray and Amy get it spot on. Terrific stuff.

Yes he’s my talkSPORT mate but the difficulty of bringing an autobiography together that strikes the right tone yet manages to include divorce, success, England disappointment, and an incredible sense of humour is immense. Ray and Amy get it spot on. Terrific stuff.

A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing by John Sitton

My favourite football book by some distance. If you’ve ever checked out John’s “Bring Yer Dinner!” rant when he was in charge at Orient then you need to read this. Brutal, powerful, emotional and thoroughly readable, this is John’s own raw account of his life. Self published, he actually wrote it out by hand (his daughter typed it up) and sells it through his own website, www.therealsitts.co.uk.

My favourite football book by some distance. If you’ve ever checked out John’s “Bring Yer Dinner!” rant when he was in charge at Orient then you need to read this. Brutal, powerful, emotional and thoroughly readable, this is John’s own raw account of his life. Self published, he actually wrote it out by hand (his daughter typed it up) and sells it through his own website, www.therealsitts.co.uk.

Colours Of My Life by Malcolm Allison

I absolutely love old football books and this from 1975 is right up there with the best. Allison was a true character with a great story. Some fantastic photos as well. Written with the journalist James Lawton, who passed away in 2018.

I absolutely love old football books and this from 1975 is right up there with the best. Allison was a true character with a great story. Some fantastic photos as well. Written with the journalist James Lawton, who passed away in 2018.

And one more….

Judas by Paul Cooke and Adrian Durham

I wasn’t going to leave this out now, was I? Paul grew up supporting Hull KR, played and won the Cup for Hull FC, then walked out on them to join Hull KR. Abused viciously in the city of Hull, his life spiralled out of control. The book is the first time he’s told the story of what really happened. On its third reprint and paperback coming out next year, I think it’s quite good.

I wasn’t going to leave this out now, was I? Paul grew up supporting Hull KR, played and won the Cup for Hull FC, then walked out on them to join Hull KR. Abused viciously in the city of Hull, his life spiralled out of control. The book is the first time he’s told the story of what really happened. On its third reprint and paperback coming out next year, I think it’s quite good.





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