Guillem Balague is the author of Messi, Barça, Pep Guardiola, A Season on the Brink, and Cristiano Ronaldo. A key fixture of Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football, he appears regularly both on live match coverage and on the weekly round-up show, Revista de la Liga. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper, and El Larguero, Spain's most popular sports radio show. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. http://www.guillembalague.com/en/homehttps://twitter.com/GuillemBalaguehttps://www.facebook.com/guillembalague
Patrick Barclay is the football columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and has won the Sports Journalist of the Year award. He has previously worked for the Independent, Guardian and Observer.Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/paddybarclay.
Beautifully illustrated, with rare archive material, the book will be a pastiche of a 1950s football annual.
Aimed at the Christmas gift/nostalgia market (for the older, more discerning fan).
Having written critically acclaimed biographies of Bill Shankly, Danny Blanchflower, Alf Ramsey and a recent history of the England team, Dave Bowler¿s contacts in the world of football veterans are second to none: features interviews with Bobby Robson, Don Howe, Malcolm Allison and Walter Winterbottom among others.
There have been best-selling accounts of the lives of contemporary journeymen footballers (Gary Nelson, Steve Claridge, Tony Cascarino) ¿ this will be the first from another era.
Jenson Button was born on 19 January 1980 in Frome, Somerset, and made his Grand Prix debut at the age of 20. In 2009, in his tenth season and driving for the newly-formed Brawn GP team, he became the Formula 1 world champion after a stunning drive in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Adrian Flanagan was born in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 October 1960. He spent his early life in Africa and the Far East. After boarding school in England, he read medicine at King's College, London before taking time out to travel extensively around Sri Lanka on a motorbike. Adrian joined the army, going through the rigorous selection procedure for the Parachute Regiment, but left the officer-training academy at Sandhurst after dislocating his shoulder only to sustain a severe wrist injury in a motorbike accident. He later qualified in osteopathic medicine but his damaged wrist forced him to stop practice. For a time, Adrian worked as a freelance sports journalist, contributing to The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Daily Mail. He started his own business in food distribution, primarily as a means to fund his central aspirations to sail around the world and to write. His first novel, Cobra, was published in 2001. Adrian has two sons and lives near Oxford. He is currently working on a new novel and planning his next expedition, a microlite flight around the coast of Australia.www.alphaglobalex.com
Mick Foley is an American actor, author and professional wrestler, currently signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he is the reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Peter Thomas Fornatale is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Susan and black labrador, Mugs.
Brad Friedel is one of the most successful American players in Premier League history, having joined Liverpool in 1997 before moving to Blackburn Rovers in November 2000. He won 82 caps for the USA before retiring from international football in 2005.
Pippa Funnell is the first woman to become eventing's world number one. She was born Pippa Nolan in 1968 and, with her first horse, Sir Barnaby, went from pony-club level to Badminton, en route winning the European Young Rider title in 1987. Her numerous victories include back-to-back European Championships in 1991 and 2001, and back-to-back Olympic silver medals in 2000 and 2004. She is the first winner of the Rolex Grand Slam, in 2003, and has won Badminton three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2005. In 2003 she was awarded the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year. In 2005 she was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List. Pippa is married to the international show jumper William Funnell and lives in Surrey.Pippa's website is http://www.pippafunnell.com/ and you can follow her on Twitter @pippafunnellTPT
Greg Growden is a senior journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald. He has published a number of books on Rugby Union but his biography of Fleetwood-Smith, The Wayward Genius (ABC Books) is very highly regarded.
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Richard Hill retired from the Royal Navy as a Rear Admiral in 1983. He has written six books on naval affairs including War At Sea in the Ironclad Age in the Cassell History of Warfare. He is the Editor of the Naval Review and Chairman of the Society for Nautical Research, and was awarded the first Mountbatten Prize for this and his other year 2000 publications.Richard Hill has won 71 caps for England as a flanker since making his debut in 1997, and was widely regarded as the greatest player in his position in the world. He was a key part of England's World Cup-winning squad in 2003. He plays his club rugby for Saracens.
Eddie Jordan was born in 1948, and began to make money as a superb salesman, which helped fund his love of motor sport. In the 1980s he began to move from driving to running racing teams, eventually moving into Formula One in 1989. Eventually, he sold his team in January 2005. In autumn 2006, he presented Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers on Channel Five.
In a career spanning almost 20 years Mary King has become one of British Eventing's icons and a regular member of the British team.The risks of riding were brought home to her in 2001 when she broke her neck in a fall, from which she fortunately fully recovered. For many young mothers that would have been a signal to hang up their boots but Mary fought her way back to fitness and back into the British squad for the World Championships in 2002. By her own admission Mary, now 47, finds it extraordinary that she became interested in horses as her parents were anything but keen. Her father, a retired naval officer, became a verger and at the age of six Mary began to ride the vicar's pony. Inspired by a visit to Badminton Horse Trials, Mary worked tirelessly on a butcher's delivery round and as a gardener, cook and chalet girl ¿ anything to fund her eventing career. She became head girl to Sheila Willcox, a former European Champion and Badminton winner, and in 1985 she made her Badminton debut, finishing in seventh position. In 1992 she added her name to the famous trophy with her great horse King William, the only horse to accumulate more than 2000 points in competition, and she achieved her second Badminton victory in 2000 with Star Appeal. Her glittering career has brought four team gold medals at World and European Championships and the title of British Champion a record four times. She has also represented Britain at the last three Olympic Games. Mary is married with two children and lives near Sidmouth in Devon.
Ashley Mallett was a tall off-spinner who bowled in Ian Chappell's Australian sides of the late sixties and early seventies. In 38 Tests he took 132 wickets. He's now a cricket writer and journalist.Ashley Mallett played test cricket with Doug Walters and is author of many books including -Chappelli Speaks Out.Ashley Mallett played test cricket with Jeff Thompson and is the author of many books, including Chappelli Speaks Out (Allen & Unwin, 2005) and One of a Kind: The Doug Walters Story (Allen & Unwin, 2008).
Aili McConnon writes for BusinessWeek Magazine. She has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN and ABC television and she has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Guardian. She received a B.A. in Literature with honors from Princeton, an M.Phil in literature from Cambridge University and an M.Sc. with honors in Journalism from Columbia University.Follow Aili on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AiliMcConnon
Andres McConnon is the primary researcher on the forthcoming publication, The Nazi Culture Sourcebook (University of California Press, 2009). He graduated with high honors from Princeton University and was nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship. While researching and writing ROAD TO VALOUR, he lived for periods in Paris, Florence and the Italian Riviera.
Born in County Antrim in 1974, A. P. McCoy rode his first winner in 1992. In 1996, he was crowned champion jockey for the first time, and he has held the title ever since. He received an OBE in 2010, a year after riding his 3,000th winner, and he was the first jockey to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He lives with his wife, Chanelle, and children, Eve and Archie, in Berkshire. Follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AP_McCoy
A.P. (Tony) McCoy
Tony McCoy has been racing in England since 1994 and is widely recognised as one of the greatest National Hunt jockeys of all time. In only two of the last thirteen years has he failed to win Jump Jockey of the Year.Follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AP_McCoy.