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.
Sir Chris Bonington has taken part in 19 Himalayan expeditions and combined a career as a mountaineer with the writing of fifteen books, four of which were about Everest - EVEREST SOUTH WEST FACE, EVEREST THE HARD WAY, EVEREST THE UNCLIMBED RIDGE and THE EVEREST YEARS. Sir Chris was knighted in 1992 for services to mountaineering. He is heading the RGS/Alpine Club's Everest Celebrations Committee.
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.
David Coulthard is now the most successful British Grand Prix driver in history, in terms of points scored (517), and has driven in more races than any other British driver. He made his F1 debut in 1994 following the death of Ayrton Senna, and has three times been in the top three of the drivers' championship. He has won 13 Grands 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.
William Fox-Pitt is one of the world's leading three-day eventers, and the winner of the 2007 Burghley trials, among many other events. He is married to the broadcaster Alice Plunkett and lives in Dorset.
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.
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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Michael Holding was born in Jamaica in 1952 and became one of the most admired cricketers in the modern game, not only at international level but in English county cricket.
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.
Roland Lazenby is the author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon and Michael Jordan: The Life, among numerous other books. He has spent the past three decades interviewing NBA players, coaches and staff members while writing about the league. He lives in Virginia.
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.