British Sporting Summer

Are you spending as many spare hours as possible watching Wimbledon with a plate of strawberries? Or will you be spending this weekend admiring elegantly designed cars race around the Silverstone track? We've got some great book suggestions for sports fans at the height of this British Sporting Summer!

For a hilarious and passionate take on the Wimbledon championship, Standing in Line is 'packed with funny anecdotes, strange encounters and heartwarming affirmations of the power of sport, and in particular tennis, to bring people together in celebration, despair and everything in between'.

Standing in Line | Ben Chatfield

Standing in Line is a humorous memoir told through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy becoming a 39-year-old man. A love letter to Wimbledon, this book is full of the trials and tribulations on court and memorable pop-cultural moments off it. With wonderful illustrations by Zebedee Helm, the book observes the changing times and the behaviour of the half-million fans who cram themselves into this leafy corner of London for two weeks every year. Standing in Line is a joyful, gently nostalgic read for anyone who has found themselves captivated by the magic of Wimbledon.

Another great read in the spirit of Wimbledon is Jimmy Connors' autobiography, The Outsider: My Autobiography. Jimmy Connors is a legend in tennis - from a working-class background, he fought for every point, every win with a ferocious passion and won more singles tournaments than any other man in history.

The Outsider: My Autobiography | Jimmy Connors

In this autobiography Connors tells the reader about what really happened on and off court. The rivalry with John McEnroe that frequently threatened to turn violent, with Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl. He discusses his romance with Chris Evert, another World No. 1 tennis player,  and fondly remembers his escapades with his partner in crime, Ilie Nastase. This book demands no questions of Connors' determination that lead him to be the best player on the planet.

This is no genteel memoir of a pillar of the tennis establishment. Unflinching, hard-hitting, humorous and passionate, this is the story of a legend - the one and only Jimmy Connors.

You can't discuss the British Grand Prix without mentioning Lewis Hamilton. Now a quadruple Grand Prix champion, Hamilton is considered one of the greatest drivers of his generation and in the history of Formula 1. Lewis Hamilton: My Story contains honest and fascinating details, what motivates him and what/who influences him. A great gift for any Hamilton fan!

Lewis Hamilton: My Story | Lewis Hamilton

In My Story, Lewis Hamilton opens up about his stunning debut season in Grand Prix racing, as well as his dad Anthony, his home life and his early years.

Lewis charts how he got into the sport and was signed up by Ron Dennis, what motivates him, who are his closest friends, how he copes with the constant travelling, and the physical and mental challenges of driving a state-of-the-art Formula 1 car. He looks back in detail at the 2007 World Championship – the race wins, the frightening crash in Germany, his intense rivalry with team-mate Fernando Alonso, his special relationship with Ron Dennis, and the furore over the Ferrari allegations.

Alternatively, the bestselling How to Build a Car, autobiography of the hugely admired Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey, is an incredible story of an engineering genius who began sketching car designs at the age of 12. Always with the desire to increase the vehicles’ speeds, Adrian Newey has designed cars for Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. His engaging and entertaining writing details how these cars actually work.

How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula 1 Designer | Adrian Newey

The world’s foremost designer in Formula One, Adrian Newey OBE is arguably one of Britain’s greatest engineers. This fascinating memoir, How to Build a Car, explores the story of Adrian’s 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he’s been involved.

Beautifully illustrated with never-before-seen drawings, How to Build a Car encapsulates, through Adrian’s remarkable life story, precisely what makes Formula One so thrilling – its potential for the total synchronicity of man and machine, the perfect combination of style, efficiency and speed.

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