Un grand récit d'aventure, où tout est vrai, et un plaidoyer convaincant pour une philosophie qui a fait de nombreux adeptes dans le monde : la course minimaliste.
Pourquoi Christopher McDougall a-t-il mal aux pieds quand il court ? Pour répondre à cette entêtante question, l'auteur - journaliste et coureur de longues distances - part à la recherche d'une tribu légendaire et d'un mystérieux Caballo blanco, dans les replis inaccessibles des Copper Canyons, au Mexique. Sous la menace de narco trafiquants, au coeur de reliefs verti gineux où se blottissent des villages invisibles, l'auteur va rencontrer la tribu des Tarahumaras, et surtout découvrir un mode de vie qui révolutionnera le monde de la course à pied.
Formidable récit d'aventure, où tout est vrai, Born to run nous embarque dans un tourbillon de rencontres avec des personnages capables de parcourir 200 kilomètres sous 50 °C dans la Vallée de la Mort ou à plus de 4 000 mètres dans les montagnes du Colorado. En racontant quelques-unes des plus incroyables courses d'" ultra " de la planète, l'auteur nous plonge aux limites de l'endurance humaine, dans un plaidoyer convaincant pour une philosophie du dépouillement :
La course minimaliste.
Élevée dans une petite ville conservatrice du nord de la Californie, benjamine d'une fratrie de six enfants, Megan Rapinoe tape dans son premier ballon à l'âge de quatre ans. Son talent est une évidence.
En 2012, avec l'équipe américaine de football, elle remporte la médaille d'or aux Jeux olympiques, puis la Coupe du monde en 2015. Elle est la première joueuse de football à faire son coming out dans les médias, et à s'agenouiller pendant l'hymne national pour protester contre les violences policières. Farouche opposante à Donald Trump, elle a catégoriquement refusé de se rendre à la Maison Blanche après la Coupe du monde remportée avec ses coéquipières en 2019.
Dans ce texte vif et inspirant, celle qui est aujourd'hui une figure incontournable de la lutte LGTBQ et du mouvement Black Lives Matter nous incite toutes et tous à prendre part à la lutte pour la justice et l'égalité.
Plongez dans l'histoire la plus fascinante du sport moderne. Vous saurez tout de Michael Jeffrey Jordan. L'acteur. L'icône. Et surtout l'homme. Rarement un sportif aura autant fait pour la popularité de sa discipline à l'échelle mondiale. Roland Lazenby retrace toutes les étapes de cette ascension fulgurante et étourdissante, en n'omettant aucun détail.
La culture surf s'est construite essentiellement autour de l'image du surfeur blond aux yeux bleus. C'est ce monopole que le projet Afrosurf, fruit d'une collaboration entre Selema Masekela et le label de surf africain Mami Wata essaie de rompre. En quelques 200 photos, 18 pays, 14 histoire et 25 portraits de surfeurs et surfeuses du continent africain, ce livre présente toute la richesse et la vivacité de la culture surf en Afrique, du Maroc à la Somalie en passant par le Mozambique, le Sénégal et d'Afrique du Sud.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 2016 WINNER OF THE 2016 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life. William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii. Barbarian Days is his immersive memoir of a life spent travelling the world chasing waves through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa and beyond. Finnegan describes the edgy yet enduring brotherhood forged among the swell of the surf; and recalling his own apprenticeship to the world's most famous and challenging waves, he considers the intense relationship formed between man, board and water. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, a social history, an extraordinary exploration of one man's gradual mastering of an exacting and little-understood art. It is a memoir of dangerous obsession and enchantment.
Un compte-rendu tout en images sur les filles de la scène skate contemporaine. De tous âges et de toutes origines, des novices aux pros, ce livre propose une banque de photos étonnates ainsi qu'une brève histoire illustrée du skate, et quelques tricks pour réussir ses figures.
Ce beau livre illustré recense 7 voyages à faire sur les meilleurs spots de surf en Europe. Entre le Pays Basque français, la Bretagne et la Cantabrie en Espagne, ce livre présente des incontournables du surf et des pics moins connus, et donne les meilleures adresses de restaurants de plage, d'hôtels design, de visites architecturales et de road trips dans leurs alentours.
Ce livre dresse le portrait de 40 skateuses qui ont su se frayer un chemin dans les skateparks et contribuer à la féminisation de ce sport. Réalisatrices, coaches, pros du longboard, fabricantes de planches, on y découvre celles qui bousculent les codes dans tous les aspects de la profession, notamment Emily Pross, spécialiste du downhill, les fondatrices de GRLSWIRL, la première communauté skate 100 % féminine, ou encore Bunga Nyimas Cinta, Indonésienne médaillée à 12 ans aux Asian Games.
An account of the ascent of the 21,000ft Siula Grande peak in the Peruvian Andes. Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had achieved the summit before the first disaster struck. What happened and how they dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted is the subject of this book.
In 1959, Liverpool Football Club were in the Second Division. Fifteen seasons later, Liverpool Football Club had won three League titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Their manager was Bill Shankly. This book tells the story of the rise of Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly.
Ce livre propose un panorama sur la vie des amateurs de surf - professionnels et autres - de tous les coins du globe. Pour partir à la rencontre de Quirin Rohleder, pionnier du surf fluvial né à Munich, sur l'évolution d'un sport autrefois obscur, et du cinéaste Mario Hainzl sur les spots de surf moins connus de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, ou encore de João Parrinha et Xandi Kreuzeder, des artistes de Santo Isidoro qui réalisent des sculptures à partir de débris océaniques, et Mirko Sebastian Stränger, un maître charpentier à Barcelone devenu shaper, dont les planches de bois se cont fait une réputation mondiale pour leur flottaison tout en légèreté.
Malgré sa surexposition médiatique, personne ne sait vraiment qui est Tiger Woods : athlète unique, homme hors normes, star mondiale à l'aura inégalée, personnage shakespearien oscillant entre ombre et lumière. Lorsque le scandale de ses infidélités et de ses addictions éclata, sa chute fut aussi vertigineuse que son ascension avait été fascinante. Un mythe s'écroulait, dans un fracas violent et sidérant. Aussi insensé que ce défi puisse paraître, les auteurs de cette biographie ont voulu tout connaître de sa vie - et au bout de trois ans d'enquête et de centaines d'interviews, ils y sont parvenus, multipliant les révélations et les anecdotes inédites : la domination sans partage qu'il exerça sur le golf, ses addictions autodestructrices, son obsession du contrôle, ses relations glaciales avec son entourage, sa double vie et ses soirées à Las Vegas aux côtés de Charles Barkley et Michael Jordan, ses blessures à répétition et le martyre qu'il infligea à son corps, les rumeurs de dopage qui ont toujours escorté ses victoires, et bien sûr les effets dévastateurs de la pression colossale, étouffante, que fit peser son père sur l'enfant introverti qu'était le jeune Tiger.
Parce que ses parents « lui avaient enlevé une part d'humanité pour la remplacer par du talent », le génie dont fi t si souvent preuve Tiger Woods sur un parcours de golf ne lui fut d'aucune aide au moment de lutter contre ses failles et ses faiblesses. Qu'il y soit finalement parvenu, et que le monde entier se prenne à rêver à un phénoménal come-back, ne peut que renforcer encore l'admiration que suscite un aussi extraordinaire destin.
''Incredible individual, incredible book, incredible story.'' CHRIS HEMSWORTH ''A hero who is as humble as he is resilient... testament to a ''never give up'' spirit!'' BEAR GRYLLS ''From reading this book, the message that comes shining through is this: you can achieve anything.'' ANT MIDDLETON Bestselling author and award-winning adventurer Ross Edgley has been studyingthe art of resiliencefor years, applying all he has learned to become the first person in history to swim around Great Britain, breaking multiple world records. Now Ross focuses on mental strength, stoicism and the training needed to create an unbreakable body. Ross Edgley famously ran a marathon pulling a 1.4-tonne car and climbed a rope the height of Everest (8,848m), after living withYamabushi warrior monks in Japan and partaking in Shamanic pain rituals with fire ants in the Amazon jungle.On his epic 1,780-mile journey around Great Britain, which lasted 157 days, Ross swam through giant jellyfish, arctic storms, ''haunted'' whirlpools and polluted shipping lanes, going so hard, and so fast, his tongue fell apart. Ross''s previous book, The World''s Fittest Book , was a Sunday Times bestseller and explored the science of physical fitness. Now, in The Art of Resilience , Ross uses his swim experience and other amazing endurance feats, where he managed toovercome seemingly insurmountable pain, hardship and adversity, to study the performance of extreme athletes, military and fitness specialists and psychologists to uncover the secrets of mental fitness and explore the concept of resilience, persistence, valour and a disciplined mindset in overcoming adversity. This ground-breaking bookrepresents a paradigm shift in what we thought the human body and mind were capable of and will give you ablueprint to become a tougher, more resilient and ultimately better human - whatever the challenge you face.
** 2020 TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR ** DOUBLE WINNER: BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF 2020 & BEST OVERALL SPORTS BOOK OF 2020 ________________________________ ''Incredible stories... you don''t have to be a boxing fan to enjoy it'' SCOTT MILLS, BBC RADIO 1 ''One of sport''s most heart-warming stories'' SUNDAY TIMES , SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR '' A must-read for any boxing fan .'' WORLD BOXING NEWS '' If you know someone who is a fan of the People''s Champion then they''ll love this. '' TALKSPORT XMAS GIFT GUIDE The extraordinary story of the rise and fall and rise again of Tyson Fury... THE GYPSY KING. A Manchester lad from Irish Traveller stock, born three months premature and weighing just a pound at birth, Tyson (named after his father''s boxing hero) grew up to become one of the most unlikely heavyweight champions in history. This ''dream come true'' soon turned to nightmare, however, as alcohol and cocaine abuse took hold and Tyson was stripped of his titles. What followed was the darkest moment of his life - detailed in this book for the first time - in which he came within seconds of ending everything. THE PEOPLE''S CHAMPION. Like all the greatest stories, though, there is redemption and Tyson defies all the odds and literally drags himself to his feet. 10 million people around the globe watched Fury fight Wilder in the biggest fight of the boxing calendar. Speaking candidly about his struggles with mental health, this is Tyson Fury as you have never seen him before. A BRITISH ICON. ________________________________ Behind the Mask is an unflinching autobiography from the greatest boxer of our time and a man who has demonstrated strength of a very different kind by conquering his demons. ________________________________ ''It''s a great book, if I could read, I''d buy it'' BILLY JOE SAUNDERS, WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion ''I didn''t believe boxers could be role models, but Tyson Fury has changed my mind... This 30-year-old Mancunian has made us all think twice about the possibilities of redemption.'' SIMON KELNER, INDEPENDENT ''Tyson Fury has become Britain''s most unlikely inspirational figure... the sight of a broken Fury caught a mood with the public. Never was the epithet "People''s Champion" more apt'' RON LEWIS, THE TIMES ''Tyson Fury is an amazing real-life champion'' SYLVESTER STALLONE , star of Rocky ''You may not have any interest in boxing at all and you will find this story about Tyson''s life fascinating '' BBC RADIO 5 LIVE '' An unusual, heartening story , nicely told. There is much to amaze and admire'' SUNDAY TIMES
For the very first time, world-renowned and revolutionary football manager Arsene Wenger tells his own story. He opens up about his life, sharing principles for success on and off the field with lessons on leadership, and vivid tales of his 22 years managing Arsenal to unprecedented success. There, Wenger won multiple Premier League championships and a record number of FA Cups, and his teams included the Invincibles of 2003-2004 and a record-breaking undefeated 49-match run. He popularised an attacking approach and belief that the game should be entertaining but he also changed the attitudes of British football fans towards players' diet, fitness and coaching methods - and towards foreign managers too. In My Life in Red and White , Wenger charts his extraordinary career, including his rise in France and Japan where he managed Nancy, Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight (clubs that also play in red-and-white, like Arsenal!) to his 22 years at the helm of an internationally renowned club from 1996 onwards. He describes the unrest that led to his resignation in 2018, and his current role as Chief of Global Football Development for FIFA. He offers studious reflections on the game and his groundbreaking approach to motivation, mindset, fitness and football that was often beautiful to watch. This book is a must-read for not only Arsenal fans but football fans everywhere, for management and business leaders, and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life. It will illuminate the mystique surrounding one of the most revered and successful manager's life story, strategy and vision in the world's most popular sport.
The brilliant, inspirational next book by the author of the incredible No. 1 bestseller FIRST MAN IN. Without fear, there''s no challenge. Without challenge, there''s no growth. Without growth, there''s no life. Ant Middleton is no stranger to fear: as a point man in the Special Forces, he confronted fear on a daily basis, never knowing what lay behind the next corner, or the next closed door. In prison, he was thrust into the unknown, cut off from friends and family, isolated with thoughts of failure and dread for his future. And at the top of Everest, in desperate, life-threatening conditions, he was forced to face up to his greatest fear, of leaving his wife and children without a husband and father. But fear is not his enemy. It is the energy that propels him. Thanks to the revolutionary concept of the Fear Bubble, Ant has learned to harness the power of fear and understands the positive force that it can become. Fear gives Ant his edge, allowing him to seek out life''s challenges, whether that is at home, pushing himself every day to be the best father he can be, or stuck in the death zone on top of the world in a 90mph blizzard. In his groundbreaking new book, Ant Middleton thrillingly retells the story of his death-defying climb of Everest and reveals the concept of the Fear Bubble, showing how it can be used in our lives to help us break through our limits. Powerful, unflinching and an inspirational call to action, The Fear Bubble is essential reading for anyone who wants to push themselves further, harness their fears and conquer their own personal Everests.
As Kieran Read prepares to call time on his distinguished New Zealand career at the end of the Rugby World Cup, this is the open and honest life story of one of rugby's greatest players, a legendary All Black and a two-time World Cup winner. Kieran Read first played for the All Blacks as a 23-year-old in 2008 and since then has amassed more than a century of Test appearances in the famous jersey. Now, after a stellar provincial, club and international career - including back-to-back World Cup victories - the New Zealand captain writes openly and honestly about his time in the game. Read takes to these pages with his trademark determination, lifting the lid on the unique pressures of succeeding as captain the most celebrated All Black of all time (Richie McCaw). He outlines the decisions that molded his career and uncovers the skills of the coaches who shaped him, while offering readers an inside account of how the world's greatest team functions and thrives. Read unpacks the emotional toll of injury and the ignominy of defeat, neatly illustrating the intense experience of representing a rugby-obsessed nation while delivering a masterclass in how to manage the many demands on the mind and on the body. Forthright and frank, Read's well-respected views on the game and its future are a must-read for rugby fans, and his take on the myriad personalities and the peccadilloes of his team-mates, coaches and opponents will be sure to surprise and delight. From the playing fields of Papakura to the summit of the sport, Read has faced every challenge head on. His life story if no exception.
Kobe Bryant is a legend, The Rise is a fascinating look at his early life and how he became regarded as one of basketball''s greatest ever players. Kobe Bryant''s death in January 2020 did more than rattle the worlds of sports and celebrity. It took the tragedy of that helicopter crash to reveal the full breadth and depth of Kobe''s influence, and by tracing and telling the oft-forgotten and lesser-known story of his early life, The Rise promises to provide an unparalleled insight into Kobe. In The Rise , readers will travel from the cracked concrete basketball courts of Philadelphia in the 1960s and ''70s-where Kobe''s father, Joe, became a playground, college, and professional standout-to the majesty and isolation of Europe, where Kobe spent his formative years, to the leafy suburbs of Lower Merion, where Kobe''s legend was born. The story will culminate with his leading Lower Merion to the 1995-96 Pennsylvania state championship-a true underdog run for a team with just one star player, Kobe-and with the 1996 NBA draft, where Kobe''s dream of playing pro basketball culminated with his acquisition by the Los Angeles Lakers. In researching and writing The Rise , Mike Sielski had a terrific advantage over other writers who have attempted to chronicle Kobe''s life: access to a series of never-before-released interviews with him during his senior season and early days in the NBA. For a quarter-century, these tapes and transcripts preserved Kobe''s thoughts, dreams, and goals from his teenage years, and they contained insights into him and told stories about him that have never been revealed before. This will be beyond a mere basketball book. This will be an exploration of the making of an icon and the effect of his development on those around him-the essence of the man before he truly became a man.
Shortlisted for the 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards Best Biography of the Year Bryant is one of basketball's greatest-ever players, a fascinating and complicated character who says he knew when he was a boy that he would be better than Michael Jordan. Aloof and uncompromising, Bryant is the grand enigma of American professional basketball, easily the most driven player in the history of the sport, the absolute master of study and preparation. But his career has also been one of almost constant conflict: with his teammate Shaquille O'Neal; with Phil Jackson, coach of the championship-winning Lakers team that Kobe led; with the law; with his wife Vanessa; and with so many of his contemporaries, opponents and teammates. Comprehensive and unflinching, Showboat unravels the conundrum that is Kobe Bryant.
''The best Everest book I''ve read since Into Thin Air . Synnott''s climbing skills take you places few will ever dare to tread, but it''s his writing that will keep you turning pages well past bedtime.'' - Mark Adams Veteran climber Mark Synnott never planned on climbing Mount Everest. But a hundred-year mystery lured him into an expedition where a history of passionate adventure, chilling tragedy, and human aspiration unfolded. George Mallory and Sandy Irvine were last seen in 1924, eight hundred feet shy of Everest''s summit. A century later, we still don''t know whether they achieved their goal of being first to reach the top, decades before Hillary and Norgay in 1953. Irvine carried a camera with him to record their attempt, but it, along with his body, had never been found. Did Mallory and Irvine reach the summit and take a photograph before they fell to their deaths? Mark Synnott made his own ascent up the infamous North Face to try and find Irvine''s body and the camera. But during a season described as ''the one that broke Everest'', an awful traffic jam of climbers at the summit resulted in tragic deaths. Synnott''s quest became something bigger than the original mystery that drew him there - an attempt to understand the madness of the mountain and why it continues to have a magnetic draw on explorers. Exploring how science, business and politics have changed who climbs Everest, The Third Pole is a thrilling portrait of the mountain spanning a century.
Climbing gives you the illusion of being in control, just for a while, the tantalising sense of being able to stay one move ahead of death. Helen Mort has always been drawn to the thrill and risk of climbing: the tension between human and rockface, and the climber''s powerful connection to the elemental world. But when she becomes a mother for the first time, she finds herself re-examining her relationship with both the natural world and herself, as well as the way the world views women who aren''t afraid to take risks. A Line Above the Sky melds memoir and nature writing to ask why humans are drawn to danger, and how we can find freedom in pushing our limits. It is a visceral love letter to losing oneself in physicality, whether climbing a mountain or bringing a child into the world, and an unforgettable celebration of womanhood in all its forms.