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Best sports books of 2019

The Guardian
Saturday 30 November 2019 09:00

In a year of great sporting events, Emma John picks the standouts books – including a memoir on pigeon racing and a searing polemic on racism in footballWho knows how many books will be written about the extraordinary sporting year of 2019? Four English football clubs made European finals. Megan Rapinoe of the US and South Africa’s Siya Kolisi inspired their national football and rugby union teams to respective World Cup wins. The Cricket World Cup final was so nail-biting even its tiebreaker was tied.But great sports books tend to be reflective not reactive and this year the titles that make the best reads are a surprisingly off-piste bunch. It might seem counter-intuitive, after 12 months of end-to-end excitement, to pick up a book on the art of pigeon racing, or a travelogue that meanders gently around Flanders trying to understand its peculiar passion for cycling over cobbles. Continue reading...

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