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A good book

If you’re not sure what to get the athletics fans in your life this Christmas, then check out these gift ideas

A number of great new books have hit bookshelves recently and here’s just a small selection.

Greg Rutherford’s autobiography Unexpected sets out to relay an honest account of the long jumper’s life so far. In it, some secrets of the world and London 2012 Olympic gold medallist’s success are revealed, while it also has detail on some of the issues that are dominating athletics. Unexpected is published by Simon & Schuster and costs £20 hardback.

Described as an “inspiring yet everyday story of a mum that runs and a runner that mums”, This Mum Runs tells the incredible story of five-time Olympian Jo Pavey, who won her first major title at the age of 40 when she claimed European 10,000m gold. This Mum Runs is published by Penguin Random House, RRP £18.99 in hardback.

It started as a daily blog for Toni Minichiello and his team on the road to Rio, then they turned it into a book. Described as featuring “wit and wisdom from Toni Minichiello, with Jessica Ennis-Hill and the team”, Coach To Rio documents the highs and lows of the pair’s road to Rio and includes coaching and performance insight, plus behind the scenes photography. Available to order at coachtorio.com for £50.

Using the famous 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games moment as its focal point, Collision Course: The Olympic Tragedy of Mary Decker and Zola Budd tells the story of two of the best-known and greatest athletes of all time. Written by AW editor Jason Henderson, it analyses their place in history as pioneers of women’s sport and lifts the lid on two lives that have been filled with stories of sporting and political intrigue that, until now, had never been fully told. Published by Arena Sport, Collision Course can be ordered through Amazon, RRP £12.99.

Find our full 2016 Athletics Christmas gift guide here.

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