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This Just In: Sports

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Six Recently-Arrived Titles from the Sports Section:

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

Ebooks available for Extreme Food and How To Drive.

You Review: Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? – Paul Simpson and Uli Hesse

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Reviewed by Richard Metcalf

There’s something in Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? by Paul Simpson and Uli Hesse to delight any reader: whether you’re a long-term footie fan, a North American who has just woken up to the wonders of football played with the feet, or you just enjoy learning a weird factoid or two to astound your mates. To give a small taste of the treats in store for readers of this highly entertaining volume, here’s a short quiz:

  • Which Danish footballer once faked his own death by shooting during a match, and why?
  • Whose pre-match ritual involved taking a slug of whisky, strapping his ankles with a full tin of tape, and having the team’s striker store his false teeth in the empty tin for the duration of the game?
  • Which Scottish goalkeeper was sent off for destroying the frame of the goal not once but twice in the same match?
  • How many professional matches have descended into such mayhem that the referee sent off both entire teams: all the players, including the substitutes, as well as the managers and technical staff?
  • Whose transfer to Manchester United was sealed with a freezer full of ice cream?

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, this book will also tell you:

  • Which team won a European Cup match after failing to score in a penalty shoot-out
  • Where to draw inspiration if your team is 5-0 down with just 7 minutes left on the clock
  • The source of the legend that the Uruguayan team trained for the 1924 Olympics by chasing chickens
  • The sad truth behind the binge-drinking which inspired Paul Gascoigne’s “Dentist’s Chair” goal celebration at Euro 96
  • And why a team once made a 20,000 mile round trip to play a domestic cup match (and, no, it wasn’t a Scottish team competing for the “Proclaimers’ Trophy”).

Still not convinced? Just imagine you’re racing towards the goal and you take a shot, giving the ball such an almighty wallop that it explodes and then crosses the line with its bladder hanging out: is it still a goal?

With over 100 similar gems packed into around 275 pages, these pocket-sized snippets of soccer trivia are the perfect reading matter for a grown man in the little boys’ room with time on his hands.

“Are you alright in there, dear?”

You Review: The latest releases, reviewed by ABC customers.

Ebook available of Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?.

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Sports, Street Art, Tattoo

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Sports, Street Art and Tattoo as picked out by section buyers Martijn and Paul. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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Gift Ideas: Cooking, Health & Nutrition, Sports

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Cooking, Health & Nutrition and Sports as supplied by Simone, Jeroen, Agnes and Martijn.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!

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Citius, Altius, Fortius! Books on the Olympics

Friday, June 29th, 2012

For me, the Summer Olympics have something magical about them. Probably because, at the impressionable age of 11ish, I stumbled upon 16 Days of Glory, a documentary about the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.  It follows various Olympic hopefuls during their competitions, who and what inspired them to become athletes, and shows if they won a medal, competed to the best of their ability, or ended the day in heartbreak.  I was mesmerized – I must have watched the whole documentary 10 times – and the Olympics have remained special to me ever since.

You can possibly imagine the excitement building in my house with the 2012 London Olympics mere weeks away.  Granted, it hasn’t reached BBC levels, but, unfortunately for my family, I’m getting there..  My colleagues have come up with some great Olympian tips for you to read, and I hope they will entice you to watch the incredible sporting feats on offer a month away. Swifter, higher, stronger!

- Sophie

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