The Book of British Sporting Heroes
James Huntington-Whiteley.

Debate is always at the centre of any discussion on sporting heroes, and one thing you will be promised in The Book of British Sporting Heroes is a little bit of disagreement–not because Huntingdon-Whiteley has got it wrong, but because it is one subject on which fans can never agree.

Starting with the 18th-century aristocrats who excelled in pugilism and horse riding, the book (which accompanied a National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name) goes through all eras of sporting prowess from then to the present day.

An ambitious project, this wonderful reference book (each entry is accompanied by a short precis of the person’s career and many have photographs or pictures too) pulls off  the difficult balance between past and present; information and interest; skill and stardom. A must for true British sport fans, this book will inspire arguments for years to come.