A big thank you to everyone who bought a book on our website over the summer. Now that it’s officially the start of autumn, we thought we’d reveal our top ten summer bestsellers. Have a look below to see which titles made the list …
Sabrina Verjee is an ultrarunning phenomenon. In June 2021, on her fourth attempt, she became the first person to climb the Lake District's 214 Wainwright hills in under six days, running 325 miles with a colossal 36,000 metres of ascent. Where There's a Hill is a frank and inspirational account of how one woman ran her way into the record books.
‘Wildly impressive achievements described in a beautifully understated way. Beware – this book might prompt you to try a Wainwrights of your own!’ – Vassos Alexander
In We Can’t Run Away From This, ultrarunner Damian Hall examines the impact of running in our climate and ecological emergency. Packed with insights from experts, it is an enlightening read which will prompt us all to really think about our kit, food and travel, and to identify simple changes we can make to our behaviour.
‘It’s impossible to read this book and not make changes to your life.’ – Beth Pascall
‘Any runner should take the time to learn the information shared in this book.’ – John Kelly
In Mont Blanc Lines, photographer and alpinist Alex Buisse has travelled the Mont Blanc massif to capture images of the major mountain faces and to trace the classic climbing and skiing lines. As well as Mont Blanc, also featured are the Grandes Jorasses, the Aiguille du Midi and more, as well as the Matterhorn and the Eiger in Switzerland.
Beastmaking by Ned Feehally is a book about training for climbing. It is designed to provide normal people – like you and me – with the tools we need to get the most out of our climbing. It features sections on finger strength, fingerboarding, board training, mobility and core, and includes suggested exercises and workouts.
‘Definitely one to keep handy in your climbing bag or on your coffee table.’ – Leah Crane
‘If you want to improve your climbing, then it’s worth checking out this book.’ – Alexander Megos
Approaching retirement and frustrated with her job, Siobhan Daniels made a BIG decision: to start living life on her own terms. Rather than hiding from life’s challenges, she bought a motorhome and drove off to find them. Retirement Rebel is Siobhan’s story about how she stepped off the merry-go-round of life and started enjoying the journey.
‘An inspirational book.’ – Jojo Sutherland
‘Enjoy this great tale of determination, courage and joy. You won’t look back.’ – Kaye Adams
Grit Blocs by Dave Parry showcases 100 of the finest must-do boulder problems on the gritstone outcrops, edges and quarries of the Pennines. The stunning photography is accompanied by texts that expand on the context and characteristics of the boulder problems.
‘A beautiful guidebook that captures the magic of gritstone.’ – Martin Mobråten
‘This book perfectly captures how much good climbing we have in the UK.’ – Jim Pope
Great British Gravel Rides by Markus Stitz is a collection of 25 routes – each is a favourite of a passionate gravel cyclist – exploring the very best gravel cycling across England, Wales and Scotland. Illustrated with stunning action photography and overview mapping; downloadable GPX files are also included.
‘My new bible for a while.’ – Rob Penn
‘A comprehensive guide to some great routes on gravel and road.’ – UK Gravel Collective
What we eat has a huge impact on our physical and mental health, and our performance in our chosen sport. More Fuel You is a clear and authoritative guide to making the most of your nutrition. Leading sports dietitian Renee McGregor analyses fuelling needs and popular diet options for everyone from enthusiastic amateurs to elite athletes.
‘Some very interesting reading: a solid and holistic prospective for fuelling your body by one of our very best sports nutritionists.’ – Jamie Oliver
The Climbing Bible: Practical Exercises by Martin Mobråten and Stian Christophersen is a collection of exercises designed for developing technique and strength for climbing. It is illustrated with over 200 photos, and features insights from the authors and other top climbers. Also included is a section for children and young climbers.
‘This is a useful, comprehensive resource that covers many aspects of a complex sport.’ – Vertical Life
Britain’s Best Bike Ride by John Walsh and Hannah Reynolds is an inspirational guide to making the most of this extraordinary journey. Illustrated with stunning action photography and overview mapping; downloadable GPX files are also included.
‘Brilliantly written and beautifully put together – this is a book and a route for all aspiring touring cyclists.’ – Tim Wiggins, Life in the Saddle