Fitting now The Doctor is hanging up his leathers (and stethoscope?) after a stellar 25 year career that saw him win nine world championships, that a raft of books are coming out in celebration. This is one of the first, launched last year. Stuart Barker charts the life and success of the Italian known by many as ‘The GOAT' or ‘Greatest Of Alltime' and comes via interviews with friends, rivals and those that know him well. This new paperback version contains 368 pages.
Price £9.99 (paperback) £18.99 (hardback) www.waterstones.com
JOEY DUNLOP: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY
21 years after his passing, journalist and fan Stuart Barker attempts to tell the definitive story of this road-racing legend and multiple champion. With a foreword by roads rival Carl Fogarty, all of ‘Yer Maun's triumphs are recounted here in 384 pages. At turns funny and sometimes tragic, this is the ultimate biography of The King of the Mountain.
Price £20 www.waterstones.com
Clearly a labour of love for publisher/ author Paul Guthrie, this book sub-titled ‘The Extraordinary Life and Tragic Death of a Scottish Motorcycle Racing Champion' features the full story of this superstar of the 1930s in its 344 pages. For the first time, German archive material exposes many of the previously unknown facts about the crash – including Nazi involvement.
Price £34 www.dukevideo.com
FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Rarely does ‘the other' side of the story from a racing partnership get told – but it does in this book. Sue Horton helps tell the story of husband/racer Clive Horton, who began racing alongside the likes of Neiltuxworth before securing his own Isle of Man TT win in 1973. With a foreword by Jon Ekerold, the book has 320 pages and more than 50 photographs.
Price £10 www.wideline.co.uk