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Readers have provided their own favourites in response to Phil Gardner’s top 10 sports books of all time.

ROBERT LAWTON: Beyond A Boundary (CLR James) – great memoir/meditation on cricket, race, colonialism, class and culture.

The Ball is Round (D Goldblatt) – Das Kapital of football: a massive soccer bible, recounting the way in which money, power and class made the world game, and continue to transform it. Great work on South America, Africa and Eastern Europe, but no corner of the world is left out.

KIM HORTON: Best sports book, The Sports Gene by David Epstein … brilliant.

RICHARD ALLAN: My vote for best fictional sports book is The Rider by Tim Krabbe.

It is a beautifully written short novel about the pain and exhilaration of cycle racing. Set within the time scale of an amateur one day race, it is the best description of the physical and psychological journey that a rider goes through during a long road race as well as being a philosophical meditation on cycle racing.

STEVE EVANS: Yes, the quality of the writing is paramount, but not one book on motorsports? Did our expert consider Casey Stoner’s book, for example – Casey Stoner: Victory Lap?

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