Even the biggest sports fans tire of books that turn athletes into superheroes whose approach to their games hold keys to resolving the Middle East crisis.
Rick Reilly uses Who's Your Caddy? to bring golf and its players on a par with the mortal world.
In Moneyball, Michael Lewis turns his eye to Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's baseball team, which won with cheap, ageing or inexperienced players.
A Corner Of A Foreign Field by Ramachandra Guha is as much an analysis of colonial India as a history of cricket on the subcontinent.
On Being John McEnroe by Tim Adams looks at the state of mind that so often took the superbrat over the line.
But if you need writing that kisses the boot of the gods, David Beckham's autobiography, My Side, is to be released on September 12.