THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 SPORTS BOOKS

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1 NatWest Playfair Cricket Annual 1997, edited by Bill Frindall (Headline, paperback, pounds 4.99)

2 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1997, edited by Matthew Engel (John Wisden, hardback pounds 26.00 and paperback)

3 The Red Army Years - Manchester United in the 1970's, Richard Kurt and Chris Nickeas (Headline, hardback, pounds 16.99)

4 A Lot of Hard Yakka, Simon Hughes (Headline, hardback, pounds 16.99)

5 Hand of God - The Life of Diego Maradona, Jimmy Burns (Bloomsbury; paperback, pounds 6.99)

6 Tales From The Boot Camps, Steve Claridge with Ian Ridley (Gollancz, hardback, pounds 16.99)

7 This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own, Jonathan Rendall (Faber, hardback, pounds 14.99)

8 One-Man Committee, Ray Illingworth and Jack Bannister (Headline, paperback, pounds 6.99)

9 The Jackie Robinson Reader - Perspectives on an American Hero, edited by Jules Tygiel (Dutton, hardback, pounds 20.50)

10 Royal & Ancient Golfer's Handbook 1997, edited by Michael Williams (Macmillan, paperback, pounds 19.99)

Chart compiled by Sportspages, 94-96 Charing Cross Road, London (0171 240 9604) and St Ann's Square, Manchester (0161 832 8530).

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