Sports stars are a unique breed of professional, a strange and sometimes contradictory mix of ambition, dedication, wealth, sacrifice and excess that they manage to express as athletic brilliance. The most successful - the fastest, the strongest, the most skilful - are so often the most compelling and the hardest to understand. What is it that sends them that bit further, that bit higher than their compatriots? Is it single-mindedness, or occasional madness? Relentless training, or a kind of God-given brilliance?Simon Hattenstone has interviewed some of the world's leading sportsmen and women, from Serena Williams to Jenson Button, Paul Gascoigne to Mike Tyson. 'Sport Legends: Blood, Sweat and Brilliance' captures 14 of the best interviews with a range of subjects from all sports - cricketers, footballers, rugby stars, boxers, snooker players are all here. Accompanied by a new essay by the author on the peculiar natures of our sporting heroes - and how they cope with their success - it is a read like no other.