Now Australia's Biggest Toy Shop

Shop over 1.5 Million Toys in our Huge New Range

This is the one book you have to read for London 2012. The Olympics is the world's biggest sporting event - and it moves centre stage for London 2012. Yet the games the world is familiar with - football, cricket, rugby, baseball, motor sports - are either missing or have a token presence. In their place are games that most of us have not a clue how to play or to watch. Which is where this witty, insightful book comes into play, offering the back story behind each Olympic sport and, by means of fiendishly clever diagrams and prose, explaining the rules and finer points. Once you have read David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton's accounts, you'll be on tenterhooks to see whether the Danish or the Koreans triumph at handball, just what the Italian fencers are up to, and if Greco-Roman wrestling really is like a game of chess.
Product Details

David Goldblatt is the author of the World Football Yearbook and The Ball is Round: a Global History of Football ('A tour de force of brilliant writing, historical colour and sporting vignette' Observer). He writes the Sporting Life column in Prospect magazine, teaches the sociology of sport at the University of Bristol, and broadcasts regularly on the politics of sport for BBC Radio 4. Johnny Acton is a writer who specialises in digging up obscure nuggets of information and making complex subjects accessible. He has written books on everything from pickling food (Preserved with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) to the history of balloons (The Man Who Touched the Sky).

Promotional Information

The one book you have to read for London 2012

About the Author

David Goldblatt is the author of the World Football Yearbook and The Ball is Round: a Global History of Football. He writes the Sporting Life column in Prospect magazine, teaches the sociology of sport at the University of Bristol, and broadcasts regularly on the politics of sport for BBC Radio 4. Johnny Acton is a writer who specialises in digging up obscure nuggets of information and making complex subjects accessible. He has written books on everything from pickling food (Preserved with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) to the history of balloons (The Man Who Touched the Sky).

Reviews

the perfect event-by-event primer for sport's biggest occasion * Independent * those planning Olympic spectatorship in 2012 will not find a better vade mecum than How to Watch the Olympics, David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton's crisply informative guide to all 29 sports in next summer's games * Observer * a handy and witty guide to the finer points of competition * Independent on Sunday *

Look for similar items by category
Home » Books » Humour » General
This title is unavailable for purchase as none of our regular suppliers have stock available. If you are the publisher, author or distributor for this item, please visit this link.
Back to top