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Extreme Ironing [Hardcover]

Phil Shaw
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1 Oct 2003
In 2003, extreme ironing is the world's newest adrenalin sport, combining the thrill of extreme outdoor activity - rock climbing, mountaineering, canoeing, scuba diving or surfing - with the satisfaction of well-pressed clothing. Participants of the sport are known as ironists and pride themselves on returning to work on Monday morning in a shirt which was ironed at the weekend whilst dangling from a rock face or riding the rapids. From its humble beginnings in the English East Midlands city of Leicester in 1997, the sport has gone global, with the first Extreme Ironing World Championships being held in Munich 2002. Since then even more people have taken ironing outside, under the sky, where it belongs. Written by the sport's founding father, this book, illustrated throughout with photographs, is a guide to equipment and clothing; a description of the different styles of extreme ironing; and an overview of worldwide developments.


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843305550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843305552
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 25 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is amazing. Informative and amazingly interesting, yet also hilarious. Guaranteed to cheer up anyone struggling through the weekend ironing mountain - if you think your ironing is difficult, it's nothing compared to what these guys go through with theirs! Suitable for anyone and everyone, a book full of stunning acheivements and sheer wonder. What drives an extreme ironer to take part in this, we are led to believe, fast growing sport? Would make an excellent Christmas gift for someone tricky to buy for.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teenage boy! 29 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
What do teenage boys read? Very little probably if they're like most! However, they may well read this and enjoy it immensely. There is quite a lot of reading in it and loads of amusing and interesting colour pictures! Great facts and explanations of this unbelievable sport. My boys were tickled pink by the picture of the "judges" of the standard of the ironing, and spent hours perusing the rules and regulations of the sport and the great pictures. A really good buy for an adventurous young fellow who was told to choose a book for the school prizegiving and was unable to find anything of the remotest interest in the local bookshop!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Shield VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
For many years I have dived, canyoned, climbed, caved, ski-ied, white water rafted and bare backed rode white sharks. However despite the short term adrenalin rush their is always that slightly crumbled and creased aftertaste. Something has always been missing in my careless search for the ultimate thrill-but not anymore. A throw away Christmas gag has turned into an obsession- I am now looking to form the Languedocienne extreme ironing cell (English speaking but French, Catalans and Occitans accepted) and join the world brother and sisterhood of extreme ironists. There are many rivers to cross and many shirts to iron, but their ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley deep enough to stop this new ironing movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Book 9 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Im sure it is a serious subject for some but very comical for others. Laughed all the way through it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme ironing is extremely funny 17 Jan 2007
By Lauren J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was a big hit with my family this Christmas. Worth every penny - and then some.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Iron on a highwire without reading this book first! 21 May 2014
By Christopher S. Marcum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
At first, I was a major skeptic of Extreme Ironing. But, two pages in and you'll be a believer. It never occurred to me that I could iron on a cliff, while skydiving, or at the bottom of the ocean. After reading this book, all of my shirts get starched while I juggle six running chainsaws.
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