This is a brilliant book. I don't know which bit to praise most! Its really funny (I defy you not to laugh at the story of Hugh Forgie, the great badminton star of the 1930s - apparently including badminton on ice and two Hollywood movies 'Flying Feathers' 'ValleyOops!' which I now desperately want to see). Its clever - its central argument that, given the intensity applied to every Olympic sport, they are all worth watching if you understand them is true, (I've been persuaded to watch rowing, a sport I have had no interest in after Goldblatt and Acton explained that the race is designed to drain every last once of energy from the rowers so that ' if they time it correctly the Final stroke of the race is the last they are able to pull', that makes it compelling doesn't it? And its also just plain informative - I know understand handball and get why Judo is taken so seriously. Trust me, this summer, if you read this book, you will have a different perspective on the games to everyone else and I guarantee you will be quoting it at length.