Fully revised and updated, this is the perfect gift book for the 2010 World Cup and beyond
Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of over 140 books for children and adults. These range from the serious (Robots, The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia, Planet Under Pressure: Pollution and Wow! Science) and sporty (with books on the Olympics, football, basketball and skateboarding) to the downright silly (Joy's Annoying Toys, The Huge Rude Duke and The Curse of the Toxic Trousers).
Clive has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee (he was top scorer at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg back in the nineties).
His books have been shortlisted for the TES Information Book of the Year and the British Book Awards as well as winning Smithsonian, Children's Choice, NAPPA and PBS awards. Sir Ranulph Fiennes called his latest book on Explorers, "An inspiration to all adventurers." whilst The Guardian declared that his Kingfisher Book Of Football, "was worth a season's training" and the Manchester Evening News labelled it, "The classiest football book around."
2012 saw Clive's writing on machines nominated for the Blue Peter Book Awards and his book on astronomy, Out Of This World, on the shortlist for The Royal Society Book Prize.
Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk