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On Me 'eadline: The complete history of sport from The Sun [Paperback]

The Sun , John Perry , Matthew Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 Oct 2007

The Sun guide to 30,000 years of sporting highlights by the team who gave you the UK's bestselling newspaper and the British Press Award winning Hold Ye Front Page.

When humans first tried to run faster than any other human for fun, or shot an arrow that wasn't aimed at lunch, sport was invented (or if you follow Ernest Hemingway's rule – games).

If you have ever wondered when ball sports were invented, or why the first Olympics in 776BC didn't have a marathon, or when golf was first played, or what is the association between milking stools and cricket then this is the book for you.

Packed with the extraordinary history behind all the major, and many of the minor sports, this is a history of sport like no other: historically accurate and hysterically funny. Written by the award-winning writers of the UK bestseller Hold Ye Front Page and the people behind the headlines that have propelled The Sun to be the undisputed Number 1 newspaper in the UK , this is an irreverent look at the great sporting moments of the last 4,000 years.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007259433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007259434
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 21.7 x 29.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What they said about Hold Ye Front Page:

“Entertaining introduction to a vital subject”
David Blunkett

“The most ingenious celebration”
The Times

“Witty, educational, self-mocking…real originality, wit and flair“
British Press Awards 2000

“It treats the great events of history in The Sun front pages and makes them stick in the mind”
The Daily Telegraph

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By The Sun, With John Perry and Matthew Knight

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 5 Dec 2007
I was given the Sun's book Giant Leaps (about science) last Christmas and was surprised to find I loved it (see my review there). Being a sports nut I'm probably biased but this is actually better. It's the same format - made-up Sun front or back pages for every great "event" in sport, each one having another page with it of textbook-style explanation and facts and figures. The Sun pages are a scream. There's a story I'd heard before about WG Grace refusing to be given out because the crowd had only come to see him bat - the headline is I'm A Celebrity, You Won't Get Me Out Of Here. There's a spoof report of a medieval football match which is laugh-out-loud funny. Some of the stories are pretty recent - I don't know if they're actual pages from the paper but I suspect not - so you get the whole history of sport from the ancient Greeks up to David Beckham and the London Olympics. Highly recommended for any sports fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sun history is fun for all. 8 May 2012
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We thought that this Sun series might be just for kids but we were wrong. This series of historical stories Sun style is just excellent for all members of the family. Surprise yourself and enjoy the alternative learning approach offered by The Sun.
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