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Sport: Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know [Kindle Edition]

Tim Harris
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Tim Harris' book is awesome in its scope and detail. It claims, too modestly, to contain "almost everything you ever wanted to know". Almost? ....Anyone with a love of and interest in sport should keep this book within arms reach at all times. (Adrian Chiles)

Staggeringly informative...succeeds in providing a fanatically comprehensive overview. (Chris Maume Independent, Christmas books special)

As well as dishing up plenty of catchy facts with the passion of a fervent fan, Harris also puts the spotlight on the dark underbelly of the industry. (Sunday Express, Christmas books)

Harris's book is a magnificent achievement. The scale of his research is breathtaking. His constant sprightliness is exemplary. This is a book that the discerning sports fan must read. (The Herald (Glasgow))

Book of the Week: his lively often opinionated account is a very good reason to ignore W.G. Grace's advice 'Never read print. It spoils one's eye for the ball.' (Independent on Sunday)

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'Tim Harris' book is awesome in its scope and detail. It claims, too modestly, to contain 'almost everything you ever wanted to know'. Almost?.... Anyone with a love of and interest in sport should keep this book within arms reach at all times' - Adrian Chiles

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3173 KB
  • Print Length: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (30 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038LB3X6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trivia Heaven!! 21 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This has got to be the finest factual sport book I have ever read. Apart from being a keen gatherer of trivia as someone whose hobby in the past has been compiling pub quizzes, I have found this book an absolute joy. The author has the knack of presenting fact after fact, obviously based on months of research, in such a way that it's impossible to become bored. A difficult book to put down!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas comes early 24 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
The only thing I couldn't find in this marvellous tome is where Michelle Wie keep her spare balls on her caddies day off. (And it may well be that I simply haven't got to that page yet.)
But everything else you might ever wish to know about sport you'll find in its 940 packed pages. From the use of heroin in the 'pot Belge' or 'Madman's mix' in the Tour de France... and a pharmacopoeia of other drugs in other sports; the use of bungs in ancient Olympia; the origins of the Inanimate Bird Shooting Association; Roman Sport's Kits; to Anfield's famed 'Yellow River' that ran down the steps of the Kop. There's also loads of other stuff that you might get asked in the ' three options' bit of the pub quiz such as why do wickets have three stumps, why do centre-halves play at the back, and why a wooden spoon. And even if you don't get down the pub that often any more it's nice to have around so you can finally shut your mental brother-in-law up next time he screams ' If that's not offside can someone please tell me what is?'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Although a very weighty volume - unsuitable for bedtime reading! - sports devotees will enjoy this book which reveals many interesting and obscure facts. Written in an entertaining style this book is good value when purchased at the Amazon price.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, a great present for all dads 21 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've had to wrestle this book off my husband. He reads one book a year so it has to be good, and he has loved it. I know - or knew - very little about sport. Now I feel I can hold my end up in any pub conversation. I've just ordered a copy for my dad, and brother in laws!
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