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The What on Earth? Wallbook of Sport: A Timeline from the Ancient Olympics to London 2012 Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 May 2012


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: What on Earth Publishing Ltd (6 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956593623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956593627
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 0.3 x 42 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Lloyd was born in Dorking, England, in 1968. He became a scholar of History at Peterhouse Cambridge and was awarded a double first class honours degree. He then joined The Sunday Times as Technology and Innovation Editor in 1990. In 1996 he launched the first Internet Editions of The Times and The Sunday Times before becoming editorial director of LineOne, an online service jointed owned by News International and BT.

In January 2000, Chris left journalism to become CEO of Oxford-based educational publishing company Immersive Education. Then, in 2005, he and his wife began home educating their two children. In 2006 the whole family went on a four-month Grand Tour of Europe in a campervan. It was during this trip that Chris decided to become an author and came up with the idea of a holistic world history that would reconnect natural and human history into a single illustrated narrative. What on Earth Happened? The Complete Story of Planet, Life and People form The Big Bang to the Present Day was published by Bloomsbury in 2008. It has since been translated into 15 languages worldwide. A sequel called What on Earth Evolved? 100 Species that Changed the World (also published by Bloomsbury) traces the story of life on Earth from its origins to the present day.

In February 2010 Chris launched his own publishing company - What on Earth Publishing Ltd - a collaboration between Chris and Beckenham-based illustrator Andy Forshaw. The company's first product, The What on Earth? Wallbook, was published in October 2010. It is an innovative and detailed illustrated history of the world from the beginning of time to the present day displayed on a 2.3 metre-long timeline that can be read like a book or hung on a wall. There are now five Wallbooks in the series, the latest being the What on Earth? Wallbook of Shakespeare.

Chris is the great nephew of the English gardening guru Christopher Lloyd of Great Dixter.

Chris lectures extensively all over the UK and abroad in schools, museums and literary festivals. He can be contacted at chris@whatonearthbooks.com

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Henderson on 1 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a terrific source of anecdotes from sporting history...the one-legged man who won Olympic gold, how Mohammed introduced the famous Bedouin bloodline to horse breeding, which ancient Olympic superstar was eaten by wolves? Who was the most notorious cheat in the world of Roman chariot racing? What's the worst ever round of golf in a professional tournament? Who is regarded as the first billionaire in modern sport?

The book opens out into a unique timeline and tells the history of sport from 776BC right up to the present day using a huge number of illustrations and fascinating facts. Perfect for children and adults in the run-up to the Olympics and to get everyone thinking about why people play sport?
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By Grandma on 31 Dec. 2013
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My 10 year old Grandson was fascinated and continues to find something of interest whenever he picks it up. Unfortunately he doesn't have room to have it on the wall but that isn't a problem.
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By Anonymous on 17 Jan. 2014
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A novel idea for our sport mad nephew who has everything it seems except such a timeline. Delighted with the service and quality.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss L. Biggadike on 15 Aug. 2014
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Interesting book
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