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Informative, evocative, enlightening and above all funny,
This review is from: Sit Down and Cheer: A History of Sport on TV (Wisden Sports Writing) (Paperback)
As a fan of Mr Kelner's unblemished punditry on shows like Fighting Talk and also as a fan of watching sport on TV I had to read this book. It's not a disappointment either. Stuffed full of information and interesting background detail it covers an era of TV sport which pretty much lines up with my own life time. My first memories of TV sport are in the black and white era of Grandstand, watching TV on what my mother refers to, without a trace of irony, as her nine inch Bush. Also watching World of Sport at my Nan's complete with the obligatory hour of grappling (Mick McManus and co, not me and my Nan). So the book evokes warm memories of my childhood, as well as memories of the sporting events mentioned in the book. There are some wonderful little nuggets of information to discover here.
To be honest I think watching sport in person is overrated. It's much better watched from your sofa, and Mr K describes how this boon to civilisation came about in interesting and often hilarious detail. He brings the story up to date, through the rise of Sky and now the dominance of betting funding the whole thing. And thank goodness for that. Sky Super Sunday would not be the same without regular breaks for a disembodied Ray Winstone to recommend us to 'ave a bang on something or other.
The only thing I would say is that the author probably hasn't publicised this work on social media enough. A few tweets recommending it to his followers could have got the word of mouth going. It would surely be at the top of the best seller lists by now.
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2013 08:41:03 BDT
Martin B. Kelner says:
Thanks Kevin. I must try harder plugging the book on social media.
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