- Hardcover: 358 pages
- Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (24 Nov. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330481886
- ISBN-13: 978-0330481885
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,778,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Midnight in the Garden of Evel Knievel : Sport on Television Hardcover – 24 Nov 2000
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‘If there’s a better book to keep in your loo we’ve yet to find it. Excellent’ Maxim
‘Smith comes from the Clive James school of TV criticism – and that’s meant to be high praise’ Time Out
‘Brilliant title. Brilliant book.’ GQ --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A hilarious book on sport, television and our love/hate relationship with both. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Often Smith says what we were all thinking. "Cheating Bastard robs Damon Hill" screams the title of one of his 1994 pieces, but there's plenty of balance too. In the same piece he notes "It's disgraceful to confuse the fact that Schumacher is a cheat with the fact that he is a German. The former he need not be; the latter he cannot help."
Smith isn't too bothered with the reality of sport. He lives in the world of pundits and personalities, memorable catchphrases and mind numbing analysis. It's a world where Big Ron's ability to turn attack into defence is as important as the actual game being broadcast. It's a world where Jimmy Hill matters and Sid Waddell is a living god.
As well as the big events we all tuned in to see Smith also he tracks down sport wherever it occurs on our TVs - such as Phil de Glanville's embarrassing appearing on Surprise Surprise - one which, regretably, I missed at the time and was glad to have drawn to my attention.
It's obvious how much Smith enjoys his fantastic job and any UK sports lover would enjoy this book.
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Brilliantly written and extremely funny. This book is a "must read" if you pardon the expression.Published 21 months ago by M. R. Higgins
If you love to watch sport on tv then this is a must. It is from the early to mid 90's so if you were around then and watching too much sport this book is for you and will make you... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by D Horniblow King