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Schott's Sporting, Gaming and Idling Miscellany Hardcover – 18 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; !st. Edition : 1st. Printing edition (18 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074756924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747569244
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.9 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Schott's Original Miscellany stands out for its essential comic absurdity should appeal to the Stephen Fry in all of us' Financial Times 'One of the hits of the season - and with good reason - is Schott's Original Miscellany, conceived, written and designed by the admirable Ben Schott' Daily Mail 'Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany is already firmly ensconced in the bestseller lists When you read about the Scoville Scale, which charts the comparative heat of different chillis, you will wonder how you lived without it all this time' Finanical Times

About the Author

Ben Schott is the author of Schott's Original Miscellany and Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany. A photographer, designer and miscellanist he lives in London, and divides his time between Highgate and the British Library.


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By T. Bently VINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sport lends itself to collections of trivia, so I'm surprised Ben Schott didn't publish this collection earlier. The good news is that it's up to the same standard as his previous books with lots of nuggets of information you didn't know you didn't know but which are strangely fascinating.
I love the mix of modern up-to-date information (such as details of David Beckham's tattoo collection) with the Victorian-style presentation and quaint illustrations. There is so much possible material on sports facts that hopefully there may even be a second edition.
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Ignore all the cheap imitations there is only one master of Miscellany - Schott.
Having dipped in and out of this book for the past week I now feel that I am armed with enough knowledge to take part in a question of sport, be an official spokesperson for the pooh sticks society and generally be the bore of the party who knows more about sports, games and being idle than anyone else. The must have book this winter.
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By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2004
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I was initially a bit worried that this book would be too heavy on the sport, but actually so many of the items raised a smile! There is plenty to interest everyone from the best racing line for your pooh stick, to a record of Rocky's fights.
I loved the other two miscellanies and this lived up to expectations and even exceeded them in places.
Great fun!
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This book has everything you need to know about things you never knew you needed to know about sport. It feels like a great quality book with a thick paper dust sleeve over a hard back book. Inside the pages look old fashioned with a yellowy tinge to them.

Reading this book, and the others in the series, gives you an insight into many things like why a cricket pitch is the size it is and what are the different sized bottle champagne comes in.

This isn't a novel, more a series of facts, but will make you sound interesting in the pub - or even help you to win the pub quiz!
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By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2004
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I was beginning to think that Mr Schott couldn't come up with another bestseller but he has done it again.
Sporting Gaming and Idling is the perfect present for every man, woman and child. With facts such as which exercise burns more calories , winners of the BBC sports personality of the Year and instructions on how to play elephant polo this should prove an irresistible read for all.
Bring on the next book Mr Schott.
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Following on from the tome of useless trivia that was Scotts origonal miscellany, this is a slightly more topical book based on the pursuits of sporting, gaming & idling.
Like the other version of Scotts miscellanys this is basically a book full of irrelevant yet interesting facts and bits of information, from notes on curious sporting events such as bog snorkelling and cheese rolling, descriptions of the offside rule for all to finally understand, descriptions of how waves are designated in surfing and how a formula one pit crew are tasked and set out or quotes on idling by various people. All seemingly pointless as a whole, but chock full of interesting tidbits to learn about.

It may not be the definative tome for all your sporting questions (though it may very well hold the answers to many questions) but it is the perfect book to flick through on a hunt for an interesting new fact or to keep you amused sitting on the loo.
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Well, if you ever wanted to know how to play elephant polo, or to understand the rules of Kabaddi; or if you've always wondered at the relative sizes of a quiddich quaffle and an association football, this is your book! This is another nice example of Ben Schott's combination of scholarship, whimsy and dry humour, and provides both entertainment and information in equal measure.
An ideal 'bathroom book' if you know what I mean :)
However ... with some regret, I have had to dock this a star, because the typeface is absolutely tiny and if you are of that certain age or more, you will need your reading glasses to tackle this volume. Time for that extra pair for the bathroom then!
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By Michael Jacobs VINE VOICE on 30 July 2005
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A very entertaining book, but compared to the first two (Original and Food & Drink), this seems slightly less interesting. Maybe it's because the two other subjects are just more interesting, but nevertheless, what can be said about this book?
I feel that it would be ideal for those who have a sporting interest, but it does seem slightly specialised, rather than trivialised. I suppose it can be hard to find a balance between the two, but I havn't found it as interesting as I expected it could be. There lacks an academic element to it (which I hope doesn't sound snobby), which I only find slightly disappointing firstly because the other two contain such an element, and the whole "fun" of these books is the way in which trivial facts and issues can be put into an almost academic presentation.
But the above is probably severe nitpicking, so don't be to discouraged from buying this book. It should still be fun, entertaining and enlightening.
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