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Medal winning mix of facts, gags, history, comment, 21 May 2012
Goldblatt and Acton deliver a performance of greater poise even than the 1912 Swedish Ladies gymnasts (p. 175) in balancing top pub facts, politics, history and technique on sports familiar and forgotten. By turns informative, funny and surprising this book will entirely change the way I watch the olympics. My grandfather was the coach of a West Indies badminton olympic team sometime in the '60s so I turned to those pages first. Turns out a shuttlecock can be served at 260kmh - faster than a tennis ball, and that a Badminton trick shot artist held the stage at the London Palladium for a 38 week run in the 30s. There is so much we should all know about sport. This is where to find it. BTW this was the favourite Christmas present for no. 3 son this year, but is passed around the family.