A Load Of Old Balls

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The most improbable, fascinating and endlessly entertaining sporting facts and stories, from prehistory to the present day.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE CHARLES TYRWHITT SPORTS BOOK AWARDS

Top Bins! A personal best, a lap record and a hole in one for when rain has stopped play.’ ALAN DAVIES
‘The trivia book of the season . . . magnificent.’ SPECTATOR

Did you know that Henry VIII owned the first pair of football boots? Or that David Attenborough is responsible for yellow tennis balls?

A Load of Old Balls is the curious story of us and sport. It’s about our mind-blowingly determined attempts to be the fastest, the strongest, the most skilful. In this endlessly entertaining tale of play and belonging, astonishing violence and jaw-dropping cheating, we learn what led ancient Egyptian athletes to have their spleens removed and discover why Michael Palin was disqualified from a conker tournament. Crossing millennia, continents and cultures, Harkin and Ptaszynski – the brainy researchers for BBC’s QI and co-hosts of No Such Thing As A Fish –show us sport as we’ve never seen it before.

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Published in hardback as Everything to Play For.

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For more from the team behind QI’s hit TV show, check out the QI FACTS series of books, @qikipedia, their weekly podcast at nosuchthingasafish.com or visit qi.com.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

796 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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