Can We Have Our Balls Back Please?: How The British Invented Sport And Then Forgot How To Play It

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9781846141157: Can We Have Our Balls Back Please?: How The British Invented Sport And Then Forgot How To Play It

Long before Drake refused to interrupt his game of bowls when the Armada was sighted, the British have had a passionate relationship with sport. Julian Norridge goes through the stories of fourteen major sports from cricket to boxing to football, from their very beginning and throughout the British Isles, whether it's Welsh inventor and tobacco enthusiast Major Walter Clopton Wingfield coming up with a game that could use those new fangled rubber balls (modern tennis) or the Scots inventing the golf club - 500 years after the game.But this is far more than a book about sport, it takes a very funny, very British look at our popular history, mythology and most importantly the highly eccentric figures that made it. It chronicles the constant battle between fair play and gambling; between advances in the game and plain cheating (such as turning up with a cricket bat wider than the wicket). "Can We Have Our Balls Back Please?" proves that there is an awful lot to be proud of in our history and where that strange feeling of superiority really comes from. It shows why we get just so excited when we take on any other nation in any sporting event and are so disappointed when we lose...

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Julian Norridge is an award-winning journalist, BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated programme maker and writer. He lives in Putney. This is his first book


'Accessible and genial' Observer 'Norridge has a mischievous and generous authorial voice' Sunday Telegraph 'A warm-hearted, earnestly composed work that several of today's sporting administrators would do well to read' Sunday Times 'A great and funny read, both to dip into or to consume all in one go' Independent

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Norridge, Julian
Published by Allen Lane (2008)
ISBN 10: 184614115X ISBN 13: 9781846141157
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(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Allen Lane, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11184614115X

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