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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409086918
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 656
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250 Men, Women and Animals Who Created Modern Sport


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The men, women and animals who created the world of sport - a companion piece to the superlative Sport: Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

It may be natural to play games, but the sports we love aren't natural at all. Each and every one of them has been invented, tweaked, pushed and pulled to come up with better rules, cleverer tactics and more effective techniques. There are no prizes for guessing who invented the Cruyff Turn or the Fosbury Flop - but who invented the header or the sliding tackle? The dive pass or the scrum? The lob or the smash? The sand wedge or the tee? The googly or the flipper?

This book introduces 250 men, women and animals, each of whom has transformed at least one major sport. Famous or infamous, remembered or forgotten, god-like or god-awful, the game was never the same after them.

In making his selection, Tim Harris, author of Sport, has drawn on years of passion, argument and research to produce a list that is at once personal and authoritative, provocative and challenging: the rogues, rulers and revolutionaries who shaped the games we play today.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409086918
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 656
Categories:

About the Author

Tim Harris

Tim Harris is the bestselling author of several laugh-out-loud series for kids, including Toffle Towers, Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables and Exploding Endings.
A former primary school teacher of fifteen years, his stories are filled with quirky scenarios, loveable characters and plenty of imagination. Tim's 'humour with heart' writing style has seen his books receive multiple awards, including two KOALA Honour Books (2017 and 2019) and a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book (2018). His books have been published in Australia and the USA, and have been translated into numerous languages.

An advocate for creativity and short stories, Tim's presentations and workshops are dynamic and entertaining. He is a sought-after presenter, having worked in hundreds of schools across Australia.

Tim lives in Sydney with his wife and four young children.

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Praise for Players

“This book is a big winner”

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“Superbly written”

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