Start of Play

Start of Play : Curious Origins of Our Favourite Sports

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Such ball games as football, rugby, cricket, tennis and golf, were often created by moments of accident and coincidence, rather than built by a grand design. This book traces their development throughout the centuries from ancient pastimes to the games we know today. The book covers the rules, the early attempts at organizing competitions, their movement abroad on to a world stage, and also reveals some of the personalities who shaped each more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 26mm | 322.05g
  • Prion Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w photographs
  • 1853752819
  • 9781853752810

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Football, rugby, cricket, tennis and golf: is one of these like a religion to you? Perhaps they all are. Many Britons are mildly obsessed with one of these great games. Rice shows how they evolved in this country, portrays some of the eccentric characters who first set down the rules, established the dress codes and equipment and organized competitions. He demonstrates how these canonical sports developed over the centuries, have become woven into the fabric of national life and in many ways define what we are. Entertaining, informative and great fun. (Kirkus UK)show more