The Young Oxford Book of Sports Stories

The Young Oxford Book of Sports Stories

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Like nothing else, sport today is international. So this book of stories and poems contains a wide range of games played in all English-speaking countries: ice hockey as well as swimming and wrestling, baseball as well as soccer and boxing, cricket as well as fishing and ice dancing, gymnastics as well and running and basketball. All the poems and three of the stories are written by women. Some pit women against men, in swimming and pool. Some pose problems that women face in playing the game according to rules written by men. Some suggest the power and solidarity that sport can give women. The authors come from Britain and Canada, the USA, and the West Indies. They include such well-known writers as Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Alan Stilltoe, Margaret Atwood, Barry Hines, and Damon Runyan.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 138 x 216mm | 329g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0192781723
  • 9780192781727

About James Riordan

James Riordan was born in Portsmouth and lived through the Blitz as a young boy. After he left school he worked as a crate stacker, a railway clerk, and a double-bass player before doing his National Service in the RAF, where he learnt Russian. He studied Social Science and Russian at Birmingham University. During a five year stint in Russia, he played football for Moscow Spartak and worked as a translator. He is currently Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Surrey, and Honorary Professor at Stirling University. James' literary career began with adult books. But he began writing for children when confined to his bed in the Ural Mountains for three days. Children who visited him told him folktales and he promised to write down their stories. He lives in Portsmouth.show more