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A Load of Old Balls: The QI History of Sport (Paperback)
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A Load of Old Balls: The QI History of Sport (Paperback)

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Published: 04/07/2024
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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.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571372546
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Edition: Main

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“Another great QI book”

I haven't a great deal of interest in sport, but I do like a QI book and this is a must for fans of the show. The book delves into interesting facts about a variety of sports and related subjects in a well... More

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