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The Olympics A Very Peculiar History by David Arscott

Cherished Library: Olympics, A Very Peculiar History

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“The Olympics A Very Peculiar History” is an entertaining pocket-sized book by David Arscott.

Previously a newspaper journalist as well a BBC presenter David Arscott worked as a freelance author, broadcaster, publisher and editor is been a prolific author.

The book takes a novel approach to telling the Olympic story, jumping between a narrative, lists of facts, short stories and timelines.

This is probably not a book to pick up and read cover-to-cover like a novel, more something that you can dip in and out of.


A few examples:

  • The origins of the ancient and modern Olympics;
  • Timeline of the Olympics from 776 BC to the present day;
  • The eccentric mascots from the last 40 years of games;
  • London’s hat-trick of games;
  • The great losers;
  • An A to Z of great Olympians;
  • And many more.

In summary, this book presents a lot of information in its 192 pages in a quirky, but engaging way. It has been well researched and provides a good historical backdrop to the modern Olympic Games.