“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.