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Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports

Edward Brooke-Hitching

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ISBN 10: 1471148998 / ISBN 13: 9781471148996
Published by Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2016
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Title: Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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In 17th-century Germany, a favourite pastime of nobles was to catapult foxes in to the air and then club them on landing, while last century someone thought it would be a good idea to race cheetahs on greyhound tracks. And as for the person who came up with ski ballet... Edward Brooke-Hitching has scoured the pages of history to discover over 100 forgotten sports from around the world, from the ancient and lethal sport of buffalo jumping, through the insanity of auto polo, to phone-booth stuffing. This book takes you on a breathless romp through the back alleys of history to from an indispensable collection of the cruellest, most dangerous and downright ridiculous entertainments of all time. Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling, and Other Sports: The Most Dangerous and Bizarre Sports in History, is a curious and intriguing insight into some of the most bizarre, amusing and somewhat outlandish sporting activities devised, a fantastic coffee table read and perfect for sporting fans and history lovers. This paperback book has 258 pages and measures: 20 x 13 x 1.5cm.

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'An entertaining new book... which looks back at the most bizarre sporting activities ever devised by mankind.'  (Daily Mail)

'A lively trawl through long-forgotten sports and games from around the globe.'  (The Economist)

'Perfect book for the Christmas stockings of adults and curious children.'  (Wall Street Journal)

'An engaging book on sports that have fallen out of favour'  (Tatler)

'A strange and strangely enjoyable new book. . . This inventory of failed sports is both compelling and affectionate, fitting for a book in which "eccentricity" is not just included but celebrated.'  (The Boston Globe)

'[A] droll romp through the history of bizarre games and other pastimes.'  (Library Journal)

'An entertaining look at the way things were.'  (Washington Post)

'[An] intriguing, go-to guide on the weird and wonderful activities of years gone by'  (Irish Examiner)

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