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Everything to Play For

By: James Harkin, Anna Ptaszynski
Narrated by: Anna Ptaszynski, James Harkin
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Publisher's Summary

Hop, skip and jump into this wonderfully curious grand tour of the world of sports, brought to you by QI Elves James Harkin and Anna Ptaszynski.

From sport's weirdest rules to its most unlikely heroes, via comically large cricket bats, pole-vaulting priests, creative football chants and exploding billiard balls, each chapter of Everything to Play For is brimming with surprising facts and intriguing stories.

Even if you've never asked yourself what David Attenborough has to do with yellow tennis balls, why Victorian doctors feared the outbreak of 'bicycle face' or what led ancient Egyptian athletes to have their spleens removed, this book will give you the astonishing answers - and plenty more besides.

©2023 James Harkin (P)2023 Faber & Faber

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'Top Bins! A personal best, a lap record and a hole in one for when rain has stopped play.' ALAN DAVIES

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If you like No Such Thing As A Fish you’ll love this. Very funny interesting tid bits about the history of sports. Listened on x1.4 in a day. Great stuff.

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Surpringly interesting

Not super into sports... but this was interesting! Worth a go for sure. Good narration, entertaining and funny.

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Really enjoyable

Having watched QI and listened to the No Such Thing As a Fish podcast, and having listened and read other books such as The Audiobook of the Year and Funny You Should Ask …. I bought this book without hesitation and I definitely enjoyed it. But I it missed the friendly banter of the podcast in this as it’s not in that style. Very good though. They really research well and know their stuff.

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