Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: Pitch Publishing
The incomparable range of sports books produced by Pitch Publishing over the past few years has ensured theyÕve secured a place as one of the UKÕs leading publishers of sporting material.

From the unashamedly nostalgic Got, Not Got and the thought-provoking If Only: An Alternative History of the Beautiful Game, to Andrew MurtaghÕs superbly-written Gentleman and a Player, Pitch Publishing are always likely to come up with something different. Take a look at their current range: www.pitchpublishing.co.uk




Read Review
<back to archive

Great Olympic Moments by Sir Steve Redgrave

Release date: 11th October, 2011
Publisher: Headline

List Price: £20.00
Our Price: £12.49
You Save: £7.51 (37%)
Buy Now

There's little doubt that the definitive Olympic tome is the brilliant Athens to Athens written by David Miller, published prior to the 2004 Games, which also enjoyed an 'official' epithet. This enormous book provided chapter and verse on Olympic history and rapidly became the first port of call for those researching virtually any aspect of the Games.

By contrast, Sir Steve Redgrave offers us a more personal, subjective selection of moments which ultimately inspired him to reach unprecedented levels of Olympic achievement. In fairness, he devotes one section to the gold medal tally won by the German canoeist, Birgit Fischer, who collected an astonishing eight gold medals at five consecutive Olympics between 1980-2004: "Makes my haul look pretty small by comparison," adds Sir Steve.

Where Miller's enormous volume offers an abundance of detail, Sir Steve provides bite-size snippets and observation more suited to the twittering age. Where Great Olympic Moments really scores, however, is in the quality of its photography, a feature enhanced by the book's larger-than-usual dimensions.

While it probably could have done with a modicum of Miller's descriptive scene-setting and some background explanations, Great Olympic Moments cannot be accused of falling short when it comes to capturing the Games' most dramatic flashes in photographic format.

We see a battling, open-mouthed, Mark Spitz en route to seven golds at Munich in 1972; there's the beautiful Nadia Comaneci dismounting the asymmetric bars to record an unprecedented perfect score at Montreal in 1976 and there's that fantastic photograph of a delighted, arms-outstretched, Kelly Holmes winning the 1,500 metres at Athens in 2004. Each one of these wonderful pictures ignites equally precious Olympic memories, though perhaps the most outstanding one remains Bob Beamon soaring through the thin Mexican air to establish a long-jump world record of 8.90 metres in 1968.

Beamon's leap was quite remarkable for several reasons, not least because he was nearly eliminated from the competition after two foul jumps in the opening round. The photograph of his world-record jump reproduced here is equally remarkable. The American appears to have lost hold of an invisible horse; even after all of these years, you half expect him to shout, 'Whooaah there' as he careers an unprecedented distance.

We can expect a steady flow of Olympic-related books over the next 12 months, but few will equal the photographic excellence on display inside Great Olympic Moments.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket By Stephen Fay and David Kynaston
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
401: The Extraordinary Story of the Man Who Ran 401 Marathons in 401 Days and Changed His Life Forever By Ben Smith
Bloomsbury Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
One Goal A Coach, A Team and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together By Amy Bass
Hachette Books
Read Review Buy Now
Stuck In A Moment The Ballad of Paul Vaessen By Stewart Taylor
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Maradona Once Upon A Time In Naples (2018 Edition) By John Ludden
CreateSpace
Read Review Buy Now
Chasing Points A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit By Gregory Howe
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Iron Ambition Lessons I’ve Learned from the Man Who made Me a Champion By Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman
Sphere
Read Review Buy Now
Fifty Cup Finals My Life in Football By Nick Collins
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
The Range Bucket List: The Golf Adventure of a Lifetime By James Dodson
Simon & Schuster
Read Review Buy Now
Anquetil Alone: The Legend of the Controversial Tour de France Champion By Paul Fournel
Pursuit Books
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.