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The first London Olympics: 1908, Rebecca Jenkins

Label
The first London Olympics: 1908
Title
The first London Olympics: 1908
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Jenkins
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • A nostalgic journey back to the first London Olympics of 1908 - an amusing and thought-provoking contrast to the forthcoming London Olympics of 2012.
  • Jenkins, in particular, captures the many ironies of that shambolic occasion and wittily evokes the amateurish spirit that pervaded the early Olympic movement. THE TIMES A must for Olympic-philes. HEALTH AND FITNESS MAGAZINE A delightful book THE OLYMPIC REVIEW
Awards note
Long-listed for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2008.
Biographical or historical data
Rebecca Jenkins, the daughter of the late Bishop of Durham, is a cultural historian, novelist and biographer. She is the author of a biography of Fanny Kemble, the nineteenth-century actress and celebrity. Rebecca lives in Durham.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jenkins, Rebecca
Dewey number
  • 796.48
  • 796.4'8
  • 796.4'8
  • 796.48
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Olympic Games
  • Olympic Games (4th : 1908 : London, England)
  • Olympic & Paralympic games
  • Social & cultural history
  • Sport
  • Olympic & Paralympic games
  • Social & cultural history
Summary expansion
In the summer that saw the first successful flight of the Zeppelin, a 140 acre site of scrubland in West London was transformed into the White City, which housed the 1908 Franco British Exhibition - and a state-of-the-art stadium built to house the first London Olympics. The Olympics were organised by volunteers in just 18 months and at a fraction of the cost of the modern Olympics and yet, just as today, the sport was overshadowed by doping scandals and caused international uproar. The ferocious competitiveness of a US team dominated by New York Irish Americans led to a succession of 'scandals' culminating in the historic marathon when Italian confectioner baker Dorando Pietri's heroic efforts at the limits of exhaustion so entranced on-lookers that track officials helped him across the finish line. Coinciding with the 100th Anniversary of the first London Olympics, this delightful social and sporting history - illustrated with over 70 contemporary images - provides a thought-provoking contrast to the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games
Target audience
general
Label
The first London Olympics: 1908, Rebecca Jenkins
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Hardback
  • Replaced by: 9780749929404
Control code
9780749951689
Dimensions
22x14x2 cm.
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9780749951689
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
5 ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The first London Olympics: 1908, Rebecca Jenkins
Publication
Note
  • Hardback
  • Replaced by: 9780749929404
Control code
9780749951689
Dimensions
22x14x2 cm.
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9780749951689
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
5 ill.
Specific material designation
regular print

Library Locations

    • Westminster City ArchivesBorrow it
      10 St Ann's Street, London, SW1P 2DE, GB
      51.49747499999999 -0.130671
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