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For those who enjoyed the quirkiness of Schott's Miscellany, the erudition of The Etymologicon or the extremes of The Dangerous Book for Boys, this is the perfect read.
From Flagpole Sitting to Mumble a Sparrow, Edward Brooke-Hitching has researched through piles of dusty tomes to bring vividly back to life some of the most curious, dangerous and downright bizarre sports and pastimes that mankind has ever devised, before thinking better of it and erasing it from the memory.
After all, who would ever want to bring back Fox Tossing, a popular sport for men and women in 18th-century Germany? As the name suggests, it would involve dozens of couples pairing up and standing 20-25 feet apart in an enclosed field, each holding one end of a net, and then they would pull hard at both ends as the fox ran past, sending it flying high into the air.
There are many other sports revealed within these pages that are unlikely ever to make an appearance on Sky Sports, such as Firework Boxing, which is just as dangerous as it sounds. Meanwhile, Ski Ballet may not have been so risky, but Suzy 'Chapstick' Chaffee's signature move – the Suzy Split (a complete forward split while balanced on the tips of her skis) – was probably not one to try at home. An intriguing, entertaining and occasionally shocking insight into the vivid imaginations of mankind across the years, Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports is an unforgettable read.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 22628 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00P42LP44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Quirky, Eccentric and Great Fun!

 on 16 July 2015
By abeille
What an original and entertaining read – full of whacky and bizarre long forgotten sports, from Roman times to those from not that long ago, written with a wonderful sense of humour, combined with lots of fascinating references. Well researched with excellent illustrations. Dip into it a chapter at a time, or read it straight through – I did the latter because I found it unputdownable! As a beautifully produced and decent sized hardback with dustwrapper, it has the has the added bonus of making a great present, and neatly solves what to give someone when you haven’t a clue, without breaking the bank (so remember this book for Christmas). Thoroughly recommended – and since buying mine I’ve seen it well reviewed in the Daily Mail, The Times and The Spectator, so I’m not the only one who loves this book.

Well researched, thought provoking

 on 9 April 2018
By Jaxpaint
Despite the frivolous sounding title the book made me really question the nature of how humans entertain themselves through the ages. What was a normal past time in one era is horrific to our modern sensibilities. A fascinating read.

Four Stars

 on 8 January 2018
By John Woodlock
Very good read

All in Wrestling…..and more.

 on 5 January 2017
By Graham Cresswell
Finding a fox to toss is the hard bit haha. good read though.

Interesting

 on 19 March 2018
By barbara abbott
Looks as though will be an interesting read

Four Stars

 on 26 January 2018
By J.M.
Bought as a Christmas present

Five Stars

 on 25 August 2015
By cd
a1 just the job

Highly recommended.

 on 30 January 2018
By Graham Henry
Superb read. Highly recommended.

Five Stars

 on 12 March 2018
By Helen Dodd
Fascinating
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