From the Olympic Games in Athens to the World Cup in Germany, from the Ashes series to the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon and much more sport as it has never before been written about.
In The Meaning of Sport, award-winning sportswriter Simon Barnes gives you his grandstand seat for a journey from the Olympic Games in Athens to the World Cup in Germany - via the Ashes series, the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon, and more. He examines why sport holds us all in such thrall, how it uplifts and crushes us - and can seem to matter more than life itself. He challenges us to recognise the intelligence of Wayne Rooney, the making of Freddie Flintoff, the mythic nature of Steve Redgrave; and he ponders the ultimate cruelty of the game.
This is the book which asks the questions no one else has thought of, and finds some surprising answers. Sport has never been writing about like this before.
Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the author of a dozen books. He lives in Suffolk with his family.
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