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 written about like this before.
“Free-flowing in its structure, thought-provoking in its content, wonderfully humorous and readable in its style, this is a sports book like no other.” – Leo McKinstry, Sunday Telegraph
“A celebration of sport and life by one of the finest sportswriters of his generation – wise, perceptive and unfailingly joyful” – Mail on Sunday
“His book is a delight: full of wisdom, humour and whimsy and shows that, when done well, sports books can compete on any level.” – Michael Atherton
“Gems on every page… Splendid stuff” – The Financial Times
“His sports writing is so original and insightful that he has redefined the genre.” – Ed Smith, Spectator
Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the bestselling author of a dozen books, including How to be a Bad Birdwatcher and The Horsey Life (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.