To celebrate the publication of The First London Olympics 1908 by Rebecca Jenkins, we are giving away four sets of limited edition postcards featuring images from the author's personal collection as well as a copy of the book.
All you need to do is submit your answer to the following question to be in with a chance of winning:
Who was the winner of the gold medal for the men's 100m final in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games?
Winners will be selected at random and the competition will close on Wednesday 1st August. For full terms and conditions, please click here.
Over one hundred years ago, London hosted its first Olympic Games. It was a world away from the modern-day Olympics — everything was built and organised in less than two years and at a minute fraction of today's costs.
But far from engendering goodwill among nations, the Games caused international uproar. The strongly nationalistic American team was involved in a series of row, boycotts and disqualifications, and the Germans were outraged at the defeat of their fencing team. The Marathon provided the unforgettable climax to the games with the Italian runner Dorando Pietri collapsing exhausted over the line — and then being disqualified for the help he received from trackside officials.
Rebecca Jenkins delightfully evokes the vanished world of the 1908 London Olympics, aided by over seventy-five charming and nostalgic photographs. Her book is a fascinating slice of social and sporting history — and provides a thought-provoking contrast to the forthcoming London Olympics of 2012.
The First London Olympics 1908 is available to buy now from all good bookshops. You can also download this title as an ebook from all the major ebook retailers, so you can read it on your Kindle, iPad, Kobo or Sony Reader. To find out more, visit www.rebeccajenkins.com.
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