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Olympic Games, 388 BC style

What would it have been like to spend five days attending the ancient Greek Olympics in 388 BC? That’s what Neil Faulkner‘s book sets out to explore. You can listen to the interview, which I recorded with Neil in the spring of 2012, shortly before the London games, by clicking on the media players above […]

Continue Reading · 9 August 2016 · history and politics, sport, video
Neil Faulkner A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics

The Olympic spirit, ancient-style

  Earlier this week, I interviewed archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Faulkner about his forthcoming book on the ancient Greek Olympics (Yale University Press, 2012). It’s eye-opening, often shocking stuff: full lurid details of what a chaotic, violent, hedonistic experience it was will be provided in my forthcoming podcast for Blackwell Online (link here when it’s […]

Continue Reading · 14 March 2012 · history and politics, podcasts, sport

Books of the Decade – Tony Bruce

Tony Bruce has spent pretty much his entire working life in books. First at Stockbridge Bookshop in Edinburgh (still going strong), followed by a stint at the epicentre of bookselling at Waterstones, Charing Cross Road (sadly no longer) before becoming manager of Waterstones at Goldsmiths College. Having had enough of bookselling he moved to Routledge […]

Continue Reading · 4 December 2009 · literature, sport