The Book of Seconds

The Book of Seconds

‘Winning is everything’, so they say. But actually second can be thrilling, intriguing, heroic and pure. You may not have heard of John Landy, Juerg Marmet or ‘You Better Run’, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth knowing about. They are, respectively, the second man to run a sub-four-minute mile, the leader of the second team to conquer Everest, and the second video played on MTV.

The Book of Seconds will tell the stories of the nearly-men and nearly-women, not to mention the nearly-skyscrapers, nearly-moon missions and nearly-whales: the people and things who until now have sat in the shadow of the firsts. This book will bring them gloriously into the limelight hitherto denied to them.
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Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure / Hobbies, Quizzes & Games / Puzzles & Quizzes / Trivia & Quiz Question Books

On Sale: 16th April 2020

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781474608480


Posterity celebrates pioneers and record-holders, but the people directly behind them have stories worth telling, too. This excellent little book fills us in
Brian Viner, DAILY MAIL
[D]one with such verve and humour and telling so many good stories that you succumb to its manifest charms with a simple sigh of pleasure
Marcus Berkmann, THE SPECTATOR