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Everything to Play For: The QI Book of Sports

Anna Ptaszynski

The most improbable, fascinating and endlessly entertaining sporting facts and stories, from prehistory to the present day.

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Top Bins! A personal best, a lap record and a hole in one for when rain has stopped play.’ ALAN DAVIES

Hop, skip and jump into this wonderfully curious grand tour of the world of sports, brought to you by QI Elves James Harkin and Anna Ptaszynski.

From sport’s weirdest rules to its most unlikely heroes, via comically large cricket bats, pole-vaulting priests, creative football chants and exploding billiard balls, each chapter of Everything to Play For is brimming with surprising facts and intriguing stories.

Even if you’ve never asked yourself what David Attenborough has to do with yellow tennis balls, why Victorian doctors feared the outbreak of ‘bicycle face’ or what led ancient Egyptian athletes to have their spleens removed, this book will give you the astonishing answers – and plenty more besides.


For more from the team behind QI’s hit TV show, check out the QI FACTS series of books, @qikipedia, their weekly podcast at nosuchthingasafish.com or visit qi.com.

Critic Reviews

Top Bins! A personal best, a lap record and a hole in one for when rain has stopped play.

Alan Davies
Critic Reviews

A splendid book, and the perfect gift for any sports-mad person you know, which might even be you.

Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail
Critic Reviews

In Everything to Play For, James Harkin and Anna Ptaszynski apply their QI chops to the subject of sport. It had never occurred to me that TV coverage often needs to add its own sound effects...

Mark Mason, Spectator, Books of the Year