Bored with Olympic frenzy? Look away now…
So this is the first post in a series of Olympian proportions, with book lists on the history, the competitors, the sports and more, alongside links to useful information (whether or not the Olympics light your fire, if you live in London you’re probably going to need to know a bit – about transport at least!).
Get fit for the games, by Peta Bee
‘This is the official London 2012 book for anyone wishing to improve their levels of exercise and general well-being in the run-up to the Games. The book features 70 exercises as well as advice on how to get started and is designed around three levels of exercise programme.’
London 2012 Training Guides
Athletics – track
‘These training books are the perfect introduction to the Olympic events and will prove an indispensible guide to both the keen beginner and more experienced athlete. The text gives an overview of each event and covers training safety, tactics and techniques, and standards of performance to aim for.’
If you’d like to get in the mood for the Games in a more leisurely manner, you can even read Olympics-themed fiction from our shelves:
Gold, by Chris Cleave
‘Gold is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional. It will make you cry. It is about what drives us to succeed – and what we choose to sacrifice for success. It is about the struggles we all face every day. It will make you feel glad to be alive.’
Private games, by James Patterson
‘The Olympics have arrived in London, and the world is waiting in anticipation of the biggest event in global sport. The preparations have gone flawlessly and the stage is set for one of the greatest Olympics of the modern era. However, one man is plotting to destroy them, having waited years for this chance, he’s ready to exact his revenge.’
Next up: those all important web links.