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The Austerity Olympics

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Janie Hampton's acclaimed The Austerity Olympics vividly depicts the last time the Games came to London, and was shortlisted for the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Her tales of teams ferried to events on double-decker buses, billeted in army camps or sewing their own kit are a world away from the lavish 2012 arenas such as Zaha Hadid's swimming pool, and the massive regeneration of Stratford and surrounding areas. The cost of the 1948 Olympics was less than a hundredth of a percent of 2012's massive budget. Back then, just after the war, London showed how to run a fantastic Games on a tiny spend of just GBP760,000. The main stadium may have hastily been cleared of greyhound racing to allow the athletics to take place, but great runners like Emil Zatopek and Fanny Blankers-Koen thrilled the crowd, and the indomitable spirit of Londoners cheerfully overcame every obstacle, from equipment shortages to terrible weather.

History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryEnglish Civil WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish historySport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSporting events, tours & organisationsOlympic games Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/06/2012 ISBN-13: 9781845137205  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Janie Hampton has written more than 15 books, from biography to fiction. She is the author of the critically acclaimed biography of Joyce Grenfell, of How the Girl Guides Won the War, and, for Aurum, the bestselling The Austerity Olympics, shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2008, and the British Sports Book Awards Best Biography 2009. She lives in Oxford.

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