The Austerity Olympics: When the Games Came to London in 1948

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Aurum Press, Limited, Feb 1, 2012 - History - 368 pages
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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 just GBP 760,000. 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.

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Whilst the whole story about the '48 Olympics was fascinating in it's comparison to the 2012 version, the book tended to be a bit 'listy'. Obviously it was the result of some pretty serious research ... Read full review

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Good book about London putting on the Olympics only three years after the end of the war Read full review

About the author (2012)

Janie Hampton is the author of The Austerity Olympics, a bestselling biography of Joyce Grenfell, and How The Girl Guides. She lives in Oxford.

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