Splat! The Madness and Magnificence of the World's Most Dangerous Sports

Author(s): Tony Davis

Sports & Recreation

From the author of the bestselling Lemon! comes Splat!, a funny, quirky look at some of the most ludicrously dangerous sports in the world. What kind of person risks their life for their sport? And more to the point, why? Intrepid author Tony Davis takes a leap into the unknown to find out in Splat! The Madness and Magnificence of the World's Most Dangerous Sports. Talking to top exponents of the most edgy sports on the planet Davis uncovers why anyone would: * BASE jump off a perilous mountain peak * dive 200 metres beneath the ocean without scuba gear * slide down the world's biggest ski jump * soar six kilometres above the earth on a hang glider * drive a jet powered car through the sound barrier or * be flung through the air by a trebuchet. Full of astounding facts, amazing incidents and real-life drama, Splat! reveals what it's like to be gored by a bull, dumped by a wave the size of a block of flats, have your lights punched out in a boxing ring, slide over asphalt at 200 kilometres per hour after smashing a Grand Prix motorcycle, or have your brain turn to oxygen-deprived mush in the 'death zone' at Mt Everest. Davis veers from admiration and enthusiasm to utter bewilderment and back as he explores what's great about each sport and what's not, some of the nastier injuries on offer, the maddest moments, and much more. First published August 2007.


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Extreme sports covered include BASE jumping, Buzkashi (goat dragging), and street luge Full of astounding facts, amazing incidents and real-life drama Explores what's great (and what's not) about each sport, plus some of the nastier injuries on offer Hot topic that is sure to generate some good radio and has excellent extract potential Includes photos, lists and a mountain of trivia for the sports mad and the mad at heart Perfect impulse gift for Father's Day Author is a seasoned media performer with good media contacts Should appeal to a broad readership - from teenagers to young men in their 60s.

Lemonwill cause arguments, much laughter and intense nostalgic nodding ... a perfect stocking filler for petrol heads' Sydney Morning HeraldDavis's disbelief-tinged prose ... offers much amusement ... great for any motoring enthusiast.' West AustralianTerrific stuff ...' Sunday TasmanianDavis writes with a dry, deadpan cynicism that's wonderfully enjoyable.' Melbourne Weekly

Tony Davis is the author of the bestselling Lemon!, Extra Lemon, Step On It, F Scott, Ernest and Me, and You Must Be Skidding, for children. A previous editor of Drive (SMH), Tony was, until recently, a features writer on the Sydney Morning Herald. Tony now writes full time and can talk endlessly about car and sports trivia, if required.

1. BASE Jumping2. Boxing3. MotoGP Racing4. Free Diving5. Bull Fighting6. Ski Jumping7. Mountain Climbing8. Buzkashi (Goat Dragging)9. Hang Gliding10. Big Wave Surfing11. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA))12. Street Luge13. Motorcycle Leaping14. Cliff Diving15. Speed Skiing16. Trebuchet17. Land Speed Record Breaking18. Sky Diving

General Fields

  • : 9781741750300
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : 0.506
  • : August 2007
  • : 202mm X 191mm X 13mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tony Davis
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 796.046
  • : 240
  • : Illustrations