BOOK REVIEW: How to Watch the Olympics at Bookmark Spalding until August 4.

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With the Rio games just around the corner, this is the one book on the Olympics you really do need.

The Olympic Games can dazzle us with the sheer scale and variety of its sporting contests, with 17 days packed with 10,500 athletes, 28 sports, and 302 gold medals up for grabs. Yet many of the games are unfamiliar to even the most avid sports fan. This is where this witty, insightful book comes in.

‘How to Watch the Olympics’ offers each sport’s back-story and culture, and explains the finer points of strategy, skulduggery and skill. This edition has been freshly updated for the 2016 Games in Rio, including fresh material from London 2012 and chapters on the new Olympic sports of rugby sevens and golf.

The perfect event-by-event primer for sport’s biggest occasion will have you on tenterhooks to see whether the Danes triumph at handball, what the Italian fencers are up to and why Greco-Roman wrestling is so crucial to Kasakhstan.