Published by Simon & Schuster
Fuchsprellen is the inspiration for Edward Brooke-Hitching’s first book. The writer and documentary filmmaker’s German may not be the best, but even he was able to recognise the words ‘fox’ and ‘bouncing’.
It was a cruel, peculiar activity which involved throwing a fox as high as possible and piqued Brooke-Hitching’s interest, leading to this fascinating A-Z of forgotten sports, activities and games.
Meticulous research has led to fascinating accounts of these forgotten sports’ origins and endings, offering great little nuggets of information.
For example, did you know the common pub name ‘Dog and Duck’ owes its name in part to duck-baiting – or the bloody origin of the phrase ‘to beat around the bush’?
Then there is eel-pulling, ice tennis and phone booth-stuffing, as well as the day in December 1937 when cheetahs took on greyhounds in Romford, Essex.
All of these and so many more are covered in this intriguing, go-to guide on the weird and wonderful activities of years gone by.