Immortals of British Sport

Immortals of British Sport

A celebration of Britain's sporting history through sculpture


By Ian Hewitt and Sampson Lloyd

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ISBN: 9781909534186

Format: Hardback

Pages: 320

Weight: 1020grammes

Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Published: October 2013

Britain, pioneer of many of the world's most popular sports, is uniquely rich in sporting heroes - many of whom are immortalised in sculptures and memorials around the British Isles.

This beautifully illustrated book is a fascinating and often suprising journey in discovery of these diverse and inspiring monuments that celebrate the figures who have shaped our sporting history through the ages.

From WG Grace to Steve Redgrave, from Stanley Matthews to Red Rum, a vast array of these 'sporting immortals' are captured within these pages. Many are well-known but others unexpected, ranging from 18th century prize-fighters to modern-day footballers and Olympians. Immortals of British Sport covers more than 20 sports, as the book's eight chapters explore different eras and unlock treasures of our illustrious sporting past.

Produced by an award-winning editorial team, the worlds of sport and art meet with more than 200 striking and specially commissioned photographs appearing alongside the stories of each of these 'immortals'. This kaleidoscope of heroes, and the sculptures and memorials that immortalise them, provides a unique and vivid celebration of Britain's sporting heritage.

This beautiful, and often poignant, coffee-table book is a perfect gift for lovers of sporting history and/or sculpture and covers eight golden eras: from the Victorians right through to the modern day.

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About the author

Ian Hewitt has written several books including the award-winning Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon's Crown. Sampson Lloyd is a successful freelance photographer and has contributed to many acclaimed books.


Sports Journalists' Association

January 2014

One of the most sumptuous and beautiful sports books that it has ever been my good fortune to hold... This magnificent work will hold a pride of place on my shelf... This is, in my opinion, one of the most important books on sport to have been published in this or any other era.

The Sport Heritage Review

March 2014

Well-written, beautifully photographed and, very accessible... A steal at twice the price.