A fascinating book on the way that britain put on a successful olympics in 1948 when rationing, bomb sites and lack of money was overcome. The 1948 olympics were very different from the impressive spectacle that london put on in 2012. First recorded evidence of the ancient olympic games. Postwar reconstruction had barely started in the battered host city and all the venues for the games were lent by private or public organizations with little expenditure for rebuilding allocated. Jun 01, 2012 the austerity olympics is nearly without flaw. Despite these problems, a madedo and mend attitude led to the games becoming the most successful and inexpensive olympics of the 20th century. The budget ignores the damage caused by austerity policies.
Apr 02, 2020 the 1940 games, scheduled for japan, were returned to the i. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. When the tokyo olympics went missing the new york times. The 1948 games have become known as the austerity olympics or the ration book olympics. How austerity measures are used to help the economy. The ration book olympics listening books overdrive. She is the author of the critically acclaimed biography of joyce grenfell, of how the girl guides won the war, and, for aurum, the bestselling the austerity olympics, shortli. Jul 21, 2012 a more involved read is janie hamptons the austerity olympics, about the 1948 london games, which took place at a time when the city was still clearing the rubble of world war ii and living on. The specter of world war ii hangs over the next few films the 1948 games in london were literally known as the austerity olympics because the. This timely and insightful book argues that austerity seeks to set the terms of political and economic life for the foreseeable future, extending techniques of exclusion to evergreater sections of the population. Janie hamptons 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. When the games came to london in 1948 by janie hampton online at alibris uk. As the olympics open, david runciman looks back at the two previous times.
The 1948 austerity olympics and tv national science. The austerity olympicstxtthe austerity olympicspdf. The austerity olympics is a nice little addition to austerity lit, not as entertainingly written as the masterpiece of the genre, david kynastons austerity britain 19451951, but full of. Austerity meaning in the cambridge english dictionary. For the group vying for the games, known as dc 2024, janie hamptons the austerity olympics should be required reading. Hamptons book describes the 1948 london olympics, the first held following. Yet, this multimillion pound corporate extravaganza could not be further from the realities of the 1948 ration book olympics which took place with london a bombed out ruin and britain in deep economic crisis. And what will remain after the medals have been awarded and the cheering stops. Yet, this multimillion pound corporate extravaganza could not be further from the. How london contrived in 1948 almost by accident, to create one of the friendliest games in history. Sep 02, 20 hamptons book describes the 1948 london olympics, the first held following world war ii and as importantly the first after berlins infamous propagandaridden 1936 games. The austerity olympics goodreads meet your next favorite book. The austerity olympics political and social history of the first postwar olympics, with interviews from over 100 competitors, spectators and judges. Heres a closer look at some of the equipment that made it happen, on display as part of our exhibition action replay.
In referencing those games, the spare, postwar backdrop of their staging landed the olympiad the nickname of the austerity olympics. The austerity olympics ebook by janie hampton 97817810014. The 1948 summer olympics, officially known as the games of the xiv olympiad, was an international multisport event which was held in london, united kingdom from 29 july to 14 august 1948. The austerity olympics, a social history of the london olympics of 1948, was introduced by sebastian coe and quoted by many olympic observers, including mayor of london boris johnson and was shortlisted for the william hill sports book of the year. The best books on london olympic history five books expert. A world to build, runs from ve day to the inauguration of the national health service in july 1948. The austerity olympics by janie hampton image aurum press in following these london olympics, ive heard frequent mention of the 1948 london games, the first olympics held following world war ii. The austerity olympics by janie hamilton overdrive. She is the author of the critically acclaimed biography of joyce grenfell, of how the girl guides won the war, and, for aurum, the bestselling the austerity olympics, shortlisted for the william hill sports book of the year award 2008, and the british sports book awards best biography 2009. Official information dating back to the first modern winter games of chamonix 1924. An enthralling account independent a fascinating book researched with an awesome thoroughness daily telegraph h.
An enthralling account independent a fascinating book. How gender and politics shaped the career of athlete audrey brown. Austerity measures have a number of different effects on a country, including both economic and social implications. When the games came to london in 1948 first edition by janie hampton isbn. From the ultimate olympic reference book to an account of the last london games, bibliophile cabbie will grozier recommends books that put. Inspire a love of reading with prime book box for kids discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1.
Janie hampton is the author of the austerity olympics when the games. Total olympics jeremy fuchs 9781523508389 netgalley. The last time that britain hosted an olympic games was 1948 when the organisers had a postwar. When the games came to london in 1948 and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle.
This is a book that becomes more relevant and ironically entertaining every day nearer to 2012. The 1948 summer olympics, officially known as the games of the xiv olympiad, was an international multisport event which was held in london, united kingdom from 29 july to 14 august 1948 after a twelveyear hiatus caused by the outbreak of world war ii. Disabled mans death after his benefits were stopped brings back sad memories. The austerity olympics when the games came to london in 1948. Her tales of teams ferried to events on doubledecker buses, billeted in army camps or sewing their own kit are a world away from the lavish 2012 arenas such.
Janie hampton london 2012 olympics is fast approaching, with new developments and plans causing huge excitement the world over. May 31, 2008 only the most naive believe that events such as the olympics can live up to highminded ideals. Winter olympics past and future winter olympic games. This paper addresses the emergence and afterlives of the. Marcus trescothick autobiography wins william hill sports. Janie hampton has written more than 15 books, from biography to fiction. It is hard to fathom, and for some impossible, the magnitude of planning that was successfully completed in staging the 1948 olympics in the pre ecommunications era. Read the austerity olympics when the games came to london in 1948 by janie hampton available from rakuten kobo.
Janie hampton born as anderson, 14 march 1952 is a british author, best known for her biography of joyce grenfell and social history books the austerity olympics, how the girl guides won the war, and an international development and womens health activist. When the games came to london in 1948 by janie hampton and sebastian coe 2008, hardcover, illustrated. However, its written in a rather choppy style, and the chapters on the individual sporting events got repetitive after a while. The year of the austerity olympics insead knowledge. When the games came to london in 1948 paperback june 1, 2012 by janie hampton author. Jul 25, 2012 overall, moodys believe the olympics are unlikely to provide a substantial economic boost to the u. For more information on the olympics timeline, the nature of the ancient olympics themselves, and other counterintuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see anthony esolens the politically incorrect guide to western civilization.
The history of a dangerous idea is a masterful combination of economic history and intellectual history that puts the current policy debate into a balanced and sophisticated. Janie hamptons book about the last time the olympics came to london is a tale of female competitors sewing their own kit, teams ferried to the games on red london buses and billeted in spartan hostels or even army camps, and the main stadium being hastily cleared of greyhound racing to allow the athletics to take place. The austerity olympics is good on the challenges of putting on an olympics in a city still partially bombedout and subject to rationing. Author janie hampton at the british library on the 20th july, 2012.
Competitors brought their own towels, travelled to venues by bus and shared rationed food. When the games came to london in 1948 hardcover january 1, 2008 by. Yet the austerity olympics, as described in this fascinating book, seem to have done exactly that. When the games came to london in 1948 by janie hampton. A fascinating book which tells the story of the 1948 olympic games which took place in a warweary london during an economic crisis. While training we had to take our ration books, but thanks to. Janie hamptons book about the last time the olympics came to london is a tale of female competitors sewing their own kit, teams ferried to the games on red london buses and billeted in spartan hostels. The 1940 olympic games had been scheduled for tokyo, and then for.
Access official videos, photos and news from all past and future winter olympic games vancouver 2010, sochi 2014, pyeongchang 2018 and more. Three years after the end of the second world war, britain was still gripped by austerity. London 2012 olympics is fast approaching, with new developments and plans causing huge excitement the world over. When the games came to london in 1948 welcome to the daily constitutional london library in this ten week series of posts ill be drawing in literary fiction, popular fiction, graphic novels and nonfiction to create a reading list as disparate and inspiring as london itself. She is the author of the critically acclaimed biography of joyce grenfell, of how the girl guides won the war, and, for aurum, the bestselling the austerity olympics, shortlisted for the william. Janie hampton born as anderson, 14 march 1952 is a british author, best known for her biography of joyce grenfell and social history books the austerity olympics. In helping it earn its austerity olympics moniker, there was no olympic village. For all those involved, the postponement of the tokyo olympics is a cruel disappointment. Sixty years ago, when the olympic games last came to london, the entire event was set up with minimal funds and military precision in under two years. Or the 1948 austerity games in londonteams had to bring their own food, female athletes sewed their own uniforms. The austerity olympics by janie hamilton overdrive rakuten.
The austerity olympics when the games came to london in 1948 by janie hamilton author sebastian coe author of introduction, etc. The austerity olympics by janie hampton overdrive rakuten. Rationing was still in force, severe bomb damage was still much in. Sebastian coe the 1948 olympics took place in warweary london during an economic crisis. The last time london hosted the games, in 1948, was a time of austerity in britain and the games reflected that austerity. Nelson mandela and the game that made a nation, by john carlin. Jun 11, 2012 paul mcmichael nurse on the london olympics. The 2020 austerity budget is politically reckless and socially and economically destructive. The book was filmed by bbc tv as bert and dickie, starring matt smith and geoffrey palmer.773 80 702 1238 149 953 590 254 96 527 1174 1237 779 450 1011 852 1012 678 940 1243 505 349 561 613 519 474 395 654