The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Sport by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Sport

Written by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
Illustrated by Andy Forshaw

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Ernest Hemingway might have said there are only three real sports – motor racing, bull-fighting and mountaineering – but even he might have been forced to reconsider had he been presented with The Wallbook Timeline of Sport. This unique history book covers more than 100 different sports played by humans through the centuries and around the globe, including our own great national pastimes football, rugby and cricket all of which are shown to have origins that will surprise readers. In What On Earth? style all the different sports are illustrated in a timeline that begins two hundred years BC and ends in the current day, providing readers with a unique view of sport throughout human history. A 2 metre long poster will provide hours of entertainment and there’s longer reading too in fun newspaper style reports as well as a quiz. Fascinating and revealing stuff for readers of all ages. ~ Andrea Reece

Everything you want to know about all sports from the original Olympics to the present day is crammed into the attractively busy pages of this vast wall chart. Fun to browse but also hugely informative, this chart deserves a place on all walls. Terrifically original publishing.

The wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing.

In addition to the Wallbook, The Timeline of Sport also includes a Chronicle which features more than 35 newspaper stories and a quiz.


The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Sport by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

Imagine the whole history of sport hanging on a wall like William-the-Conqueror’s extraordinary Bayeux Tapestry! That’s the effect of unfolding the amazing new What on Earth? Wallbook of Sport which literally covers hundreds of the top sporting moments, records and dramas stretching on a timeline starting from the first Olympic games in 776 BC to London 2012.

Discover the answers to these amazing facts – and hundreds more – in 8 giant pages of beautifully illustrated sporting moments charting the history of more than 66 different sports! On the reverse side, a special editorial supplement features all the most memorable moments from the modern Olympic movement starting in 1896 all the way up to 2012 – and even includes a championship sports crossword!

Perfect for younger readers but also relevant to all ages, this comprehensive, accessible and versatile wallbook is the first ever illustration of the entire history of sport on a single piece of paper.

You can see the author demonstrating his wallbooks in this video -

The What on Earth? Wallbook series includes -

What on Earth? Timeline of Shakespeare

What on Earth? Timeline of Sport

What on Earth? Timeline of Science & Engineering

What on Earth? Timeline of Big History

What on Earth? Timeline of Nature

You can find out more about The What On Earth Wallbooks at


'A truly epic undertaking, in terms of layout, typography, design and sheer scale of ambition' - Christopher Middleton, The Daily Telegraph

“I wasn't able to get to the camera to catch the moment of my 4 y/o grandson on hands and knees on the dining room table looking for dinosaurs and boats. Your heart would melt. Many thanks to you, Chris and all those that made these delightful posters.” Ted Mead (grandparent)

“I have been reading your What On Earth Happened? book and it has inspired me to rethink my history teaching. The way you link one event/invention to another is brilliant. Would you object if I borrowed some of your content for use in my History class-notes?” Alex Kirkpatrick, Bishopsgate School

“Christopher Lloyd came to our school to give a talk and it was compulsory for me to go. I really dreaded it, and thought that it would be boring. However, to my pleasant surprise the talk was one of the most interesting talks I have ever listened to. It sparked in me a real interest in history and current events, so much so that I went home and got the What On Earth Happened Wallbook and the full book. I have chosen GCSE for history and will likely go on to study it at A-level. Thanks again for what you are doing and for inspiring me.” Aidan Bartholomew (14 years old)

About the Author

Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

Christopher (pictured) graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. His best selling history of the world, called What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury 2008) is now in 15 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. He established his own publishing house What on Earth Publishing in Spring 2010 and has published a series of timelines in collaboration with illustrator Andy Forshaw covering history, nature, science, sport, Shakespeare and Magna Carta. Christopher is now in great demand as a lecturer and storyteller in schools, museums and at literary festivals throughout the UK and abroad. He divides his time between lecturing and writing.

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20th October 2015




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