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The Sports Timeline Wallbook

Written by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth

Illustrated by Andy Forshaw

Part of the What on Earth Wallbook Series

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LoveReading View on The Sports Timeline Wallbook

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 in 2012. Terrifically original publishing.

There are three in the series so far:

The What on Earth? Wallbook: From the Big Bang to the Present Day

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Natural History

The What on Earth? Wallbook of Sport

Visit the What on Earth series website for more images and information.


The Sports Timeline Wallbook Synopsis

Take a trip back in time more than 2,500 years to the first ever Olympic Games - then journey through hundreds of the most extraordinary stories of sport through to the present day. This unique history of sport includes a 2 metre-long fold-out timeline containing more than 1,000 pictures and captions that tells the story of more than 100 different sports on a spectrum including fighting, racing and ball games.

Trace the origins and histories of all the major sports, including Olympic champions and world record holders. The Sports Timeline Wallbook also includes more than 30 newspaper articles, a 50-question quiz and a pocket magnifier. Perfect for 6-14 year olds but equally fascinating for adults.

You can see Christopher Lloyd demonstrating his wallbooks in this video -

The What on Earth? Wallbook series includes -

The Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook

The Sports Timeline Wallbook

The Science Timeline Wallbook

The Big History Timeline Wallbook

The Nature Timeline Wallbook

The British History Timeline Wallbook


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

The Sports Timeline Wallbook Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Seb and Finnlay, age 11 from St John's Catholic Primary School, Bath - 'Fact-tastic! Children who are interested in sport will love this book. The pictures are really funny and the information is interesting! We want to read it again and again!'
  • Y. Saif, age 9 - 'Amazing book and fantastic poster! It was full of fantastic facts and really interesting articles. I was sharing facts with all my friends and teachers too.'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 10 - 'The Sports Timeline Wallbook is absolutely amazing and incredibly well researched. People of all ages will enjoy the wide-ranging facts and stories about sports through the ages.'
  • Finn Rix-Clancy, age 13 - 'Really good visual book that covers all sort of sports from the ancient olympics to present day rugby union and golf.'
  • Gianna Smith, age 7 - 'One of the longest non-fiction books I have ever read, like a dictionary of sports with lots of colourful pictures and it gives you the history too.  The timeline is like a stream of sports.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 11 - 'This book is all about sports, starting from the first gladiators to the most recent Super Bowl...I recommend it to 11+ students as it has some complicated words in it but younger children might find useful facts and information that they can also use for projects and schoolwork.'

The Sports Timeline Wallbook Press Reviews

Praise for the What on Earth? Timeline series:

"A gripping re-telling of the most extraordinary story ever told"  The Independent

"Epic - this is history let out of the box"  The Daily Telegraph

"Astonishing - perfect for all the family"  The Sunday Times

"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 wanted to let you know how fascinated my four boys are with the Shakespeare wall chart.  They love it!   They are aged 10, 7 and twins aged 6, and have had no contact with Shakespeare at all up till now - but can sit with it on their laps and pour over the pictures for ages!  Then they ask questions (inevitable - the gory stuff!).  Helen Hughes (parent)

“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)

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780995482005
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Publisher: What on Earth Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780995482005
Publication date: 1st February 2017
Author: Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
Illustrator: Andy Forshaw
Publisher: What on Earth Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 26 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fascinating Facts, Sports
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: What On Earth?

About 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 ...

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