Sport and Health Sciences at Brighton

Acclaimed major book by Sport Journalism course leader

Floodlightds and Touchlines cover draft Feb 2014Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport, written by Rob Steen, co-leader of the Sport Journalism BA (Hons) course, will be published on 5 June by Bloomsbury.

The book has been several years in the making and promises to be a must for anyone interested in the history of spectator sport. The book is already receiving rave reviews prior to publication:

“I believe that you will never fully understand the game behind the game without reading Floodlights and Touchlines. Rob Steen is the perfect guide to take you through this remarkable history.” Dr. John Carlos, 1968 Olympian, medal stand protester


“Floodlights and Touchlines is a triumph. People who dismiss sport as mindless entertainment need to read this. People who love sport but find their ardour doesn’t extend beyond the numbers, need to read this as well. The sports world is better for its publication.” Dave Zirin, Sports Editor, The Nation, author of The People’s History of Sports in the United States and Brazil’s Dance with the Devil.

“There are few, if any, sport writers today with as incisive an analytical grasp of global diversity and trajectories in sport culture as Rob Steen; and certainly no one is as possessed as he with the humour and history to create riveting and riotous prose around the hubris and hysteria that play out at the intersection of sport and society.” Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, University of West Indies, Professor of History and author of The Development of West Indies Cricket Vol 1 & 2

The book can be purchased online with Bloomsbury who will notify you when it is on sale.

Kerry Burnett • 28/03/2014

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