The Little Book of Team GB is the latest in Carlton Books' best-selling series of inspirational and humorous quotes on a wide variety of topics. There are 175 quotes from athletes of all shapes and sizes on their Olympic successes, aspirations and, occasionally, failure, recalling their efforts and what it took qualify for the Olympic Games. Some quotes are well known, such as an exhausted Steve Redgrave telling an interviewer after his fourth gold medal row, 'I've had it. If anyone sees me near a boat they can shoot me'. (thankfully no one accepted the invitation before his fifth gold medall), others less so, but they will provide inspiration for budding athletes and bring back warm memories for many others. Come July and August 2012, there will, no doubt, be hundreds more to add to this collection.
Iain Spragg has written or co-written many books on sport and general interest topics. He is well qualified to write on the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games as he has worked with the press agency that produced media releases for London 2012 and with sporting legends such as Sir Roger Bannister. In addition he has provided editorial content for Channel 4's soon to be online Paralympics website. He is based in London. Adrian Clarke is now a freelance sports writer, contributing to a number of national newspapers in the UK. A former professional footballer, starting his career with Arsenal, he made almost 100 appearances in the Football League before retiring. He has also written or co-written a number of books on sport and other general interest subjects.