Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.
One of Giles Coren's favourite books. Follow usual suspects Asterix and Obelix in another hilarious rampant adventure of Gaulish high jinks. This time they take on Greeks, Romans, and Spartans alike in Athens on the epic stage of the Olympic Games. Surely they cannot lose? However, with magic potion banned as an artificial stimulant can Asterix still win at the Games? This classic tale from Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo provides a humorous and yet often-informative insight into the practices, architecture and ancient traditions associated with the games. Not just for jokes, although of course there’s always plenty of them.