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Nick Holt - Author

About the Author

Nick Holt is the author of numerous books on football and other sports, and numerous highly rated quiz books on a variety of topics. He also writes fiction under a different name. Nick lives with his wonderfully supportive wife, (also Nic!) and their cats in Hastings.

Featured books by Nick Holt

The Periodic Table of Football

The Periodic Table of Football

Author: Nick Holt Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

This expert guide and accompanying poster spans over 150 years to offer an original perspective of the beautiful game.

Other books by Nick Holt

The Mammoth Book of The World Cup The Definitive Guide, 1930-2018

The Mammoth Book of The World Cup The Definitive Guide, 1930-2018

Author: Nick Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

An all-encompassing, chronological guide to football's World Cup, one of the world's few truly international events, in good time for the June 2018 kick-off in Russia. From its beginnings in 1930 to the modern all-singing, all-dancing self-styled 'greatest show on Earth', every tournament is covered with features on major stars and great games, as well as stories about some less celebrated names and quirky stats and intriguing essays. Holt's focus is very much on what takes place on the field, rather than how football is a mirror for economic corruption, or how a nation's style of play represents a profound statement about its people, or how a passion for football can lift underpaid, socially marginalised people out of poverty. From the best World Cups, in 1958 and 1970, to the worst, in 1962 and 2010, he looks behind the facts and the technical observations to the stories: the mysterious sins of omission; critical injuries to key players; and coaching U-turns. He explains how England's World Cup achievements under Sven-Goeran Eriksson, far from being a national disgrace, were actually quite impressive, and looks at why Alf Ramsey didn't take Bobby Charlton off in 1970, but this is no parochial, jingoistic account. The book also asks why Brazil did not contribute in 1966, despite having won the previous two tournaments and going on to win the next one? Why the greatest players of their day did not always shine at the World Cup - George Best and Alfredo Di Stefano, for example, never even made it to the Finals. Why did Johann Cruyff not go to the 1978 World Cup? And why did one of Germany's greatest players never play in the World Cup? There are lots of tables, some filled with obvious, but necessary information, but others with more quirky observations. Alongside accounts of epic games, there are also brief biographies of all the great heroes of the World Cup.

The Mammoth Football Quiz Book

The Mammoth Football Quiz Book

Author: Nick Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2016

A truly mammoth football quiz book covering over twenty years of the Premier League and the entire history of the beautiful (and sometimes not so beautiful) game. All the major international tournaments are covered, as well as the full history of the domestic game, both recent and historical - even grandad can show off! Nick Holt has compiled a satisfyingly hefty and wonderfully challenging collection of 3,000 questions, arranged in quizzes of varying difficulty and subject matter covering the games that mattered, the personalities, the controversies, the goals and the glory. SAMPLE QUESTIONS It wasn't until 2007 that a South American player scored a Premier League hat-trick; who scored three in a 5-3 derby win over Wigan Athletic in December that year? There have been some noticeably bad-tempered Merseyside derbies in the Premier League era; which Everton player saw red at Goodison Park in December 2005, and again in October, 2007? Which two uncapped overseas players were the captains of Manchester City and Portsmouth respectively for the 2004-05 season? Germany 1, England 5: Who let in five goals for the only time in his international career? Italia 90: Who was the unlikely scorer of the game's only goal when England beat Egypt 1-0 in a group match of bewildering tedium? Italia 90: Defeat by which country in their opening match cost Scotland a chance of progressing past the group stage for the first time?

The Official Radio 6 Music Quiz Book

The Official Radio 6 Music Quiz Book

Author: Nick Holt, Lauren Laverne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2016

BBC Radio 6 Music is the place for alternative music - and this is the quiz for its fans. From indie pop and iconic rock to trip hop, electronica and dance, these questions will test your knowledge of the last 60 years of floor-fillers, cult classics and the best B-sides to the limit. Including dedicated quizzes on your favourite 6 Music shows, like Lauren Laverne's People's Playlist, Guy Garvey's Finest Hour, Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service and more, find out how much you can really call yourself the king of rock n' roll.

The Periodic Table of Football

The Periodic Table of Football

Author: Nick Holt Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

This expert guide and accompanying poster spans over 150 years to offer an original perspective of the beautiful game.

The Mammoth Book of The World Cup The Definitive Guide, 1930-2018

The Mammoth Book of The World Cup The Definitive Guide, 1930-2018

Author: Nick Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2014

An all-encompassing, chronological guide to football's World Cup, one of the world's few truly international events, in good time for the June 2014 kick-off in Rio de Janeiro. From its beginnings in 1930 to the modern all-singing, all-dancing self-styled `greatest show on Earth', every tournament is covered with features on major stars and great games, as well as stories about some less celebrated names and quirky stats and intriguing essays. Holt's focus is very much on what takes place on the field, rather than how football is a mirror for economic corruption, or how a nation's style of play represents a profound statement about its people, or how a passion for football can lift underpaid, socially marginalised people out of poverty. From the best World Cups, in 1958 and 1970, to the worst, in 1962 and 2010, he looks behind the facts and the technical observations to the stories: the mysterious sins of omission; critical injuries to key players; and coaching U-turns. He explains how England's World Cup achievements under Sven-Goeran Eriksson, far from being a national disgrace, were actually quite impressive, and looks at why Alf Ramsey didn't take Bobby Charlton off in 1970, but this is no parochial, jingoistic account. The book also asks why Brazil did not contribute in 1966, despite having won the previous two tournaments and going on to win the next one? Why the greatest players of their day did not always shine at the World Cup - George Best and Alfredo Di Stefano, for example, never even made it to the Finals. Why did Johann Cruyff not go to the 1978 World Cup? And why did one of Germany's greatest players never play in the World Cup? There are lots of tables, some filled with obvious, but necessary information, but others with more quirky observations. Alongside accounts of epic games, there are also brief biographies of all the great heroes of the World Cup.

The Mammoth Quiz Book Over 6,000 questions in 400 quizzes to tax even hardcore quiz fanatics

The Mammoth Quiz Book Over 6,000 questions in 400 quizzes to tax even hardcore quiz fanatics

Author: Nick Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2013

A comprehensive category killer, with over 6,000 varied questions on every topic imaginable - as well as some you might not imagine. The 400 quizzes are a mixture of general knowledge and specialist rounds all aimed at the popular pub or society quiz market on science and technology; nature and the universe; human geography; history; life as we know it; arts and culture; sports and games; popular culture; celebrities and trivia. The questions are up-to-date, interesting and, unlike much of the competition, accurate.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Author: Nick Holt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2012

In this fresh interpretation of the legend of Robin Hood, venture into Sherwood Forest with a band of rebel outlaws fighting against injustice and corruption. A richly illustrated treat for those familiar with Robin Hood and newcomers to the tale alike.

Wit and Wisdom of the Movies Unforgettable Quotes from Actors, Actresses and Directors

Wit and Wisdom of the Movies Unforgettable Quotes from Actors, Actresses and Directors

Author: Nick Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

A bizarre mix of myth and myopia, the movies are a source of wonderful wit and wisdom rarely offered by real life; the scriptwriter has an opportunity to utter all those witty things we're never quick enough to say.

Wit and Wisdom of Music Unforgettable Quotes from Rock Stars and More-

Wit and Wisdom of Music Unforgettable Quotes from Rock Stars and More-

Author: Nick Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

A bible of carefully selected quotations from the mouths of the music industry: rock stars, rappers, producers and entrepreneurs. The quotes are sometimes side splitting, occasionally grave, but always unforgettable.

Vampireology

Vampireology

Author: Nick Holt, Various Various Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2010

'Vampireology' reveals the history of vampires who have lived among us and preyed on humans since the beginning of time. Written in 1900 by the world's Protector, Archibold Brooks, the unpublished manuscript falls into the hands of our detective, Kraik, when Brooks is murdered in 1920. Kraik is given the task of publishing the book.

Football The Beautiful Game

Football The Beautiful Game

Author: Nick Holt, Guy Lloyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2003

This volume features over 400 entries on every aspect of the game of football, including dream teams, best player ratings, stadium data, goalscoring tables and the best moments from football from the birth of the game to the 2002 World Cup.

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