London Olympics: 1908 and 1948

After Mount Vesuvius erupted in Italy In 1906, London had only two years to prepare for the Olympics. In 1948, London was still recovering from WWII, but despite bomb sites and food rationing, hosted the Olympics again – for only £760,000. This fascinating history of the London Olympics in 1908 and 1948 brings alive the changes in sport through the 20th century.


“An entertaining dash through the last two Olympics hosted by [London]… A brief and lively account that brings London’s previous Olympic moments to life with great images and revealing quotes from newspapers, spectators and the athletes themselves.” — BBC History Magazine