Gold, Gold, Gold!
If that famous phrase has you bleeding from the ears, you’re probably not alone. But before you run to your Olympic proof, Penguin Classics lined bunker, I would like to point out the incredible parallels to be drawn between the world of literature of the Olympic Games.
Just in time for the glory, the majesty and the spandex of the coming weeks here are 11 interesting facts and stories that may or may not be true (Disclaimer: they’re not true) about the athletes and the wonderful books that share their golden destinies.
1. The Prince
Al Saud counts Machiavelli as one of his biggest influences Evidence of this can be found in his famous my-dad-says-I-can-go performance at trials which earned him Olympic selection.
2. Wuthering Heights
Steve Hooker has felt this more often than not in the last 18 months and has turned to Emily Bronte for advice. She is yet to write back.
3. Twelve Angry Men
If the British team loses the book will be re-released in the UK as Sixty-Two and a Half Million Angry Britons.
4. The Grapes of Wrath
5. The Time Machine
6. Walking Home
Also the punishment if said athlete advises that 110% is mathematically impossible.
7. The Monk
Not to be confused with the swimmer Kenrick Monk, who fell off a skateboard and told the police he had been hit by a car. And then posted a photo on facebook of himself holding two guns exemplifying the weakness of the human condition.
8. Moby Dick
Captain Ahab never got his Gold Medal.
9. My Country
10. One Man Zeitgeist
11. The Odyssey
By Andrew Cattanach
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About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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