Présentation de l'éditeur
A remarkable piece of work that starts with the very first competitive shoots using live pigeons, the development of the glass ball target, the rise of trick shooters such as Annie Oakley, the birth of the Olympics, the royal family and clay pigeons, how Second World War fighter pilots used clay pigeons shooting to hone their skills knocking down moving targets and taking the story right up to the modern day. It's more than just a history of a sport. It's a tale of civilisation and how it has treated its best shooters, from the late nineteenth century when they were the most highly-regarded sportsmen of all, through decades when the sport was ignored and, again, back to now, as shooting stands on the cusp of a staggering new popularity. It's not just a good history: it's a great read.
"This has been a monumental work by Michael Yardley...you will never look at a London pigeon in the same way again without thinking of how its ancestors were used as targets in the fashionable watering holes at Hendon, Battersea and Hurlingham."