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Better Betting With a Decent Feller: A Social History of Bookmaking by Carl Chinn INSCRIBED

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Today, branches of chains such as William Hill and Ladbrokes are familiar sights in high streets across Britain, and betting takes place on all sorts of events - from horse-racing to general elections, from football-match results to the likelihood of snow falling on Christmas Day. Yet until 1961 street bookmakers were illegal, and old prejudices are slow to fade away. A stigma is still attached to bookmaking, and for many people bookmakers remain a disreputable and shady lot. This book sets out to examine why this is the case. Social historian Carl Chinn was himself a bookmaker, like his father and grandfather before him, and therefore brings his own unique perspective to this lively and highly readable account of the profession's history, from its origins among the sharpsters who hoodwinked punters at racecourses, to the illegal street bookies who offered the working class a tantalising escape from poverty, to the growth of leisure empires such as Coral and William Hill post-legalisation, to gambling on the internet and betting on 'virtual' horse races.

In very good condition with some bumps to the edges and light marks to fore-edge. Inscribed with a message by the author.

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Inscribed by author
Author(s):
Chinn, Carl
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22.5x14.5cm
Edition:
2004 Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
184513009X
ISBN-13:
9781845130091
Number of pages:
380
Publisher:
Aurum
Title:
Better Betting With a Decent Feller

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Today, branches of chains such as William Hill and Ladbrokes are familiar sights in high streets across Britain, and betting takes place on all sorts of events - from horse-racing to general elections, from football-match results to the likelihood of snow falling on Christmas Day. Yet until 1961 street bookmakers were illegal, and old prejudices are slow to fade away. A stigma is still attached to bookmaking, and for many people bookmakers remain a disreputable and shady lot. This book sets out to examine why this is the case. Social historian Carl Chinn was himself a bookmaker, like his father and grandfather before him, and therefore brings his own unique perspective to this lively and highly readable account of the profession's history, from its origins among the sharpsters who hoodwinked punters at racecourses, to the illegal street bookies who offered the working class a tantalising escape from poverty, to the growth of leisure empires such as Coral and William Hill post-legalisation, to gambling on the internet and betting on 'virtual' horse races.

In very good condition with some bumps to the edges and light marks to fore-edge. Inscribed with a message by the author.

Added value:
Inscribed by author
Author(s):
Chinn, Carl
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22.5x14.5cm
Edition:
2004 Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
184513009X
ISBN-13:
9781845130091
Number of pages:
380
Publisher:
Aurum
Title:
Better Betting With a Decent Feller

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