Fascinating stories and facts about lesser-known men, women and objects that came second.
'Winning is everything', so they say. But actually second can be thrilling, intriguing, heroic and pure. You may not have heard of John Landy, Juerg Marmet or 'You Better Run', but that doesn't mean they're not worth knowing about. They are, respectively, the second man to run a sub-four-minute mile, the leader of the second team to conquer Everest, and the second video played on MTV.
THE BOOK OF SECONDS will tell the stories of the nearly-men and nearly-women, not to mention the nearly-skyscrapers, nearly-moon missions and nearly-whales: the people and things who until now have sat in the shadow of the firsts. This book will bring them gloriously into the limelight hitherto denied to them.
Posterity celebrates pioneers and record-holders, but the people directly behind them have stories worth telling, too. This excellent little book fills us in - DAILY MAIL
[D]one with such verve and humour and telling so many good stories that you succumb to its manifest charms with a simple sigh of pleasure - THE SPECTATOR
Mark Mason is a lover of trivia, the 'little facts that slip down the back of life's sofa'. Before becoming a writer, he sold Christmas cards in Harrods, played guitar in a blues band, and made radio programmes for the BBC. His other books include The Importance of Being Trivial, Walk the Lines and Move Along, Please.