The Octogenarian Ski-jumper

ABOUT Martin McGovern

Martin McGovern
The Octogenarian Ski-jumper is a celebration of the achievements of the famous and not-so-famous, arranged according to the age of the person at the time of the achievement. Chapters for those aged 20 to 69 are available here: the full book contains achievements of those ranging from newbo More...


Have you ever wondered who achieved something when they were your age? The Octogenarian Ski-jumper has the answers. It describes the achievements of the famous and the not-so-famous, arranged by the age at which they achieved sporting greatness, wrote that novel, or invented that everyday gadget.
This book has sample chapters; the printed book covers ages from 0 to 105.

On my wife's forty-fourth birthday, our son had chicken pox and we couldn't go to a party. Uncharacteristically, she was bemoaning this misfortune. "And I'm forty-four" she said. "No-one ever achieved anything aged forty-four". This book is the result of that conversation.