Life story of famous golf course architect Ron Kirby and wife Sally as they travelled the world making lifelong friends and designing golf courses. It's also a love story of Ron and Sally's 67 years together, starting out as high school sweethearts in Beverly Massachusetts.
The World Cup returned to England after 20 years; the Almanack tells the story of the tournament and pays a tribute to the winners. What did it take to win? Writers include Sir Viv Richards, Ian Chappell, Yuvraj Singh.
Mike Brearley discusses India's reaction to the new and untested, and finds a pattern there. British actor and director Harry Burton recalls his playing days with Nobel Laureate and cricket fan Harold Pinter. Former CBI chief R K Raghavan details the match fixing saga that nearly brought Indian cricket to its knees while Nandan Kamat seeks a law against fixing. Gulu Ezekiel details the collector's life, and what makes it special. Andreas Campomar writes about a commemorative game in Argentina, where cricket has been played for 150 years.
Writers include the world's finest, Gideon Haigh, Rahul Bhattacharya, Geoff Lemon, Andrew Fernando, Sidhartha Monga, Sandeep Dwivedi, Neil Manthorp, Peter Lalor, Tim Wigmore.
Unmukt Chand describes his struggles while Karunya Keshav and Snehal Pradhan capture the drama and the possibilities in women's cricket around the world. The quality of the writing remains consistently high while there are surprises and breath-taking material galore.
The Six Cricketers of the Year and the Personality of the Year take their place among the other Wisden India Almanack staples: obituaries, book reviews, chronicles and the editor's notes.
Mumbai's dramatic IPL win and the tournament details and commentary give the season at a glance. Who are the some of the country's best-known club cricketers, those who played for years and became local celebrities but seldom went on to bigger things? Wisden India Almanack tells their story.
The international season, the domestic season complete with the details of the first class and other matches and records from the lower levels to the international, have been meticulously collected in this, the most respected annual cricket reference manual.
William Humphrey’s delightful chronicle of an angling holiday in Wales celebrates two equally astonishing creatures: the Atlantic salmon and the British fly fisherman In order to mate in the same freshwater stream where it was spawned, the salmon swims one thousand miles or more and overcomes countless obstacles, from trawling nets to twelve-foot-high waterfalls. To catch the King of Fish at the end of its incredible journey, the Anglo-Saxon angler subjects his pride, his bank account, and his taste buds—poached milk, anyone?—to similar dangers. Nine out of ten salmon do not make it back to the sea once their spawning run is finished; nine out of ten sportsmen return to the hotel empty handed when the fishing day is done. And yet, year after year, they return to the rivers and streams of Great Britain—fish and angler both. Why? Perhaps “poor Holloway,” who has yet to land a salmon after twenty spawning seasons but whose success rate with the bored wives of more skillful fisherman is scandalously impressive, knows the answer. An elegant blend of fishing narrative, travelogue, and character study, The Spawning Run is a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to the irresistible passions that unite us all: man, woman, and salmon. This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Humphrey including rare photos form the author’s estate.
“In an age that values faster and faster travel, Lane’s river memoir affirms the great value of floating and observing.”—Booklist Three months after a family vacation in Costa Rica ends in tragedy when two fellow rafters die on the flooded Rio Reventazón, John Lane sets out with friends from his own backyard in upcountry South Carolina to calm his nerves and to paddle to the sea. Like Huck Finn, Lane sees a river journey as a portal to change, but unlike Twain’s character, Lane isn’t escaping. He’s getting intimate with the river that flows right past his home in the Spartanburg suburbs. Lane’s three-hundred-mile float trip takes him down the Broad River and into Lake Marion before continuing down the Santee River. Along the way, Lane recounts local history and spars with streamside literary presences such as Mind of the South author W. J. Cash; Henry Savage, author of the Rivers of America Series volume on the Santee; novelist and Pulitzer Prize–winner Julia Peterkin; early explorer John Lawson; and poet and outdoor writer Archibald Rutledge. Lane ponders the sites of old cotton mills; abandoned locks, canals, and bridges; ghost towns fallen into decay a century before; Indian mounds; American Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites; nuclear power plants; and boat landings. Along the way he encounters a cast of characters Twain himself would envy—perplexed fishermen, catfish cleaners, river rats, and a trio of drug-addled drifters on a lonely boat dock a day’s paddle from the sea. By the time Lane and his companions finally approach the ocean about forty miles north of Charleston, they have to fight the tide and set a furious pace. Through it all, paddle stroke by paddle stroke, Lane is reminded why life and rivers have always been wedded together.
Each week, when Sports Illustrated's 21 million readers open up their magazine, many turn right to the last page because that's where to find SI's most popular feature: the Life of Reilly column written by bestselling author Rick Reilly. A twenty-one-year veteran of the magazine and ten-time Sportswriter of the Year, Reilly took over SI's back page in 1998, and his column immediately attracted a devoted audience who helped make his 1990 book, The Life of Reilly, a New York Times bestseller. This new collection includes 100 of Reilly's favorite columns from the last six years, along with an introduction by Lance Armstrong. The title of the book signifies the strong reader response his columns typically generate (he wrote a column saying that cheerleading isn't a sport, and there was a light-hearted backlash). Alternately side-splitting and heart-warming, but always opinionated and provocative, this book brings together the best work by the best columnist in the business.
Eileen Ramsay was at the centre of a unique period in yachting history, and this wonderful book, featuring her classic photography, celebrates an extraordinary woman and her extraordinary subjects.
Eileen's heyday was between 1957 and 1970 - a time when eccentrics ruled, records were there for the setting, and women weren't often to be found behind the lens. But Eileen established herself as one of the greatest yachting photographers of her time, taking famous portraits of such sailing icons as Sir Francis Chichester, Eric Tabarly, Olympians including Rodney Pattisson and Keith Musto, and historic pictures from the first OSTAR (Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race). She was the only photographer Chichester allowed on his Gypsy Moth yachts, and managed to photograph the notorious charmers Uffa Fox and Max Aitken.
Her unique archive records the explosive growth in dinghy and offshore sailing during the post-war years, and includes pictures of the first Enterprises, Mirrors, Ospreys, Optimists and the first America's Cup 12 metres Sceptre and Evaine.
This beautiful book will feature:
- the post-war explosion in dinghy sailing
- the growth of offshore racing
- the pioneering days of the OSTAR race and solo circumnavigations
- the 12 metre class and the America's Cup
- post-war powerboat racing
There are also wonderful personal tributes to Eileen throughout by sailing personalities such as Vernon Stratton, Keith Musto and Uffa Fox.
In this engaging collection of essays, author and athlete John Jerome celebrates the simplicity and freedom of running. With contagious passion, he strips away fads and myths to offer basic guidelines for participants, from beginning joggers to those preparing for marathons. For years Jerome recorded his thoughts and experiences during his daily training. As he ran, he discovered not only physical benefits, but philosophical ones as well. His wry reflections take you on a joyous journey through the most elemental aspects of the sport-stretching, falling, sweat, bugs, the food police, and more. A fount of prescriptions and wisdom, The Elements of Effort offers a disarming collection of ideas to mull over as you participate in your daily run. So grab your cassette player, lace up your running shoes, and enjoy narrator L.J. Ganser's entertaining performance.
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