Welcome to the latest monthly update (February 2016) of 'Books on Bowls' - a unique resource of books, videos and DVDs on bowls of all the major codes. My aim is to make the site as comprehensive as possible to ensure that we have an authoritative record of bowls media for our great game where none existed before. Does any other sport have such a facility?
Written by John Carter, Bowls Through the Decades - The Proud History of Over 100 Years of Bowls in New Zealand is a profusely illustrated, fascinating fact-packed publication with an encyclopaedic coverage of subjects. It brings to 29 the number of New Zealand books listed on this site, one less than the History section, where it's also listed.
This is a hobby site that reflects my collection of bowls books, videos and DVDs and I'm sorry but I don't sell any of them directly. However, if you're interested in starting or adding to a collection, Buying Books, Videos and DVDs should help.
Only books concerned exclusively or largely with the major bowls codes, and generally available to the public, are included. Books of local interest, such as those dealing with counties, states or single clubs are excluded, as are journals and catalogues.
For simplicity, the following icons are used throughout the site:
Ebook; Short mat; Kindle.
The number of books listed on this site is now 334 - the vast majority relating to the flat green code; crown green and short mat bowls titles account for 15 and three respectively. Details of 18 videos and 11 DVDs are also recorded (February 2016).
My own collection of bowls books represents the bulk of the total number listed on this site. Details of the remainder have been obtained from a variety of sources and are usually incomplete, and this is where your help would be greatly appreciated. If you can provide any information where you see a question mark or the words 'Not known', or have a book that's not listed, then please go to the Feedback Form and fill in the relevant boxes. And please if you come across any errors, inconsistencies or broken links. As a small token of my appreciation, your contributions will be recognised on the Acknowledgements page and a link added if your club or organisation has a Website. I'm most grateful to those whose names already appear there. By the same token, I'm happy to try to answer any of your questions relating to books, videos or DVDs on bowls.
Creating this site has been a labour of love. If you've found it - good! If you find it interesting - great! If you find it useful - even better! Enjoy!