|Title||Bowls - Light and Merry|
|Publisher||Evan Llewellyn, Worthing Bowls Club, England|
|List price||Not known|
|Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
|18.8 x 12.0|
|Number of pages||80|
|Number of pages with||Coloured photos||Black & white photos||Line drawings|
|Synopsis||The full title of this small book is Bowls - Light and Merry: a Miscellany and that's exactly what it is - a light-hearted humorous compilation of the author's observations of a wide range of bowls-related subjects.
The 80 pages are divided into two parts: the first looks at the game's main physical components such as the green, mat, jack, woods, players, etc, while the second part examines abstract topics with such wide ranging titles as 'Bowls' Philosophy', 'Something for "The Literary Cove"' and 'Family Affairs'.
Interestingly in his foreword, the author comments that 'There are only half a dozen serious books on bowls in existence, and none at all dealing with the rich humour of the game. This book then may become a pioneer, and . . .'. The author is wide of the mark in respect of his assertion that 'there are only half a dozen serious bowls books in existence' (see Books by Decade), but he may have a claim to being the first 'dealing with the rich humour of the game.' The closest contender of which I'm aware is John P Monro's The Humour of Bowls published in 1952 which itself claims to be the first 'to record the 'humorosities', humorous stories and humorous poetry relating to the sport.'