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Welcome to the latest monthly update (November 2015) 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?

What's new to the site

November sees the addition to the site of Bowled Over - The Bowling Greens of Britain, a brilliantly written groundbreaking book which explores the sport of bowls from its medieval beginnings to the present day. The culmination of ten years' research, it is the definitive illustrated companion to bowls and the first book to comprehensively look at the importance and crucial role of bowls in British sporting history. Profusely illustrated with 500 photographs and drawings, it will answer the Christmas present problem for bowlers of all codes and standards.

Not for sale

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: bowling green icon Bowling green; crown green icon Crown green;
ebook icon Ebook; short mat icon Short mat; kindle icon Kindle.

Number of books, videos and DVDs

The number of books listed on this site is now 332 - 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 (November 2015).


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!

Geoff Barnett (Webmaster)